Pineapple (Ananas comosus)
Location: Kohala Coast, Big Island, Hawaii
I've been recording the progress of this pineapple's growth here for months, from the time it was about the size of a pine cone. By mid-January, the pineapple had doubled in size, and then it began to grow its beautiful crown.
The pineapple is plump and heavy now -- so heavy that its weight tipped it over nearly parallel to the ground a few days ago, although it is still firmly attached to the plant. Its crown is enormous, and the fruit is taking on a golden sun-drenched hue. Finally, it is almost ready to pick and eat.