Pineapple (Ananas comosus)
Location: Kohala Coast, Big Island, Hawaii
Beginning last November, I documented the growth of a pineapple in my garden over a period of several months, from the time it was a very small fruit until it was ready to pick. (That particular pineapple has since been harvested and eaten!) The stage that was omitted from that previous series was the earliest one: the pineapple flower.
Here is a new pineapple flower that is blooming in our garden now. The beginning of what will be the pineapple's crown is just starting to form in the center of the flower. I took this photo a few days ago, immediately after a rain. Look carefully and you will see that the pineapple has captured some rainwater in the crown.