This week’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Changing Seasons is quite different down here in the Southern Hemisphere where Summer has just begun.
In Brisbane we’ve had a spell of temperatures in the high 30’s. Last Thursday it was 39 degrees C in the shade on my deck. For those of you on the northern half of the globe that’s 101 degrees F. Mind you, in the south of Australia, snow fell in 2 states on that same day last week!!!!
These beautiful poinciana trees herald the arrival of summer in Brisbane and they are at their most spectacular right now.
The trees tend to be wider than they are tall – providing lots of shade in our hot weather.
Later on the flowers are followed by enormous 60-70 cm long black/brown woody bean pods (ie 24-28 inches long) which are decidedly unattractive and the trees are less picturesque at that stage. It’s a small price to pay though for these delightful flowers.
This last photo is courtesy of Berthold Werner who has kindly released this photo into the public domain.
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