From time to time the Talisay (Terminalia cattapa), a native tree to Saipan, will have its own Fall. It will turn all of its leaves red and then shed them on the ground.
It happens more than once a year, following their own season not yet understood and undecoded by man.
The Talisay is also called the Pacific Almond for its edible almond-flavored seed. My best friend tells me that her mother used to collect the nuts and would eat them with some honey. The Nosa (Bridled-White eye) loves to search for insects under the Talisay's canopy.
The Flame Tree season is slowly creeping upon us while the romance and the beauty that is the Talisay Fall will mostly go unnoticed.