Just behind my new studio is a clump of banana 'trees'. I glanced up today and noticed something unusual: a reddish leafy thing.
On closer inspection I could see - wow! - baby bananas!
The bananas seem to grow in a rotation around inside the flower and the 'petals' fall off one after the other as the hand of bananas ripens.
I had to resort to a ladder and the flash and zoom to take a good image of the flowers against the bright sky.
If you look carefully below, you can see the back end of a wasp that is helping itself to the nectar.
Aren't they exotic! I suppose they are a common, unremarkable sight to people in many parts of the world, but I am thrilled to have them in my own back garden. The bananas are quite small and I suspect they are what Wiki calls 'wild' bananas. But I'm definitely going to taste one. The problem will be getting up that high. Any suggestions? Does anyone know anything about when to pick them?