Thursday, February 23, 2006

Trees exploding in spring...

For the past few days I have been seeing a few trees of Dhak (Butea Frondosa or The Flame of the Forest). They are full of flowers. It is as if they herald the end of winter. No wonder they flower around Basant Panchami, the festival of spring. I am always reminded of the words of the poet Ezra Pound when I see this tree in flower: "The difference between a gun and a tree is a difference of tempo. The tree explodes every spring." This is how the tree looks when it 'explodes'. And this is an illutration from a book which was presented to the directors of the East India Company.
I would love to upload a few photographs I had taken of this tree some years ago. Let me see if I can find them.
p.s. An entry in my blog at sulekha.com on the same subject