I recently posted an article about flowers that are found near and on Arunachala. (The post can be found here.) In the weeks comprising the last half of May, since the article was published, I have photographed a number of additional flowers. This period has been the most fertile flower season this year. This posting shows the additional flower photos. In addition, a few other items are shown that I noticed while looking for more flowers.
Blooming in May
The flower shown below was found abundantly around and on Arunachala, for several weeks, starting in May this year.
It starts as a white bud.
Then opens as a round-petaled bloom.
Then changes to a square-tipped flower.
Somewhere along the line it seems to change from six flower petals to five, and starts turning yellow. The photo below shows white and light yellow blooms.
Then the blooms change to a dark yellow. In the photo below you see a bush that has the full range of flowers, starting with a six- petaled white bloom in the upper left, and also shows five-petaled white, light and dark yellow flowers.
Most of the bushes on which it blooms are spindly plants, about as high as a person.
When looking for flowers, you might notice other things, like this bird’s nest in the top of a small tree.
These white flowers bloom but briefly on a short ground plant.
For a few weeks these eight-pointed white stars bloom. The blossoms are about 1.5 inches wide.
They grow, sometimes in great profusion, on bushes that get to about man-high.
Some flowers are not clearly seen as flowers, like these green flowers at the tip of this tree. These bloom only briefly.
A highlight in May is all the yellow flowers. This one blooms for about two weeks, on the edge of Arunachala and on its lower slopes.
It is a bright yellow flower on a rich green-leaved shrub, sometimes a bit taller than a person. The blooms are about two inches wide.
In some places this lower hillside seems absolutely covered with these bright yellow flowers.
After about two weeks, the flowers are spent, as shown below.
In a few places you can see water lilies bloom.
One of the places is in the Forest Shrine Tank, just after Kattu Siva Tank on the Inner Path.
Looking for flowers, I noticed this unexpected activity in a shrub near Kattu Siva Tank.
Red ants are cutting leaves and making a nest in the tree.
The finished nest looks like this, with a few leaves stuck together with some white substance that I guess the ants secrete.
Small white flowers bloom briefly on a ground plant.
Fancy white flowers grow on this round-leaved vine that climbs up low branches of trees. This is uncommon, and I have seen it only in the forest on the west side of Arunachala.
Here is a close up of the flower. It forms something that looks like a small bean pod after blooming.
These yellow flowers appear on a plant that has grown through a taller bush. Maybe this plant grows in the other bush for support and protection from animals?
I have rarely seen the flower in the photos above and below, so I do not think it has a very long blooming season. The flowers are small, about one inch wide.
Amidst the flowers, there are butterflies this time of year. After it rains, many butterflies come out.
I was asked to include bougainvilleas in the Arunachala flower photos, since they are so abundantly planted here. At first I did not, because they are not native to this area. I relented after a reader asked that they be included. Here is a typical plant in a garden on Pradakshina Road, with the faint backdrop of Arunachala. These blossoms can be seen all year long.
Delicate white flowers grow on this tree near in a field past the Children’s Park. I have seen them nowhere else. Maybe this tree was planted here. I think the blooming season is pretty short for these flowers.
The tree is at least 20 feet high, the flowers are maybe two inches wide.
A number of places around the Mountain you can see small trees just covered with white flowers. If you get close you will see many bees busily working in these flowers. They are in bloom only briefly, but when they do bloom, they are spectacular. This tree is on the south side of Arunachala.
This tree is on the east side of the mountain.
Here is another bird’s nest. It looks like it was made by some kind of weaver bird. I think one of the main materials comprising this nest is spider webs!
These common small, light violet flowers are at their peak now. Growing on a ground-hugging plant, they bloom only for a few weeks.
The broad-leafed cactus has flowers too, a delicate yellow color.
After the flower blooms it makes these small red fruits. In Mexico, these are eaten. I wonder about here?
These trees, maybe some kind of acacia, have many small yellow flowers.
The fluffy flowers are each less than an inch wide.
The east end of Parvati Hill rises behind the trees.
The yellow flowers that highlight the season bloom spectacularly on this tree near Kattu Siva Cave. The start of the flowering is shown in the previous post. Now the tree is covered with blooms. It is early morning in the photo below, and the full day’s light has not reached the tree yet.
When it does, the trees are bright yellow, like these hillside trees on the north side of Arunachala.
The trees are all over the mountain slopes. Here are several on the east side of Arunachala.
The last flower shown here is one that blooms over much of the year. The plants are often found near roads, and sometimes near the mountain.
I have learned to beware of this plant. The sap from it causes a bad rash on my skin if I even brush up against it. This has happened several times, so now I am very wary of this plant. I would advise this for you, too.
These are more of the many flowers that I have seen near and on the Mountain in May this year. This was by far the best month for ‘flower gazing’ on Arunachala. The flowers really started to come out after a few days rain.
I will continue to keep watching for new flowers, and if I get enough new pictures, will make another posting.
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