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Shiv-kamal


Shiv-kamal
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Copyright: Ruby Sarkar (rubyfantacy) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 84 W: 1 N: 417] (2627)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-08-21
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Canon PowerShot SX 120 IS
Exposure: f/4.3, 1/200 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-12-24 4:31
Viewed: 2948
Points: 4
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this flower had been a fascination to me since i saw it for the first time at Rabindra Sarobar park, in Kolkata, few years back.
at that time i had no idea what flower it was. i inquired, but couldn't get any satisfactory answer. the petal architecture, i found to be, amazing! the colour was very sweet and soothing. and then i remembered, as a child, i went to Belur Math (founded by Swami Vivekanada ) as a part of school trip, and there the guide had shown and explained the petals of this flower. unfortunately, i remembered the story, but not the name of the flower. what i remembered... he mentioned snake and Shivlinga...

this photograph was taken in this year. i found this tree in Kumortuli, Kolkata. we went there for some photo-shoots as a part of our workshop. the camera i had used then had 10X optical zoom, but i had to go to the digital zoom range (which was always discouraged by our photography-school instructors) to get this beauty. i had no other option. but the photograph came to be satisfactory. am happy for that.

well, this flower is known as Naglingam, in South of India and in Bengal. in Hindi, it is known as 'Shiv-kamal'. in both the cases, it is related to Lord Shiva. in English, it is familiar as the 'Cannonball tree' and the scientific name is 'couroupita guianensis'.
the flowers are scented and each flower has got six thick bowl-shaped petals. within them lay a circle of barren stamens without pollen grouped around the ovary. a ladle-like accessory pokes out to one side and curve protectively over the ovary. this odd arrangement ensures the fact that if the transfer of pollen by an insect from another flower is not accomplished then self-pollination will take place. the reason behind this is that when the flower starts to dry up, the appendage of pollen-bearing stamens closes over the style that is thus pollinated.

the fruits of this BIG tree look like my favourite Sabeda (manilkara zapota)fruits. actually they are hard and brown balls that attain the size of a coconut. they take eight to nine months of time to get matured and also contain a group of very unpleasantly smelling and pale yellow pulp.

this tree is considered as evergreen and it also sheds its foliage at the end of the season. actually, though the old leaves fall together, the rapidness of appearing the new ones make sure that the tree is never bare for more than about a week.

detailed information courtesy: www.indianetzone.com

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Hello Ruby,
Spectacular composition with excellent contrast and colors.
It is a interesting image taken from a very nice POV.
The details and vivid colors are great.
Thanks for sharing!
Marius.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
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Hello Ruby,
What a gorgeous looking flower. I have never seen anything quite like it before, hard to believe it is actually from a tree. The features look so delicate and the colors are stunning. Maybe a little on the dark side, but only you know what the lighting was like when you took this shot. Very informative notes. Well done!!
Ron

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