I truly love the rich green pervasiveness of the rain forest that I see every single day. Abundant foliage and grassy expanses infuse my soul with a sense of well-being, life and vitality. So it seems slightly unappreciative to admit that I often miss the changing colors of the leaves in North America. Maybe that is why I am totally enamored with the Brazilian golden rain tree which protrudes from the landscape this time of year. This tree conspicuously flaunts its dazzling golden wonder as if to defy my secret longings.
The golden rain tree blooms in August and continues to sport its glorious color until late September. When I look up and see these radiant blossoms all day, every day, it somehow fills that hankering for autumn. The only disconnect is the heat index of 100 degrees. But on the rare days when it clouds over and dips down to the upper 70’s my joy is almost complete. Oh, for some apple cider on days like that…oops there I go again.