July 16, 2009

Roadtripping Sahyadris: Part 5

Mumbai - Andheri - Varsova - Thane - Shahpur - Kasara Ghats - Nasik - Sinnar - Shirdi - Sinnar

Love is like wildflowers; it's often found in the most unlikely places.
~ Now, who said that?

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Wildflowers of the Sahyadris

Do you agree that there is something extraordinary about Wildflowers? They have a resonance and beauty of their own. The fact that these flowers blossom from plants that grow defying all odds - whether extreme temperatures or paucity of moisture or other factors - make them more special.

Wildflowers give a certain character and beauty to the landscape. To feel what beauty of nature is, I have to briefly close my eyes and think of the Valley of Flowers.

While cruising through the Sahyadris in May this year, through the bright sunlight, I could recognize a few wild varieties of flowers. Those of red cotton tree (Bombax ceiba), Datura, Cassia with a variety of yellow flowers, an assortment of Lantana, Mader (both Calotropis procera and Calotropis gigantea) and different species of Mayflowers (mainly, Delonix regia) are a few to name. In spite of being a Botany student in the past, my knowledge of plants is insignificant so I’ll stop at that.

There was one type of plant that particularly caught my attention. Bush after bush and its wildflowers were distributed in the Sinnar and Shirdi region of the Sahyadris. These plants were growing in the wilderness where the parched soil was craving for rains in the hot summer months. It seemed like a species of the Myrtaceae family with conspicuous stamens but the plant did not have any fragrance.

The almost noon sun was high up and photography was not going to be easy. Nevertheless, I stopped by to try shooting a few pictures. Pleasure to share here:

....... to be continued

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SandyCarlson said...

These are beautiful flowers.

Island Rambles Blog said...

Happy Sky Watch, love the wild flowers, photos at noon are hard to do....have a great weekend...cheers.

Pearl Maple said...

Happy sky watch friday and how nice of you to share the lovely photos of wildflowers, they brighten the view.

magiceye said...

lovely images!

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Celine: Thanks for sharing your wildflower skies, I enjoy wildflowers.

mkreider said...

Beautiful shots. I love it when you include the occasional map. It helps me a lot.

AJEYA RAO said...

Cool. u in india?

Dewdrop said...

Lovely pink against the bold blue sky.

Mridula said...

What a coincidence, I too posted flowers today!

Naturegirl said...

Love your series of photos. Happy SWF!

B SQUARED said...

Wildflowers add so much beauty to any area. We had a former President's wife that made it her cause to promote the spread of wildflowers. Vacant lots, highways, etc., became living canvases of beauty.

Irene Toh said...

I love wildflowers.
Happy weekend.

rabbit said...

good shots...
you love roaming don't you :)

Indrani said...

Great series of shots!

indicaspecies said...

Thank you.

Island Rambles Blog,
Thanks for your lovely words.

Pearl Maple,
Thank you. My pleasure.


Fishing Guy,
Thank you.

Mark, thank you.

As I’ve written, this series of posts is of my trip in the month of May.

Yes, thanks for dropping by.

Your tulips are lovely!

Thank you very much.

Thank you for dropping by, leaving behind an interesting comment.
The lead to Claudia Johnson is appreciated.

Thank you, and same to you.

I do, and thought it’s obvious.

Thank you very much.