When I opened the window at Mussoorie,Uttrakhand ,India in the Western Himalayas I was overwhelmed by a Sea of Trees covered with multi hued blossoms.
“Have been fortunate after many days to now identify the flowering Sea of Trees as those of The Indian Horse Chestnut.”
On a closer look through the dense Foliage I see the Haunted Home of the Swallows. ( do see an earlier blog titled UP IN THE SKY ). Silly me, The Swallow had been pointed towards the their home all along.
A zoom in reveals glorious blossoms in pink, yellow and white buzzing with Butterflies. If you wish to see more of the butterflies do see an earlier post titled SMITTEN BY NATURE along with the Feature Image.
For me am totally Haunted by these gorgeous and mysterious Blossoms and the mystery is compounded as I have been unable to identify them.
“The Spike of Flowers of the Indian Horse Chestnut ( English Name) tree, I have since learnt can be seen only in the months of May and June”.
Mysterious and Haunting Flowers
Be Haunted like the Butterflies by the abundance of these blooms , seen at an altitude of 2000 metres ( 6000 feet approx.) in the Lower Himalayas.
” The Mystery is now finally resolved, these lovely flowers are of The Indian Horse Chestnut ( English Name), Pankor (Hindi Name), Aesulus indica (Scientific name). A Deciduous Tree Native to the Himalayas and found at an altitude between 900 to 3000 metres.”
Am hopeful that someone will be identify these Trees with Chestnut or Maple like Leaves and break the Haunting of these mysterious and Enchanting flowers.
“The mystery is resolved, the fruits are used as a cure for Colic in Horses and probably the reason for the name Horse Chestnut.”