Is there also a plant that heralds the start of summer?
|Royal Poinciana trees usher in the wet season|
The Royal Poinciana fits that bill.
The start of each wet season’s start, near the end of May, is greeted by its fiery display of flowers.
Streets literally light up in their presence.
But it’s a strange light in that it’s not luminous at all, rather a deep luxurious shade – a copious canopy of sinewy yet strong branches and fern-like leaves.
|If you listen closely, you can hear their flowers sizzle|
in the puddles of the wet season's early rains
I half expect to hear them sizzle.