It's bloom time for this tree which is known for its striking beauty and the shade it provides. The city skyline is now dotted with the red of 'gol mohur' and the gold of laburnums. Googling around, I found out that this species is known by several other names: Flamboyant, Peacock flower, Flame of the Forest, Royal Poinciana and Fire Tree. In the north eastern part of India, it is called 'krishnachura'. It is said to be a native of Madagascar but it is also grown in many parts of the world where it's warm and sunny.
Glory be to God for dappled things- For skies of couple-colour as a brinded cow; For rose-moles all in stipple upon trout that swim; Fresh-firecoal chestnut-falls; finches' wings; Landscape plotted and pieced--fold, fallow, and plough; And all trades, their gear and tackle and trim. All things counter, original, spare, strange; Whatever is fickle, freckled (who knows how?) With swift, slow; sweet, sour; adazzle, dim; He fathers-forth whose beauty is past change: Praise him. Gerard Manley Hopkins
The first flowering shrub I planted on our land
Every flower is a soul blooming in Nature.-Gerard De Nerval
Shall I not have intelligence with the earth? Am I not partly leaves and vegetable mould myself? -Henry David Thoreau