Rhapsody in Yellow


Snapshot of a Guayacán yellow tree in the neighborhood of Hato Pintado in Panama City, Panama. Photo by Omar Upegui R.

There was a man in love with trees in Panama City.  Unfortunately he passed away several years ago.  He was remembered as a man with a large straw hat collecting Guayacán tree seeds.  During the weekends he would roam the city followed by a group of young children collecting seeds.  The kids would wear the same type of hat. Then he would plant these seeds and decorate the city with this gorgeous tree.

After an automobile accident, he lost his car, so he made his usual sojourns in a  battered old bicycle.  His love for the Guayacán trees is legendary in this country.  His name is Jorge Fujimori, of Japanese descent.  He definitely left a legacy in this city painting it with yellow, white, purple and pink.

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.

Thinking about it, Jorge Fujimori was very much like Johnny Appleseed.  The latter was enamored with apples while Jorge was captivated by Guayacanes.  Thank you Jorge and Johnny for your contribution in making our planet a better place to live.

Yep, a person can make a difference; all it takes is love and a good cause.  Good Day.

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3 thoughts on “Rhapsody in Yellow”

  1. The color is fabulous, of course. But something else that I noticed is the trunk. They’re beautiful — so straight and smooth. It looks to me like a perfect landscape tree. How long do they bloom? Some of our most beautiful trees bloom only for a couple of weeks. It would be very nice if this one keeps its flowers a little longer.

  2. Their blooming period is quite brief, about two to three weeks. Then all the beautiful flowers drop to the ground forming a bright circle of color, (e.g. yellow, white, pink, and purple). The neighborhood of Bethania is famous in Panama for the numerous Guayacanes within its vicinity.

    We have a few in Residencial El Bosque as well.

    Regards,

    Omar.-

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