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A morning in Lalbagh...

I spent a very pleasant morning at Lalbagh today....I started at the Glass House, where the floral exhibits for Independence Day are taking shape, and this Anthurium exhibit was stunning....


anthurium display glass house 130808





As I walked around, both cultivated and "grow-on-the=tree" flowers caught my eye.

Here's an insect pollinating one flower:

un id flower with insect

The Seeta Ashoka tree still has some flowers, though it's strictly not the season:


seeta ashoka leaves and flowers


The water lilies on the lake are breathtakingly beautiful...


water lily 130808


The spider lilies, aptly named for their shape, bloom along the shores of the water bodies:



spider lilies


I couldn't identify this tree, which had such beautiful flowers:


unid flowering tree 130808 lalbagh

I walked past the old pavilion; what tales it could tell of the British Raj!

old pavilion lalbagh


The ants' nest, where several leaves are pasted together, was another great architectural work, to rival the pavilion...


ants' nest in tree


The spotted owlets were in one of their usual haunts, and looked down sleepily at me:

spotted owlets

A rose-ringed parakeet posed briefly for me before taking off to look for more fruits...


rose-ringed parakeet lalbagh 130808


It's easy to see, at this time of the year, how the copper pod tree got its name:


copper pod tree lalbagh 130808

The majestic trees sometimes framed the scenery of the smaller plants:


scenery with bouginvillea lalbagh

I also came across one tree which was being venerated:


mara puja


Though it seemed a little strange to me to put the flowers of one tree on another as a mark of reverence and worship!



The trees and the skyline of the lake also made a lovely silhouette...


the upward climb lalbagh


Having gathered more than these images in my mind's eye, I walked out of the park, feeling at peace and refreshed!


PS.
I had made this entry in my Citizen Matters blog, but I didn't realize that the CM blog suddenly stopped supporting (it did,earlier...dunno what happened) pictures, so all I got was this weird narrative with no photographs!

So I posted the actual account above....sorry if any of you went to that narrative-that-made-no-sense-without-the-visuals!
Tags: blog, citizen matters, garden, lalbagh, photography
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