It's Flaming Red at the Rani Bagh - February 2011

Trip Start Feb 25, 2012
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of India  , Mahārāshtra,
Tuesday, February 8, 2011

It's a flaming red February at the Victoria Gardens.

Amherstia, Brownea, Saraca, you name it - they are all in bloom.  Amherstia Nobilis, a very rare tree is at its optimum best flowering though the flowers will continue almost until May.

More reds - the beautiful Brownea Coccinea

More orangy reds again - Saraca Asoca or Saraca Indica

Pretty climbers:
The large trumpet - Beaumontia grandiflora

Pretty red and yellow Capparis

Happy orange Senecio confusus:

Theobroma cacao - the chocolate tree:


Unidentified tree

Tree of Life - Guaiacum sanctum

Dillenia indica fruits

Palm tree inflorescence

The cannon ball tree - Couroupita guaianensis

The very rare Gustavia insignis or Gustavia superba as it is also known


Bauhinia blakeana - always a sight for sore eyes!

This is the old wooden heritage conservatory at the Byculla zoo.  Lets pray they do  not destroy this in the guise of modernisation!

The beautiful entrance archway

Leafy pathways to enjoy a long nature walk in the February morning sun. 

Zoo guards under a Saraca tree

Bats - The Byculla zoo is home to large natural colonies of fruit bats who undoubtedly find the many tall trees on the sprawling campus, most inviting.

A Munia basking in the morning sun

Turtles, a heron and a croc also basking in the morning sun, albeit coated with murky algae of their not so clean pond.  Poor creatures - beggars cant be choosers in this environment!

This poor large raptor is confined in a small cage, I hope he is released in the wild.  Several injured raptors have been kept in the zoo pending their recovery.
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