Saturday, October 18, 2014

Blue Jacaranda - Jacaranda mimosifolia

Bengali Name : Neel Kontho (নীল কন্ঠ), Neel Gulmohor (নীল গুলমোহর), etc.
Common Name : Blue Jacaranda, Neel Gulmohor, etc.
Botanical Name : Jacaranda mimosifolia
Family : Bignoniaceae (jacaranda family)

I have seen very few flowers from our country which covers a tree with blue (Jarul (জারুল) is an example). Our today's flower is a similar tree covering blue flower named Blue Jacaranda, a plant that is native to South American region. Botanical name of the plant is Jacaranda mimosifolia and it belongs to the plant family Bignoniaceae. It doesn't have any authentic Bengali name, but several sources have mentioned this flower as Neel Kontho Ful (নীল কন্ঠ ফুল), Neel Gulmohor ful (নীল গুলমোহর ফুল), etc.

Blue jacaranda is a fast growing tree plant having the leafs similar (fern like pinnate leafs) to the Delonix regia plant. Its a semi deciduous plant and it gets covered with numerous blue flowers during the blooming season (usually the April/May). This plant is very suitable to grow in everywhere as it can tolerate the low temperature easily. But unfortunately this is not seen often in our country Bangladesh.

Blue Jacaranda brings flowers abundantly and its not only covers the tree but also covers the ground as well when the flowers get fallen from the trees. Color of the flower is blue, violet or lavender. Small flowers are tubular in shape and having five petals are attached at the edge of the tube. Flower turns into disk shaped woody seedpods after a successful pollination.

Photos of this article were taken from Kathmandu of Nepal during the month of April 2014. There were several roads and avenues at where I have seen this tree is being used as a part of beautification. The view of the footpath that was covered with blue flowers was picturesquely beautiful.

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Dhaka: Day trip at Trimohoni (ত্রিমোহনী)

Saturday, 11 October 2014

From the beginning of the day it has been raining continually, not a heavy one though. I have started my today's short journey at 2:30pm at the middle of the day. Through the Madartek (মাদারটেক) I have reached at the Trimohoni (ত্রিমোহনী), a village like place that is very near from our crowed Dhaka.

I had to wait for a while beside the roadside due to the rain's speed. After that I took a short stroll on the bridge over the canal for a while. I was basically inspecting the situation and the surrounding. Slowly I found few small boats were wandering around, and also carrying people as a part of local transportation. But those weren't suitable for excursion as those didn't have any roof like things to give me a shelter from the rain.

Suddenly I found a boat having a roof like thing atop, made from the polythene and the architecture was like a tin shaded house. I have hired the boat for 130 taka/hour basis and started my journey. It was still raining, but very little in amount and you can say negligible. But later the rain varied it's speed to add thrill with my exploration. Even during that period I have experienced a heavy thunderstorm almost near to our boat. It was a buzzy and scary one for us.

I have hired a boat like this small one that was having a polythene roof atop.

This canal basically falls into the nearby river named Balu (বালু নদী, I have a plan to explore that one another day). The water of the canal was slightly dirty and slightly blackish in color. It doesn't have any pungent smell but I could feel something like that. Both bank of the canal were having village like houses and lot of small medium sized trees along with bushes. The atmosphere gave me a feelings that I was very far from my busy Dhaka life despite of being so near to Dhaka.

A fisherman was catching fish.

The canal wasn't a narrower one. It was wide enough to call it a river as well. I have seen lot of fishing traps were scattered around the river (may be the fishermen were inside house due to the rain). Lot of birds, but mostly the Kani Bok (কানি বক), and Gu Shalik (গু শালিক) were seen frequently. They have moved further when our boat was trying to invade their territory.

A pristine view from the surrounding.

As I have a roof over my head, I didn't need to worry about the rains. They were falling on the roof over my head and making a noise that was thrilling (similar to staying inside a village house during rain). The boat was moving slowly, the rains were falling all around me, and the lyrical sound of boat pulling and rain was playing like a background music.

Fishing traps were seen frequently around the canal.

It took around 30/40 minutes to reach the boat near the Balu river (বালু নদী). But the day was already gloomy from the beginning, it was raining, and also the day was almost near to be gone! So I have decided to turn back from that point without exploring the river. The rain was maximum at that point and I was forced to keep my camera inside the bag. Few parts of my body got soaked by the drops from the rain.

A heron (কানি বক) was waiting for it's prey.

The heavy rain was still on when I left the boat. Even it persisted till I have reached at my home. It was a another remarkable day from my traveling. Exploring water through a small boat during a rainy day and returning home using Rickshaw in rain, and sometimes the roads were filled with water.

Another heron (কানি বক) on the tree that was already soaked up.

How to Go:

Trimohoni (ত্রিমোহনী) is very near from the Dhaka. You can reach this place through several routes. I have reached there through Basabo Buddha Mondir (বাসাবো বৌদ্ধ মন্দির), then Madartek (মাদারটেক), and then Trimohoni (ত্রিমোহনী). You can follow this route as well. The road condition is good. From Bashabo (বাসাবো) it was 30 minutes of rickshaw ride.

From Trimohoni (ত্রিমোহনী) I have hired a small boat for 130 Taka per hour. You can probably hire such a boat for 100-150 Taka per hour depending upon your bargaining. Just chose one that you'll feel comfortable.

I have done a round trip excursion between the coordinate from (23°45'36.78"N, 90°27'46.50"E) to (23°45'42.18"N, 90°28'55.45"E). You may prolong your journey by exploring further.

Another soaked up bird. This one mostly uses to sneak around the dirt for it's food.

Best time for visit:

Unfortunately this place is best only around the rainy season. Rain gives the canal a flow to sweep up the dirt and smelly water. Otherwise during a dry season you'll find the water is too much pungent to stay on boat for a longer period. But you can have a try during other season as well and let us know your experience!

Houses around the canal was almost similar to the village houses.

A bamboo made pool over the canal to ease the transportation.

Few part of the tree is still under the water.

This picture will tell you about how hard the raining was that time.

This is an amazing view. You can see the rain drops clearly.

These two vessels are designed to carry a good load of goods, specially the sands.

এই যায়গার পানি এমনিতেই কিছুটা নোংরা থাকে... অযথা আর আপনার চিপসের বা বিস্কুটের প্যাকেট ফেলে একে আর নোংরা করবেন না... ক্ষতি যা করার তা আমরা আগেই করে ফেলেছি...

GPS: 23°45'36.78"N, 90°27'46.50"E
Trimohoni (ত্রিমোহনী),
Dhaka (ঢাকা),
Bangladesh (বাংলাদেশ)

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Acacia flower(আকাশমনি ফুল) - Acacia auriculiformis

Bengali Name : আকাশমনি, একাশি, একাশিয়া
Common Name : Acacia, Earleaf Acacia, etc
Botanical Name : Acacia auriculiformis
Family : Mimosaceae

Acacia, widely known as Papuan Wattle, Auri, etc is a fast growing evergreen plant that is native from the Australia. This plant is introduced in our country for it's wood and rapid growing nature. We use to call this as Akashmoni (আকাশমনি), Ekashia (একাশিয়া), Ekashi (একাশি) in our country, a similar pronunciation to Acacia. Botanical name of this plant is Acacia auriculiformis from the plant family Fabaceae.

Akashmoni (আকাশমনি) is a medium sized tree plant that can grow around 30 meters in height. Interesting part of the plant is, it doesn't have any leaf when its fully grown up! Well, actually the green leaf like things we use to see are actually false leaf. Or you can say the flattened leaf stalk which is botanically known as phyllodes. This plant uses to bring leaflets similar to Mimosa flower (লজ্জাবতী ফুল) after the successful seeding. After that it never brings those leafs ever on that tree.

Acacia flowers are bright yellow or orange in color. It uses to decorate the tree with yellow, vast in a number despite of greenish leafs. These cluster flowers use to have lot of yellow stamens and hence the overall color is yellow. Flowers use to come from the axil of the leaf. Around the rainy season in our country Bangladesh (বাংলাদেশ) is the blooming season for this plant.

This plant can grow in poor soil, and doesn't demand for too much care. Even this plant can bring nutrients to the poor soil. Also its a popular tree for beautification around the roadsides and lot of people use to plant this for wood.

Photos of this article were taken from the Dhaka (ঢাকা), and Khagrachhori (খাগড়াছড়ি) district during September 2014.

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