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Silk floss tree blossoms

October 21, 2010

I saw the silk floss blossoms today as they caught the early morning sunlight. They’re late in coming, but it’s still October, their usual month of visiting.

Silk floss catches the lightSilk floss catches the light

It is a tall tree,  and the blossoms are right on top, where the sunlight first caresses the tree, and the camera did the blossoms justice as it zoomed in to catch their delight.

Thorny Bark of silk floss tree

Thorny Bark of silk floss tree

New blossoms in an old, towering tree. The bark has thorny structures, and is green, looks quite surreal, prehistoric, a neighbor mentioned. But the beautiful flowers are soft, pink, gentle and attract hummingbirds. The tree is quite a talking point in the neighborhood, and I know neighbors will watch and photograph the tree as well, because it may be in ‘my’ garden, but it belongs to no one, except perhaps the earth. Like my children who have grown to be taller than me, it is mine to care for when needed, but not mine to own.

Towering silk floss tree

Towering silk floss tree

In their softness, the flowers will soon take over the canopy, allowing the leaves time to rest.
That is the way of Tao.
As they fall, they will provide work for us to clean the driveway and the road.
That’s the way of human life on earth.
The neighbors do not complain at the mess the flowers make as they fall on the road.
That’s the way of civil society.
The insects will find a wonderful feast as the sweetly fragranced flowers fall to the ground.
That’s the way of loving connection.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. Seema permalink
    October 21, 2010 10:59 am

    hey Meenakshi! I love this tree too and wait for it bloom every year! I caught my first glimpse of this tree this season just a couple of days ago – there is a full circle of these trees on a round-about in Chanakyapuri – will go to see it soon and post pictures too 🙂

    • October 23, 2010 4:53 pm

      Wow, I didn’t even realize they’re in Chanakyapuri. I mostly remember the laburnums. I guess it’s because I rarely come in winter now.

  2. October 22, 2010 12:17 am

    Bringing the tree in front of us in both ways. Fine description.

  3. November 13, 2010 4:15 pm

    I have never been introduced to this tree before – thank you so much! Like a rose that covers its stem with thorns, holding the would-be thief at bay, this thorn-studded tree does the same, protecting its delicate flowers. What a treasure.

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