But does the start of the summer wet season have a similar botanical clue?
|Royal Poincianas bloom in May|
Turns out that there is, only you usually find it in town.
The Royal Poinciana tree unleashes a fiery display of flowers each year about mid May. Streets literally light up in their presence. But it’s a strange red luminescence in that it does not bring warmth, rather shade … a very deep and luxurious shade. All thanks to its copious canopy of outstretching branches and fern-like leaves.
|And shed their flowers|
in June with the start
of the summer rains
Rain drops and wind from the start of the rainy season soon to follow send these flame-like flowers to the ground one by one, or in clusters, on the blacktop and inevitably in puddles where when you see them you half expect to hear them sizzle:
Red hot flowers on rain cooled asphalt.