Posted by Sugata (Lake Forest, United States) on 26 March 2009 in Plant & Nature.

Palash (Butea frondosa) is a flame red flower that covers this tree in spring time back home in India. If you look suddenly it will seem that the tree is on fire. All day, hundreds of these large flowers will fall down on the ground below and lay down a flaming red carpet under the tree. This spring I am far away from home, but I keep remembering the Indian spring with the Palash and mango flowers and the cry of the cuckoo.

This photo was taken in Kolkata, West Bengal, India in March 2008.

Thanks a lot to everyone who commented on my photos, or even stopped by for a visit. The comments have been pouring in pretty fast (there are nearly 5000 already!) and I'm finding it increasingly difficult to reply to each individually. I'd rather spend that time in viewing others' photos and commenting there. But I do read each comment individually, and if you ask me something specific, I'll answer that.

Sony DSC-W5
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ISO 100
24 mm

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