|lowland rainforest, Costa Rica|
I had imagined the tropical rainforest but tropical dry forest was quite unexpected.
It is lovely and green in the wet season (March to October)
|flowering vine, Guanacaste, rainy season|
Cracks open in the ground big enough to swallow your pen and maybe the keys.
Most trees lose their leaves.
And many trees flower!
All through the dry season, different big tree species come into bloom. They save water to flower when leafless and make a dramatic display that draws pollinators from far away. The colors are truly tropical: orange, red, yellow, hot pink. And the pollinators, birds, bees, butterflies, are a joy to watch.
One of the natives that flowers in the dry season is Plumeria, frangipani. (See my blog post about Plumeria link). Here it is flowering on a hillside above a Pacific beach. Note the columnar cactus.
A rainless period of hot weather, from October to March, with a coastline of sandy Pacific beaches...that's another great thing about Guanacaste.
Then, just when you've been hot and dry, parched and dusty, for what seems forever, the rainy season clouds roll in, the skies open, and the cycle repeats.
One of my favorite places.
Comments and corrections welcome.
Kathy Keeler, A Wandering Botanist
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