Spring into Primavera or Winter

Spring into Primavera by Rudy Girón

Soon the cloud-free dark blue skies will be nothing but a memory and gray skies and rainy days will be the norm until November. Ni modo, that’s what it is and we better get used to it.

Anyhow, Guatemala is the land of the eternal Spring because everything is so green and flowering year round. Guatemala is also in the northern hemisphere and thus we have the same seasons at the same time as the big countries up north. In other words, Guatemala entered the Spring season about a month ago and Summer will arrive on June 21. However, Guatemala is also located in the tropic region, and the seasons just get fuzzy and blurry. Thus people in Guatemala refer to the rainy season as Invierno (Winter) even though the rainy season falls during Spring, Summer and Autumn. The dry season is known as Verano (Summer) regardless of whether the weather is chilly and sometimes cold because of the winter wings that blow from the north.

So, are you confused yet Invierno and Verano?

© 2012, Rudy Giron. All rights reserved.

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  • El Canche

    Great picture! Beautiful clear clean,solid colours framing a lone flowering plant….has to be an Antigua sky. Yes, the seasons confuse me, but since weather is usually warm, it’s all OK. I used to like to sit in a terraza espanola and watch the afternoon rain running down the cola de quetzal plants….very relaxing.

  • Mary Burich

    Thanks for yet another fine photo, Rudy. The plant on the roof looks like an oleander to me. What is the name of the plant shown in your photo, in Spanish? Adelfa?

  • Ricardo

    Growing up in La Antigua, we only had Invierno – the rainy season – roughly from May to November, then “ya se acabó el Invierno”.
    Even thru Invierno most mornings and early afternoon are sunny, hot and humid.
    The notion of Spring, to Us was only the commercials about Land of Eternal Spring, Primavera to us was a name, a concept, flowers all year long, not a season.
    We never said Verano, maybe the epoch of La Canícula, so hot when even the sensontles sing to the skies for rain.
    It was until my first trips to USA when it shocked me that weather and seasons are such en event.

    Come on down to La Antigua, do. You will not care about The Weather Report. 🙂