A Tropical Garden in Panama City

We are in the middle of our rainy season, which extends from Mid-April to Mid-December.  However, this will be an odd year.  Pundits are announcing that El Niño is expected this year.  This means we will receive much less precipitation than last year.  It is most likely that our countryside will be severely hit and power outages are not out of the equation if El Niño is as hot and dry as anticipated.  We are apprehensive as to what will happen during the upcoming months.

Meanwhile we are enjoying almost daily cloud bursts providing a blanket of fresh green grass and gorgeous tropical flowers.  Below are several pictures of a garden at the entrance of a Pizza Hut Restaurant in the neighborhood of El Dorado.  Ain’t that nice?

Photo by ©Omar Upegui R. (Kindly click image to enlarge.)
Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.
Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.
Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.
Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.
Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.

All shots were taken with a compact P&S Canon PowerShot A720 IS—handheld—at midday with a tortuous bright sun.  The camera’s setting was semiautomatic Program Mode.


4 thoughts on “A Tropical Garden in Panama City”

  1. Those flowers are nice. In fact, they’re beautiful. But the palms are pretty, too. Is it common for them to be so slender at the bottom? They look almost top-heavy, like they might break off. But that could be just the way they grow. It makes sense that you’d have different species of palms there, as well as different flowers.

  2. Panama, being a bridge between two large masses of land, possess many species of animals and plants only found in this part of the continent. We are blessed to have a rich variety of plants and fauna.

    These species of plants grow this way naturally—slender at the bottom. They are very popular to decorate businesses and homes in Panama.

  3. El Niño. Explains a lot. I’ve wondered why we’ve gone several days at a time lately with no rain.

    People up in the Great White North really don’t understand the “rainy season.” They think it rains 31 (that’s 24-7), and I’ve tried to explain to them that I can probably count on the fingers of one hand how many days it has rained all day long in the last 4+ years I’ve been here. Mornings, I tell them, are generally wonderful. A bright sun in a clear blue sky. Things start to cloud up around noon and then in the late afternoon you can expect a Biblical-sized deluge for an hour or so, all to be repeated the next day. But this year has definitely been different.

  4. I’m afraid this year will be a lot different from the last previous years. Rain has been light and infrequent. El Niño is expected and feared by many, specially at the “Arco Seco” which includes the Central Provinces of Herrera, Los Santos and Coclé.

    Panama authorities are giving El Niño some serious consideration. Even the Chamber of Commerce is talking about power outages during the last quarter of this year and first quarter of next year. I’m referring to the Pacific Side; the opposite is expected to happen on the Atlantic, meaning an over abundance of precipitation.

    Are the forecasters accurate? Don’t know. Will wait and see. Prepare for the worse and wish for the best.

    BTW, I liked your post about your trip to Bocas del Toro. I lived in that area of Panama for more than 15 years while growing up. Brings many happy memories. Isla Colón and Almirante are names that bring melodies to my mind.

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