Special thanks to Gaby Lieuw of Sand and Stilletos for this beautiful post!
The Tabebuia Billbergii, Yellow Poui or Kibrahacha as it is referred to locally (literally translated it means ‘ax-breaker’) is a tree that bursts into bloom after the first heavy rains fall between March and June. The bright yellow flowers thrive for a mere two to three days before dropping off to make way for leaves to start growing, so you need to be quick! (Unfortunately, I was on the late side so I only managed to capture a few that were still in bloom.)
If you do manage to be on the island in time to catch this springtime phenomenon, make your way out west where you will be greeted by rolling hills dotted with vivid patches of yellow. Several spots with great views of blooming Kibrachacha: Willibrodus, San Sebastian, Santa Cruz, Lagun, Jeremi, Knip and West Punt.
By the way, remind me again why there it isn’t a tradition in which we observe this unique occurrence? I say we commemorate it with an annual festival!
‘Fin fin a kose
un panja fel di gala
‘Spring rain has sown
a bright yellow gown
for the ax breaker.’
Haiku by: Kodachi Ken Senshi
Photo by: Philip Rademaker
Translation by: Carolina Gomes-Casseres