I spotted these gorgeous flowers in the Himalayan Hills of Mussoorie.
They bear a close resemblance to the Sacred Flowers of the Incas , Cantua buxifolia ( Scientific Name) and are native to Bolivia in South America.
There are many tales behind these flowers of two brothers who fought in battle and came about to to be transformed into two Snow Covered Peaks.
The Tales of the Incas behind the Sacred flowers is Enchanting as it tells a story of forgiveness and the futility of War.
The tale is told using the symbols of Nature, Mountains, Rivers and Flowers.
The tubular flowers look tailor made for hummingbirds, which unfortunately do not exist in India.
A bushel of Red Glory
The Sacred Flowers of the Incas are also the national flower of Bolivia.
As I gaze at this starburst in wonder and think about their true Origins, I had already been drawn into another Enchanting spell of Nature.
Am sure readers from the Americas will be able to identify these flowers with greater accuracy than I , as am Wonderstruck by the tale of the Incas and THE SACRED FLOWERS.