Shimul or Red silk-cotton
(Bombax ceiba, family:
Spring is in the air and nowhere is it more evident than in the flowers that are blooming on the beautiful shimul (silk cottonwood.)
Shimul, simlo, Simal, shemolo, Shamala many names of this beautiful tree is a treat for the eyes. The flowers are large and have soft, thick petals, five per flower, with an oily sheen.
A blooming shimul tree as a variety of birds made their way through the tree- the chestnut tailed starlings, common myna,red vented bulbuls. Indeed, a vision to stand a see. .