14 March 2019

You Choose (ThursdayTreeLove)

One a particularly chilly morning, I was trying to capture the colours of the sky as the Sun rose. As I checked the image, and despite not wearing my spectacles, I thought that something in the foreground was equally eye catching..

Sure enough, a closer look revealed that a Capparis was blooming and its flowers begged me to admire them too. Capparis grandis belongs to the Capparaceae family and its flowers characteristically have showy white protruding stamens.
Pachunda, Capparis, vetal tekdi
I was torn between the glorious sky and the beautiful flowers of this tree. 
I am unable to choose which is more beautiful.. 
I leave the choice to you!

This is my 40th post on this Label/Hashtag as I join Parul in her ThursdayTreeLove Blog hop. Its been a Tree(mendous) journey, one that I hope to continue to read (on other blogs) and share (here). So dear readers, join us on this blog hop to see some beautiful trees from around the world or better still, share yours!

06 March 2019

What Do You See? (Wordless Wednesday)

Here are two images, the second is slightly zoomed version - both on my humble phone camera.

What do you see? Do share your thoughts as comments.

All answers will be correct! 

28 February 2019

Arrows (ThursdayTreeLove)

I spotted this Mango tree in full bloom quite recently. Almost every branch and subbranch seems to have an inflorescence.  They reminded me of tiny arrows that seem to have framed the tree almost creating a brilliant halo around it! 

Actually almost all Mango trees are blooming right now. The profuse flowering suggests a bumper harvest but usually many of the flowers fall off (for various reasons) and the actual fruiting may be lesser than the number of flowers.

Here is an image of the inflorescence. 
Have you noticed the Mango blossoming in your city? 
While there are several varieites of mangoes, they are horticultural variants of Mangifera indica. Mango belongs to the Anacardiaceae family.  Cashew and the Indian Ash Tree are also members of Anacardiaceae.

I am joining Parul in her ThursdayTreeLove bloghop. Head over to see some fantastic trees from around the world. Better still join in! 

27 February 2019

Revealed (Wordless Wednesday)

These models displayed at the Toyota History Garage in Tokyo's Venus Fort showcase the amazing technology of the Prius!

20 February 2019

Exercise Motivation (Wordless Wednesday)

Pune hills, tekdi, dawn
Looking back as we climb up the tekdi - the city is awakening

Breaking dawn, Pune, rising sun
The moon and the morning star shine brightly as the Sun prepares to rise 

Pune, Sky, Morning
Glorious morning colours
Setting Supermoon

14 February 2019

Tennis Balls (ThursdayTreeLove)

January sees many trees lose their foliage in Pune and spring with its profuse flowering is still a few weeks away. Yet there is one tree that brings a smile not merely by its blooming but also by the 'flowers' themselves! 

I am referring to Parkia biglandulosa which is locally called Chenduful belonging to the Mimosaceae family. Its a common avenue tree here and one realises its in bloom as one has to side step what look like furry balls when walking on the road. They obviously are not something kids have played with and one is compelled to look up. I have unfailingly been amazed to be looking up at what looks like tennis balls hanging down from the branches of the tree

Each of these balls, is just the inflorescence and consists of several flowers. They remind me of tennis balls and I am still unable to understand why this Parkia is called Badminton Ball tree.. As far as I know, Badminton is played with a shuttlecock so... 

Parkia biglandulosa is not native to India but I have seen it growing across the country even at one of our bases in the north east. Our daughter remembers playing with these blossoms and even preserving one of the furry balls in a box.. She still doesnt remember why and what happened to it later! More recently, one of the children in my Tree Walk group collected it as a memory of our walk! 
A lovely tall tree with delicate leaves that reminds of the Gulmohor. I am sure most of you would have noticed these fallen 'tennis balls'. If not, do look out for them as Parkia is still blooming at least here in my city! 
I am joining Parul in her ThursdayTreeLove bloghop. Do head over to see some great trees from around the world. 
Better still, join in!