Family and Friends
This week your mother flew east to Philadelphia to visit two more granddaughters, and I flew north to Tobago to visit missionaries and members.
Last June, when we arrived in Trinidad, it rained everyday and everything was green and tropical. The next week we visited Guyana and Suriname and both countries were flooded. Obviously, we had arrived in the rainy season. It continued to rain, but not as much for the next eight months, until the end of February and then nothing. No more rain, just sunshine. The Dry season had arrived .
In Utah, the leaves change color in the fall because of the longer and colder nights, but in the Caribbean the leaves don't change color, they just dry up, turn brown and fall off. This doesn't happen in September and October like in Utah, but in March and April. The temperature doesn't get colder here either. It is 85 degrees everyday, year round.
The mountains in Trinidad have been brown for the past two months since the trees lost their leaves do to the drought , except for the palm trees. Last week we noticed that the mountains were turning bright yellow. Our neighbors told us that this is the sign that the rains are coming! The tree is called the Poui Tree which produces not a yellow leaf but thousands of yellow flowers at the end of the dry season.
When we talked with some students, they told us that it also indicates that it is time to take their final examinations. "When the Poui blossoms appear, exams are near" And now you know the rest of the story!
Enjoy the pictures of the yellow flowers of the Pouli Trees in the Caribbean.