Monday 30 March 2015

Sights of Summer 3: Copper Pods/vaagai

These trees are a delight to the weary eye of the summer's heat. The golden hues of this tree almost seem like anointing the sight and place with yellow balm that at once makes you forget the harsh summer sun and the icky feeling of the heat. The tree commonly known as ''Copper pod'' (Peltophorum pterocarpum) is a common avenue tree and also a prominent one on College campuses.

A Copper pod in our College campus which often makes me stand still on my tracks

Often while walking across to a class in another block, I stop, admire the beautiful yellow sitting smug on the green and then resume my walk. Students who are forever surprised by my sudden stops, often find it amusing that a tree can make me linger. If I have the time and whim, I force the student to stand along with me and drink in the delights of this tree which is in its complete glory during the summer months. Like the Indian Laburnum, the yellow of this tree almost drowns you in a golden haze but the yellow of this tree and the Laburnum is slightly of a different hue. While the Laburnum is a gentle yellow, the yellow of the Copper pod is dark and harsh but pleasing.

If one decides to lower one's gaze and scan the ground beneath the tree, a yellow carpet covers the place and it is quite hard for me not to yield to the temptation of sitting down in the carpet under the shade of the gigantic Copper pod!

On idle summer days, I have seen many a weary traveller finding comfort under the shade of this tree by the road and many a lovers finding the yellow carpet a welcome spot from prying eyes and strict teachers. Well, I bet, every Copper pod has many stories stored within its huge trunks!

On that note, I hope you enjoyed the yellow stint with the Pod, Copper Pod of India's summer!

Images: Blogger's own


  1. Ah lovely...Haldi Golmohur that's what we call Copper Pod tree in Hindi. Haldi meaning turmeric. This is my first i started my blogging spree with...a small one called ' Life is Beautiful' in
    It also introduced me to a very celebrated Naturalist Mr Karthikeyan from Bangalore. and in his blog i found out lots including the name.
    i love the carpet of yellow flowers it forms.
    With or without the blooms this tree looks great and greater still if you are residing in an apartment and on one of those top floors, from the window or the balcony of which you can see the canopy of this beautiful tree. With or without the blooms. Because my friend even the lush green foliage will provide you with freshness which is 'Tazaa ho ley' types...i know tea ad but did not know how best to say it.
    So happy to see this post too.

  2. We have those trees here. Didn't know the name though. Couldn't agree with you more, they're lovely and refreshing in the summer heat (starting to feel it in my neck of the woods).

  3. It is indeed sad that many don't see or realise the presence of trees and its importance.
    Love that yellow carpet.

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