Thanks to the challenge, I now know that this flower belongs to the Red Cotton Tree which makes an appearance in the spring mostly in Hong Kong and China. The photo is from April 2007 in Mumbai though, shot on the now defunct Kodak EasyShare P7, 10x zoom. Not bad for an affordable compact digital camera.
For most of my life spring was never a designated season in India. It was always Summer, Monsoon & Winter. Spring is more of a Himalayan experience I suppose. In most other parts of the geography it’s already summer before you know it. This is my concept of spring in Mumbai though it felt more like summer when it was shot in April 2007!
In South India its no different. To the unsuspecting western eye this may look like spring but these sunny photos are actually from October, nope not Autumn, nor winter, more like post monsoon as per local parlance. These are shot on the pricey Nikon D600 50mm 1.8g lens.