Not so long ago my husband made a trip to some rural areas of Maharashtra and on the way back he saw a beautiful tree with no leaves and lots of scarlet bell-shaped flowers. He broke off a little brunch to show me the blooms.
It’s amazing how many trees in India flower in red and orange – with [url=http://www.indiapalette.com/a-gift-form-the-gulmohar-tree-in-india]gulmohar[/url] tree being perhaps the most spectacular and well known. Actually, all of them look rather breathtaking when covered with blooms like burning flames, whose brightness is enhanced by the generous Indian sun. My husband’s gift was no exception. I just imagined the flowers he brought multiplied by dozens and carefully placed by mother nature on the branches of a tree waiting for its new foliage.
Well, even though my imagination is one of the most potent sources of my enjoyment, I do like seeing things for real:) Yesterday my desire was granted – on my usual route to the supermarket I happened to see this tree. This is what I like about India – there is always a space for surprise in the most ordinary situation. I’ve been to that supermarket million times before and never noticed anything extraordinary on the way. Apparently, I was not the only one – when I started taking pictures of the blooms, a small crowd quickly gathered around and everyone was looking at the flowers with a sense of wonder. (
Or perhaps people were just wondering what this crazy foreigner was taking pictures of? :)) )
Anyway, here are the flowers that inspired these photographs
And by the way, it’s Bombax ceiba, or Red Silk-Cotton tree, according to all-knowing Wiki 🙂
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