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Flame of the Forest

Flame of the Forest
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Copyright: samiran nandy (samiran88) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 834 W: 85 N: 1657] (10271)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-03-06
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Fuji Finepix S7000
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/340 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2012-03-12 6:30
Viewed: 7598
Points: 46
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Flame of the Forest
Flame of the Forest (Butea monosperma ) is a species of Butea native to tropical and sub-tropical parts of the Indian Subcontinent and Southeast Asia, ranging across India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia, and western Indonesia. Common names include Palash, Dhak, Palah, Flame of the Forest, Parrot Tree, Keshu (Punjabi) and Kesudo (Gujurati).
It is a medium sized dry season-deciduous tree, growing to 15 m tall. It is a slow growing tree, young trees have a growth rate of a few feet per year. The leaves are pinnate, with an 8–16 cm petiole and three leaflets, each leaflet 10–20 cm long. The flowers are 2.5 cm long, bright orange-red, and produced in racemes up to 15 cm long. The fruit is a pod 15–20 cm long and 4–5 cm broad.
It is used for timber, resin, fodder, medicine, and dye. The gum from the tree, called kamarkas in Hindi, is used in certain food dishes. The gum is also known as Bengal Kino and is considered valuable by druggists because of its astringent qualities and by leather workers because of its tannin. The wood is dirty white and soft and, being durable under water, is used for well-curbs and water scoops. Good charcoal can be made from it. The leaves are usually very leathery and not eaten by cattle.
In West Bengal, it is associated with Spring (season), especially through the poems and songs of Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore, who likened its bright orange flame-like flower to fire. In Santiniketan, where Tagore lived, this flower has become an indispensable part of the celebration of spring.
Some little known facts and myth
It is said that the tree is a form of Agnidev, God of Fire. It was a punishment given to Him by Goddess Parvati for disturbing Her and Lord Shiva's privacy.
In the Telangana region of Andhra Pradesh, these flowers are specially used in the worship of Lord Shiva on occasion of Shivratri. In Telugu, this tree is called Modugu chettu.
In Kerala, this is called 'plasu' and 'chamata'. Chamata is the vernacular version of Sanskrit word 'Samidha', small piece of wood that use for 'agnihotra' or fire ritual. In most of the old namboodiri (Kerala Brahmin) houses, one can find this tree because this is widely use for their fire ritual.
It is a sacred tree, referred to as a treasurer of the gods, and used in sacrifice related rituals. From its wood, sacred utensils are made. The flowers are offered as in place of blood in sacrifice rituals to goddess Kali. The dry stem pieces are used to make sacred fire. It is an anthropogenic tree of several castes. 'Chakradatta' mentions the use of its gum in external astringent application. The leaves are believed to have astringent, depurate, diuretic and aphrodisiac properties. It promotes diuresis and menstrual flow. The seed is anthelmintic. When seeds are pounded with lemon juice and applied to the skin the act as a rubefacient. Arab horse dealers put one seed into each feed of corn to keep their horses in condition.
In Manipur, there is an interesting cultural use of the wood of this tree with beautiful flowers - when a member of the Meitei community dies and, for some reasons, his body cannot be be found, the wood of this tree is cremated in place of the body.
This plant kills Mosquitoes. The Mosquitoes are attracted by the smell and color of the flower. They lay eggs in the liquid within the flower but that eggs will never hatch. The Mosquitoes that touches the fluid can never escape from it.

Santiniketan is the land of Palash, here you can found so many Palash trees are blooming in spring season.
Palash is the State Flower of Jharkhand, India
A postal stamp was issued by the Indian Postal Department to commemorate this flower.
Order: Fabales Family: Fabaceae Genus: Butea Species: B. monosperma
Informetion courtesy: wkipedia
Thank you for viewing. Please visit the workshop for full blooming tree.

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Ciao Samiran, my today neighbour, fascinating composition with lovely flower, fantastic bright colors, splendid light and excellent sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Samiran
Very beautiful capture.Excellent composition,wonderful orange and great sharpness.
Thank You for the note and the WS.
Best regards

So the Flame of the Forest is in full bloom, Mr. Nandy.
Beautiful sunlit petals presented artistically in this lovely composition.
I used to capture numerous birds on them during my stay at Noida.

Hi Samiran, very nice capture of this beautiful and colourful plant my good friend, certainly is a Flame of the Forest, commendable composition with such vigour hmmm lovely stuff, nice and sharp, superb OOF dark background that compliments the subject very well, excellent work here Samiran and have a wonderful week,
Best Regards,


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  • kabel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 61 W: 0 N: 95] (552)
  • [2012-03-12 7:32]

Hello, beautiful colors and strong sharpness so we can see not only the flower petals but the spider threads too. Great lighting fromthe back and side that really illuminates the flower well. Very comprehensive an duseful notes which I thank you for.

hello Samiran
beautifulcoloured composition with great details and super light
thanks greeting lou

HI Sami,
amazing flames. Beautiful colours. Excellent composition.
Thanks for sharing,

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  • pegos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 0 N: 356] (1982)
  • [2012-03-12 8:46]

Great visual impact in this image, Samiran!
Excellent sharpness and beautiful light; nice contrast with a dark background. Well done!

Hello Samiran,
This is absolutely fantastic. Beautiful colours, shapes and illumination. Well done.

Ciao Samiran. Bright colours and fascinating transparencied from the backlight against the dark BG. Best compliments for the refined job.


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-03-12 15:20]

Hi Samiran,great choice of point of view and light position to create this magnificent effect whit this incredible beauty of your country,spectacular result and great saturation as i like.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

Hello Samiran

Excellent back-light effect, and i love that
warm light and color tones, fine POV & framing,
great focus sharpness and details, TFS


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2012-03-13 13:09]

Hello Samiran,
Interesting to know that you have a species of flowering plant that in India ia known as the Flame of the Forest, when there is a S. American species of the same name but a totally different species also known as Flamboyan.
Here the fine lighting, colours, sharpness and Bg contribute to a great close up of this flower.
Thanks and best regards,

Bonjour Samiran,
Agréable publication valorisant relativement bien le sujet.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

Hello Nandy Bhai,

Hope you are well. I have come to this late but this is one hell of a marvellous shot. the focus is excellent and the flower is a real beauty.The spider's films are always there, they are the kings of the underworld....smile..thanks a lot for sharing....take care....warmest regards/Abid

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2012-03-16 3:36]

Hello Samiran,
a superb beautiful and perfectly focused close-up capture of this flower! Great details and superb OFF BG are also impressive my friend. TFS this beauty.Best regards Siggi

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  • ana974 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 477 W: 48 N: 968] (4857)
  • [2012-03-16 14:46]

Hello Samiran!
Nice and striking pic with strong colors and lovely lighting.Great notes also.Great job!TFS
Nice w-end!

PS:thanks for visiting my gallery!I appreciated it!

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2012-03-17 10:16]

Hi Samiran.
Thanks for visit and nice comments. I like the opportunity to watch your excellent gallery as well as this picture. Backlight is use very artistically. Colours, lights, shadows, texture of the petals and shapes of the flower at whole create an impressivie composition. WS gives a great idea about the species. TFS and all the best.

Impressive photo Samiran! The composition is excellent. The lighting is fantastic! Very good sharpness too.

Hello Samiran.
Beautifully closed on this vibrant flower. It is blooming season here in Malaysia too.
Thanks and kind regards.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2012-03-22 6:57]

Hello Samiran
sch lovely flower and its wonderful bright colors i very attractive.You have composed it so sharp and so nice.
Well composed in best lighting.


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  • vanda Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 338 W: 25 N: 754] (3673)
  • [2012-04-21 14:48]

Hi Samiran!
What a brightness! The flower seems a lamp:))
Fantastic and suggestive composition. Fine details and great contrast against the dark BG.
Very well done: congratulations.
Ciao and nice Sunday! Vanda

amazing flowers, TFS Ori

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