Late Post: In Quest of the Tree of Gold – 4


Day 4
13 March 2016

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Sunday, the 13th turned out to be the best day in my quest of the Tree of Gold (Tabebuia argentea). As I walked up the road that led to the bandstand, my eyes caught sight of a fully bloomed Tree of Gold. It was such a lovely sight! I was transfixed.


But when I turned my gaze to my right towards the bandstand I realised that the trees there still hadn’t bloomed fully. Maybe, in another couple of days they would.

The lawns that surrounded the Trees of Gold were brimming with activity. The cynosure of attention was the Silent Lady of Cubbon Park and her gang of canines. For many who had gathered there, it was selfie time with her super-friendly gang of six.

A few yoga enthusiasts found the bed of yellow flowers a perfect place for their exercise sessions.

The bandstand in recent times has become a platform for young dancers to showcase their talent. This Sunday too, there were two teams of them pitted against each other. Like the last time, I went on a clicking spree only to be shooed off by one of the guards.


As I wandered around the place, I ran into the Silent Lady again and this time she beckoned me to take pictures of her furry babies. It felt so nice to be welcomed with so much warmth. And I went on click click click…..

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The group of three men made for an interesting click.


A little further away, a naughty fella was trying to plough his cycle through a thick blanket of dry leaves. The sylvan surroundings were undoubtedly the right place for him to indulge in such games. Everyone needs parks – the young and the old alike. We cannot do without green spaces.


The not so complete blooms made me want to come back for another visit with the hope of seeing more yellow.




Late Post: In Quest of the Tree of Gold – 3

Day 3
10 March 2016

I continued my pursuit of one of my favourite trees the following Thursday. I had to wake up very early and rush to the Park because of the time crunch. I had to go to office after that.

By 8am I was at Cubbon Park. I raced up the road towards the Bandstand. My jaw dropped when I looked towards the Trees of Gold (Tabebuia Argentea). They still hadn’t bloomed fully (sob sob). Or had they bloomed and the flowers fallen off?  After all I was visiting the place after a 3-day gap.  The yellow bed of flowers under the trees had me confused. Anyway, that did not stop me from clicking. Here are some pictures:


There was a bed of purple under the Blue Gulmohr.  The Blue Gulmohr trees bloom at around the same time as the Tree of Gold.


It was breakfast time for these crows and pigeons:


The park is a great place for reading too. Someday, I hope to finish a book from cover to cover in these tranquil surroundings.


A lone Jungle Crow seemed to be pondering over something on a branch of a Camel Foot Tree.


A few steps later, I was greeted by this howling doggie. I guess the sight of some pet dogs at a distance excited him.


Even as the howling fella continued with his act, a couple of House Crows found this miniature stream of water a perfect place to quench their thirst.


Yet again, I disturbed some canines from their slumber.

I was enchanted by the sight of this lovely tree. The leaves looked so fresh.


On these rocks which seemed to be frequented by vandals, one man was exercising his brain while another was resting his.
By now, I had reached the gate of the park. It was time to leave. Hopefully, during my next visit to the park I would get to see the Trees of Gold in full bloom.

Late Post: In Quest of the Tree of Gold – 2

Day 2
6 March 2016

I continued my quest for the Tree of Gold (Tabebuia argentea) the following Sunday and headed to Cubbon Park early that morning. Sunday being a no-traffic day at the park, it was not surprising to see a lot of cycling enthusiasts peddling away happily on the shadowed roads of the park.

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A lot of crows were hopping around in anticipation of their feeders. There are quite a few spots in the park that are used for feeding crows and squirrels.


The newly conceived idea of selling plants, fruits and vegetables in temporary stalls on the pavement seemed to be drawing a lot of buyers. The vegetables looked very fresh and seemed to have come straight from the farm. The aroma of freshness was all around.

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Chirps of birds filled the air. As I reached the Bandstand to catch a glimpse of the Tree of Gold I noticed a lot of chairs had been laid out on the lawn. Young Bharatanatyam dancers were getting ready to perform on the Bandstand stage.


And most importantly, the Trees of Gold had not completely bloomed although I could see there were more blooms than on Wednesday.

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Try as much as I did, I couldn’t get good pictures of the dancers in action in the backdrop of the half- bloomed Trees of Gold.

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As the morning wore on, it started getting warmer. After watching the dancers for some time, I decided to leave hoping to come back again to see the Trees of Gold in full bloom.