Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Yes for Yellow!

Yellow is considered to be a lucky colour in India.  Most of the wildflowers in India are yellow. Maybe it has something to do with the intense sunlight the plants get.The picture above shows a Tirumala blue butterfly visiting a yellow rattlepod.
I found this in a forest on the Western Ghats.
 This cactus was flowering in the wild near Shimla.
 The Amaltas is a beautiful tree which bursts into golden flowers during our New Year in April.
ABCWednesday was started by Mrs.Nesbitt and is being nurtured by Roger , Wil and many others who do a yeoman,'s service to the bloggers all the year round.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

The X factor

 A coracle ride in the  river Cauvery can throw up some thrills. It is called the x-factor. That crocodile was gliding swiftly, away from our boat, to our relief.
With thanks to the team of Our World Tuesday, Michelle of Nature Notes, Mrs,Nesbitt and Roger of ABC Wednesday, I invite you to visit those wonderful memes.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Wild Flowers of the Monsoon

Now that the Monsoon has set in, there is heavy rain every evening in my part of the world. Gardens and parks are lush and green. There are wildflowers on the outskirts of the city. The yellow Rattlepod attracts butterflies and bees.
 The Melastoma is called Black Mouth because the mouths of the children who eat the berries turn black for a while!
 The Ipomea flower closes as soon as it is pollinated by bees, Conservation of energy!
 The East Indian Screw flowers arebrightly coloured and full of nectar. Ants, bees and bumblebees besiege it.

My thanks to the team of Our World Tuesday, which I look forward to reading every week.
I also thank Mrs.Nesbitt who started ABCWednesday and the wonderful Roger and his team.

Monday, June 8, 2015

Valparai -the Tea Country

 Tea is called the cup that cheers. Valparai is a place in India synonimous with tea.
 Miles of precious rainforest have been felled to make place for the plantations of tea.
 Stunted alien looking trees dot the tea gardens.
 You can come across some wild flowers at the edge of the plantations.
 There are tiny pockets of the old rainforest in some places.
With thanks to the team of Our World Tuesday and Mrs.Nesbitt and the team of ABCWednesday, I am linking with them.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

U for Unusual

 A girl about to jump from the 250 feet Macau Tower was an unusual sight for me.
 The beautiful blossoms of the Prairie Rose - Lisianthus  were never seen before by me. The blue variety looks like blue rose.
 Thanking the UK based Mrs.Nesbitt and the USA based Roger and his team for the undoubtedly interesting ABC Wednesday  , and the team of Our World Tuesday.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Our World- Coorg

Last week I had gone on a trip to Coorg, the coffee country. This being the mango season, villagers were selling their mangos on both sides of the highway. They were cheap and delicious!

 We visited the Monastery built by the Tibetans. They came away to India with the Dalai Lama in 1962, when China annexed Tibet. Here in Coorg, thousands of miles away from their homeland, they are followin their customs and traditions.
 The old lama who looks after the beautiful garden,,,,
 Inside the temple, there were many people of different faiths, silently praying.
My thanks to the team of Our World Tuesday who make us see different parts of the world.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Our World- A Temple with 108 Pillars

 Last weekend I had gone on a trip to Hassan with friends. We visited some amazing temples there. The most striking was the 900 year old temple at Belavadi, which has 108 pillars of soapstone. The idol of Krishna in the sanctum sanctorum is the most beautiful image I have seen.
 The gardens outside are well kept. The priest offered us rice with yogurt, which we thankfully accepted.
 Like all ancient Hoysala temples, this one had stone elephants guarding the main door.
This is my contribution to Our World Tuesday.