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Happy Holi

Happy Holi
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Copyright: Nirmal Roberts (nirmalroberts) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 345 W: 64 N: 705] (2857)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-03-21
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Fujifilm FinePix S6500fd, Fujinon f=6.2-66.7(28-300)mm 1:2.8-4.9, Marumi 58mm UV Haze
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/140 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Herbs used in medicine, flower(red) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-03-21 4:41
Viewed: 5751
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Butea monosperma.
Synonyms: Butea frondosa, Erythrina monosperma, Plaso monosperma.
Common names: Flame of the Forest, Parrot Tree.
Common Hindi names: Palash, Tesu, Dhak.
Plant: Up to 15m tall. Medium sized dry season-deciduous tree.
Leaves: Pinnate, with an 8-16cm petiole and three leaflets, each leaflet 10-20cm long.
Flowers: 2.5cm long, bright orange-red, produced in racemes up to 15cm long.
Fruit: Pod 15-20cm long and 4-5cm broad.
Native to tropical southern Asia, from Pakistan, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia, and western Indonesia.
The bark exudes a red juice that dries to form the Butea gum. The gum contains leucocyanidin, tetramer, procyanidin, gallic acid and mucilaginous material.
The gum is a powerful astringent; it is given internally for diarrhea, dysentery, phthisis and hemorrhage of the stomach and bladder.
Used in Ayurvedic medicine Lukol: Non-specific leukorrhea. Malaise and backache associated with leukorrhea. Pelvic inflammatory disease.
Used in Ayurvedic Hair loss Creams: Stimulates the Anagenic (Active) phase of hair growth cycle. Induces quick multiplication of hair fibre cells. Improves tensile strength of hair and increases hair density.
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Is a popular, Hindu spring festival, observed in Enitire India and Nepal, also called the Festival of Colours.
On the first day, Phalgun-poornima, the full-moon day of the month Phalgun, bonfires are lit at night to signify burning the demoness Holika, Hiranyakashipu's sister.
On the second day, people spend the day throwing coloured powder and water at each other. The spring season, during which the weather changes, is believed to cause viral fever and cold. Thus, the playful throwing of the coloured powders has a medicinal significance. The colours are traditionally made of Neem, Kumkum, Haldi, Bilva, and other medicinal herbs prescribed by Āyurvedic doctors. A special drink called thandai is prepared, sometimes containing bhang (Cannabis sativa). People invite each other to their houses for feasts and celebrations later in the evening.

Tesu (Butea monosperma) has special significance on Holi. Colour made of these flowers is traditionally used for playing Holi.

lousat, Art_R, ramthakur, jaycee, gerbilratz, zulfu, jpdenk, Bass has marked this note useful
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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-03-21 5:20]

HI Nirmal,welcome back and my best compliments for this great pic,perfect under all corners of view,excellent and interestings notes too,have a nice day,Luciano

Hi Nirmal,
good and inventive shot.

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  • Art_R Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 244 W: 20 N: 839] (3892)
  • [2008-03-21 6:21]

Hi Nirmal , a very nice photo , the colors are wonderful and bright , nice focus and detail , thank for sharing it .

Happy Easter


Happy Holi to you too, Nirmal!
I have a Flame of the Forest tree growing near our school and it is in full bloom these days.
You have captured a single flower of this tree very beautifully. The colour red is the most attractive feature of this spring bloom.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-03-21 8:41]

Hi Nirmal,

What a beautiful flower and a beautiful picture. This is really exquisite with marvelous colors and sharp sharp details. The composition is superb.


Hello Nirmal, just simply a stunning composition, very well done...TFs

Buen encuadre y mucha delicadeza en esta toma Nirmal. Los colores son sorprendentes por su belleza, acentuados por una tenue pero efectiva iluminación. Fotografía muy atractiva a mi gusto.
Saludos: Josep Ignasi Tejedor.

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2008-03-21 16:35]

Hello Nirmal,
Wonderful and lovely shot of this beutiful flower.Great composition. Have a nice Easter holiday! TFS and regards,

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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2008-03-21 23:48]

Welcome back, Nirmal and Happy Holi!

TFS the lovely colorful picture.



Hi Nirmal,

A beautiful photo of a beautiful flower, excellent note too.


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  • sayat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 280 W: 0 N: 258] (1457)
  • [2008-03-24 11:52]

Amazing flower with fantastic red color. Happy Holi my friend.

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  • Bass Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 173 W: 0 N: 233] (974)
  • [2008-03-31 11:00]

Hi Nirmal,
I like to learn about other cultures, so your note is very useful for me and my studies. Thank you a lot.
You picture is great, i love that shining colours. It´s a very strange flower, but great.
Good POV, BG and focus. I like soft colours and light. Good shot!!
have a nice day

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