In truth, I took these photos some days ago. Now there is no more sea, just a few straggling, shriveled flowers, trying to hang on in the face of punishing temperatures and furnace-hot winds (The other day we had 51℃ [123.8℉] and today it is 40℃ [104℉]). Now the trees look like this:
And yes, that is the color of the sky, and not because it is sunset. Vive l'air pur de Caire!
I think next year, we will plan our vacation time to coincide with summer here. I think Cairo in summertime is going to be very like Paris in August: Everyone who can leave leaves.
*When the trees were at their best, I preferred the deeper red one, but its flowers, instead of fading, simply shrivel and die, while the vermillion blossoms seem to have a longer lifespan.