Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Kapok Season in a Few Days

The bagras trees were planted onto the amphitheater steps
The amphitheater out the classroom window

Quick Post: I was having class yesterday in Building 1.  It was a drawing studio class so when my students were doing their drawing plates, I noticed that the natural light was nice in the college's amphitheater.  The bagras (Eucalyptus deglupta) trees the faculty planted several years ago are reaching about 8 meters in height or more.  But still towering over them is the sole kapok tree (Ceiba pentandra) which is about to wreak its fruiting havoc in a few days.  The heavily fruit-burdened branches will release the snow like fibers attached to the wannabe-airborne kapok seeds.  It is like snow,  a spectacle to see - but will be quite detrimental to ones having asthma.  Soon the whole college floor will be teeming with the fluffy kapok fibers. Time to bring out my again fashionable face mask. 
The impending asthma danger that is the kapok fruits

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