It's Flaming Red at the Rani Bagh - February 2011
Trip Start Feb 25, 2012
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Byculla, Rani Bagh, Victoria Gardens, Jijabai Bhonsle Udyan, Mumbai
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
The large trumpet - Beaumontia grandiflora
Pretty red and yellow Capparis
Happy orange Senecio confusus:
Theobroma cacao - the chocolate 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.