Ash street is lined with mature grandiflora trees, some rising up to about 8 meters and trunks measuring over 50 cm diameter. That’s where I found these spectacularly coloured fruiting cones. Starting out in a dull green, they turn a vivd red and eventually the seeds in even brighter skins pop out of their chambers – a delight for the birds who like the fleshy cover of the kernels. There was plenty of birdsong up in the trees, I noticed thrushes, blackbirds, mynah birds and starlings. The coloration is shortlived, as the cones brown off rapidly after the seed cells start opening up.