The flowering trees of summer are a beautiful sight. Our landscape is ablaze with the glorious reds, pinks, and the yellows. And talking about the last colour, the fragrant blooms of the Indian Laburnum truly stand out.
On roadsides and parks, on hills dotting our city, there's this shimmer of gold that catches your eye, holds your attention. And in the searing heat of summer, the sight does not fail to lift our spirits. Locally known as "Sonaru" which means golden. This tree is also called the Golden Shower tree. The botanical name is Cassia fistula. In Hindi, it is Amaltas.
Words from Joyce Kilmer's poem come to mind...
I think that I shall never see A poem lovely as a tree...
The must-see site of Indian flowers http://www.flowersofindia.net has more on this. Another site for native plants that I can't do without is-- http://www.indianetzone.com/ where all the details are given.
I hope you enjoy going through these pictures of clusters of gold. I know I've gone a little overboard. But every time I pass by one of these beautiful trees, I stop and click away. I've taken so many that it was hard to select from my long list!
P.S. My internet connection went for a six on Friday which is why I haven't been able to respond to comments here nor comment on your blogs. But I promise I'll be there soon. Have a great week!
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