Rhododendrons and a tale of love!!

Here comes spring, season of flowering begins;
Shades of yellow, white and pink in the forests;
Alongwith red Rhododendrons blooming.

Rhododendrons in full bloom, Landour, Mussoorie

Rhododendrons red, high above the trees
As if you want to meet the sky;
The misty wind kisses your soft petals,
And your dreams soar high.

Red Rhododendrons!!

Swaying with the whistling breeze,
Spreading your charm;
You fulfill wilderness dreams, giving memories warm.

Birds, animals and honey bees cherish your nectar,
They come to visit you from lands afar;
Laden with beauty and healer are you,
Life support system for many though.

The fallen petals on the forest floor,
Create a mystical hue;
A path painted red,
leading somewhere, I have no clue!!!

A Rhododendron trail in the forest

It’s Valentine’s Day!!
Some gift roses, some gift tulips;
Some geraniums, jasmine too.
But, My husband gifted me Rhododendrons; flowering high up above tree;
He climbed up the trees to fetch the flowers specially for me.
Red Rhododendrons filled with love, so beautiful are you thee!!!

Rhododendron flower

PS Due to global climate change, early blooming of Rhododendrons was observed in the lesser Himalayas (Landour, Mussoorie). The Rhododendrons are usually are in full bloom during the month of March , but this year they started flowering since the end January. Climate change will have adverse affect on the pollination ecology alongwith bird and insect behaviour.

Thank you!!


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Published by Dr. Chandrima Debi

Hi, I am Chandrima Debi. I am a Doctorate in Forestry and an independent researcher. Ever since childhood, I experienced deep-rooted connection with nature, forest and wildlife. I have written various research articles, case studies based on geology, forests, medicinal plants, biodiversity and conservation. Through this blog I share my experiences with nature and forests around us and aid towards the protection and conservation of biodiversity, wildlife and the values associated.

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