I took the time to take a closer look at the structure of the cones themselves - what little miracles they are! Angular and perfect, and looking rather like those strange "fractals" that are so beloved of the boffins and mathematicians!
... even the pine needles are exqusite when you really take the touble to look! Complete with tiny cones, which are the products of this year's "flowers". They will not start to look like cones until next year and then mature the year after that!