Jun 2, 2020

Cool shade (of the fire tree)

Needle-shedding cypress trees signal the winter dry season.

But does the start of the summer wet season have a similar botanical clue?

row of Royal Poinciana
trees in May

Answer, yes:

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.

Summer are a welcome relieve

June rains reliably drop the flame-like flowers to the ground.

You'd almost expect them to sizzle (given their color).

The truth is those June showers cool everything off.

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