WHITE FIELDS

Waves of White Fields engulf all your senses as you drive to the calm  NazarBagh Palace located near Jaipur, Rajasthan, India.

Herds of Sheep and Goats graze in the fields as you drive through a picturesque winding path surrounded  by GOLDEN FIELDS ( do check out my blog by the same title), Gooseberry ( Amla in Hindi) Trees, Sunflowers and fields of White Flowers.

The White Flowers are none other than White Hybrids of the Calendula Daisy.The leaves are however closer to Marigolds ( do check out my blog AUSPICIOUS MARIGOLDS)

The photograph below showcases White Calendulas in the foreground and Yellow Mustard flowers in the background. Right at the back at tree level you can see a hazy image of the yellow blooms of the Desi Babool ( Scientific Name Acacia nilotica).

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Flowers all the way up to the trees

Mary’s Gold or English Marigold as the yellow flowered  Calendula (English), Calendula officinalis ( Scientific Name)  is called is native to Southern Europe.

The field one sees in the picture below are a hybrid or cultivar as the leaves are closer to the Marigold ( Tagetes erecta) naturalized to India and Mexico.

The flower however resembles a Daisy. That is however not in the least surprising as all the flowers named above  belong the Sun Flower or Daisy family Asteraceae.

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A Calendula Field 

The Calendula Flower has numerous medical applications and is used in various cosmetics as well.

A closer look reveals a Central Golden Disc which makes me rethink about the identity of these flowers. 

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Buds and Blooms

The white colour of the flowers , the structure of the leaves and the predominant look of a  daisy makes me wonder why I have identified them as Calendulas?

 

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Flowers of Mary’s Gold

Have I made the same mistake mistake as the British did 200 years ago of thinking of Marigolds as Mary’s Gold ?

I leave the Judgement to the readers of this blog to correct me. In the meanwhile enjoy the Enchanting drive to Nazarbagh through these spectacular White Fields.

Incidentally NazarBagh means FOR YOUR EYES ONLY, the beauty is captured in ones Nazar or Eyes. Poetic is it not ?

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mukul chand

51 year old entrepreneur who has traveled extensively around the world for work and pleasure , is based in New Delhi, India. A passionate traveler born with a love for flora and fauna, is an active naturalist and amateur photographer. Here he shares his unique insight into Incredible India revealing its mysterious and exotic treasures. Writing from his heart he shares his experiences as he crisscrosses this vast and amazing land.

23 thoughts on “WHITE FIELDS”

  1. Very interesting post. After reading it I looked at many pictures of Calendula and Daisies. It looks to me like some Calendula’s have softly tapered petals but most are a big jagged and wide at the end. None of the pictures of Daisies have that jagged non tapered end. I know nothing about the subject but my conclusion from looking at the pictures would be that they indeed are Calendula. The other thing I learned is that Calendula are also known as “Pot Marigold’s”! I had no idea there were so many kinds of Marigolds. I need to read your other post.

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