Hawaiian color for those still waiting for spring

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This time of year, those of us who live in the northern temperate zone, which Wikipedia calls the “tepid  latitudes,” begin to stretch and wake up from winter with the arrival of the pastels of cherry and apple blossoms, and daffodils. In the Pacific Northwest, these colors soon
fade in the rainstorms

red palm tree

that accompany them into town, but unlike the tepid climate, the residents there are anything but lukewarm about the first signs of spring. We pay attention to our flowers and flowering trees, knowing that we could lose them at any time to a surprise rain or hailstorm.

The story is different in the tropics where the colors are more intense, as is the sun and probably the storms, though thankfully we haven’t experienced the latter.

I’ve posted a sampler of trees and flowers from Honolulu. I have a feeling that the Hawaiians, who see color like this exploding year round, take it for granted, something those of us who live in a cooler climate with shorter growing seasons never do.

About stillalife

I retired June 30, 2010 after working for 40 years in the field of education and most recently doing school public relations/community outreach in a mid-size urban school district. I wrote for superintendents and school board members. Now I'm writing for me and I hope for you. In this blog, I offer my own views coupled with the latest research on how to preserve our physical and mental health as we age, delve into issues most of us over 50 can relate to like noticing wrinkles and forgetting where we left our keys, discuss the pros and cons of different ways to engage our minds and bodies after we leave the workplace, and throw in an occasional book review, all peppered with a touch of humor, irony, and just plain silliness. Also, I'm on the third draft of my second novel since retirement.
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