Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Poincianas In June

To hear some people talk about them the poinciana trees are being decimated by the city's tree commission. I have no idea but I see plenty of them around. Bright orange splashes over the city.
It's the time of year when orange blossoms fall to the ground and cover everything, the just and the unjust alike. 
I couldn't get a picture of Rusty in a poinciana tree so I took this picture of him instead, enjoying his walk, oblivious to the trees that interested me: 
 The Old Harris School in the background appears to be undergoing a renovation of some sort.

This old place on Carsten Lane has been made habitable apparently though it still seems like a work in progress. It's been that since I can remember. 
Not a poinciana:
Some people call them royal poinciana though where that designation comes from I'm not sure.
In the Caribbean they call them flamboyants, which should be a timely reminder that Key West is not in the Caribbean. The Caribbean Sea laps the south coasts of Puerto Rico, Hispaniola and Cuba, not Key West. 
Indeed the Tropic of Cancer runs between Havana and Key West making the Cuban capital properly tropical while the Conch Republic is actually sub tropical. Covered in flamboyant petals nonetheless.
In Africa and other more exotic parts they have similar growth they call Flame Trees, and if they look much like these poincianas you can see why.

I'm glad I don't live under one but I do enjoy walking past them in May and June and into the summer months proper.

Welcome to Flaming Key West.