I was out in the back yard this morning waiting around while Sasha was doing the doggy thing so I could clean up (ah, the life of a dog lover - it's not all fun and games, you know). I was looking at our bougainvillea which has grown into a large plant and which is currently full of flowers. On another fence I noticed a strange looking orange 'fruit' hanging from a vine that covered most of the fence. It reminded me of a Japanese lantern, a plant we had in the garden at home many years ago. I made a mental note to come back later with the camera.
In the late afternoon I came back for another look and discovered they were also growing all over the ficus hedge at the back. I also noticed that the 'fruit' I had seen in the morning was now split open and showing bright red seeds. The ants and wasps had also found them - I suspect they had been waiting around for them to open. I made some photos and then tried to find some information on them. After much sleuthing, I found out what they were - 'balsam apples' - although I've never seen apples looking like these. And I was right to think that they were weeds - they're prolific growers. I think I'll wait a few days, though, before I remove them - the ants and wasps looked like they were having such a good time.
(60mm f14 1/3 sec ISO200)