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PHOTOS: Poui Season in Trinidad & Tobago
Written by Janine Mendes-Franco On 17 May 2014 @ 19:59 pm | 3 Comments
In Caribbean, Citizen Media, English, Environment, Good News, Photography, Photos, Trinidad & Tobago, Weblog
Still, the jewels of the dry season, the pink and yellow Poui trees , continue to shine, offering a last burst of splendour as the entire country looks forward to the rains – and with it, the rebirth of green mountains – hopefully without denudation contributing to the kind of flooding  that has paralyzed  the country in the past.
In Trinidad and Tobago, the blooming of the Pouis is as culturally significant as the cherry blossoms in Japan . People often head to the Queen's Park Savannah  in Port of Spain  to picnic under the trees, spreading their blankets on the carpet of fallen flowers.
At Easter , it is traditional to go kite-flying: the sight of scores of colourful kites dancing against a backdrop of Poui trees is as Trinidadian as cricket  teams playing friendly weekend matches, seemingly being cheered on by the swaying of the Pouis’ branches.
Pouis bloom on hillsides across the country, in both urban and rural areas. The photo below, of a yellow Poui tree that is host to a family of bromeliads , was taken in the Village of Matelot, along Trinidad's north-east coast.
The stunning flowering of the Pouis is an annual reminder of hope and renewal, the closest thing to springtime in the Caribbean.
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URLs in this post:
 dry season: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/trinidad-and-tobago/weather
 Trinidad and Tobago: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trinidad_and_Tobago
 bush fires: http://ttfireservice.gov.tt/Safety/CommunitySafety/BushFireSafety.aspx
 Poui trees: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tabebuia
 flooding: https://globalvoicesonline.org/2008/11/19/trinidad-tobago-flood/
 paralyzed: http://globalvoicesonline.org/2012/08/12/trinidad-tobago-dark-cloud-gold-lining/
 cherry blossoms in Japan: http://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/04/09/photos-picnicking-under-japans-cherry-blossoms/
 Queen's Park Savannah: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Queen
 Port of Spain: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Port_of_Spain
 Easter: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Easter
 cricket: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cricket
 bromeliads: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bromeliaceae
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