Pine cone production
Part of a conifer showing different stages of pine cone reproduction. I'm afraid I don't know enough about the biology of pine cones to say any more, but I know that males and females are involved somewhere...
The last two weeks before you leave anywhere are always a bit potty. It's no different here. It hasn't been helped by a rush of peer review requests, each understandable on its own terms, so I've spent most of the day reading and writing in response to these requests, rather than getting on with my own stuff.
Further stages in future plans have, however, been explored.