The pomegranate tree pictured above is growing just north of Wilmington, NC at the Poplar Grove plantation. The ripening of the pomegranate is a mark of the season changing.
The greek goddess Demeter had a daughter Persephone who was kidnapped by Hades king of the underworld. Demeter was the goddess of growth and death of the earth's vegetation. When Persephone was kidnapped, Demeter went in to great mourning and refused to nourish the earth.