FRAGRANT OPULENCE

The Fragrance of these Grand Blossoms casts a TO DIE FOR Spell over the Magnolia Gardens in Kasmanda Palace, Mussoorie, Uttrakhand, India.

The picture below gives a glimpse into the Life of these Gorgeous Opulent Beauties from Bud to Fruit.

buds all over
Grand Blooms

The Grand Goblet shaped Snow White Blossoms of  Magnolia (English), Him Champa ( Hindi), Magnolia grandiflora (Scientific Name) entrenched among shiny leathery thrones of leaves is a Sight to Behold.

cup of fragrance
CUP OF FRAGRANCE

When open they reveal an Enchanting Fragrance which is overpowering.

The names attributed in the Local Language Hindi ( Him Champa) is interesting as Him means Snow and Fragrant flowers are usually called Champa.

The Scientific name of this Species of Magnolias which is Native to South East USA is a tribute the Opulent Flowers, namely  “grandiflora

fallen pollen
POLLEN ABUNDANCE

As the  Grand Flowers age they turn Brown ( unlike us who turn Grey) and reveal the first look of an Ovoid Fruit in the Centre which will ultimately bear Stunning Red Seeds.

Do you spot the Himalayan Cedar or Deodar  in the backdrop? ( Do read  a previous blog titled EXPOSED ON A LIMB for more on DEODARS)

sunset
SUNSET YEARS

Some of the trees in this location are over 100 years Old. How I crave for a  whiff of these Enchanting Fragrant Magnolias  as I pen this blog.

Am addicted to the FRAGRANT OPULENCE of the Him Champa.

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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.

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