Monday, January 26, 2015


 Caves have  always fascinated me.  The Caves in Bhimbetka have some of the oldest rock paintings, which tell us about the life in the StoneAge onwards.
 The caves in Apsarakonda have a spectacular view extending to the ocean. Holy men of yore used these caves for meditation.
 The cave near Dandeli in the Western Ghats has these charming wildflowers at its entrance.
 HoyaCarnosa which is blooming in my garden now , perfumes the whole garden in the night.
My thanks to the team of Our World Tuesday.
Thanks also to Mrs.Nesbitt, Roger and others on the ABCWednesday team

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Z for Zantedeschia

 The Calla lily, also known as Zantedeschia comes in many different colours now. I like the classic white variety the best.

Many thanks to Mrs.Nesbitt who started ABCWednesday, and also to Roger and his team who zealously bring it out every Wednsday.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Rajasthan- the Desert State

All good wishes for a happy and peaceful New Year to you!
I spent my Christmas holidays in the desert- in Rajasthan. The state of Rajasthan in India has so many beautiful and romantic places to visit that it is the most favourite place of tourists from all over the world during winter.
 The Jal Mahal in Jaipur is a palace built in the middle of a lake.
 A Haveli in Jaisalmer.
 The entance to Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park is ancient, but the beautiful park inside is quite new. The park has many native plants of the Thar desert, with their amazing techniques of adaptation to their arid environment.
 We loved walking on this trail. In the background is the Mehrangarh Fort of Jodhpur.

My thanks to the team of Our World Tuesday where you get to see a lot about different parts of our world.
The sand dunes at Sam .

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

W for WORK

 Water Hyacinth which clogs our waterways takes a lot of work to be  eradicated
 The cowherd works hard to keep his cows fed well.
 A marble worker  making a sculpture.
 This goatherd seemed happy when he was talking to the woman of his heart.
 Workers excavating in Mandu were noot surprised to find a barrack opening

Monday, December 8, 2014

December Flowers

 Dombeya, belonging to the Streculiaceae family is flowering for the first time in my garden. The bunches of pale pink flowers attract hundreds of bees and bumblebees.
 Now is also the season for some of the succulents to flower.
 December seems to be the month for white flowers. The tiny Snake Jasmine bush is bursting with blooms.
 I feel so happy when I see the waterlilies blooming in my frog pond.
To see more interesting things that are happening in our world , please click here.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Uttara Kannada wildflowers

 Uttara Kannada is a district in Karnataka state, endowed with dense forests and pristine beaches. Just after the rains, the forests are utterly beautiful with different kinds of wild orchids. The Seethe Dande, or Foxtail orchid is one of them.
The Draupadi Dande, Aerides orchid has sparser blooms, but is no less enchanting.
My thanks to Mrs.Nesbitt for starting the ultra-interesting ABCWednesday. Unbelievably, I have lost the other photos and have to ask for forgiveness from the understanding Roger.I hope I can unearth some for the next post.

Monday, November 24, 2014

T for Thunbergia

 Thunbergias are vines with bright flowers which bloom throughout the year . The yellow one above is the Black Eyed Susan Thunbergia alata which is a wildflower in south India.
 The King's Mantle, Thunbergia erecta has a rich purple colour, fit for a king's dress.
 The white Thunbergia fragrans has no fragrance that I can discern:(
 The Bengal Clock vine T.indica has large flowers in a beautiful lavender shade.
 Thunbergia mysorensis, which is named after the beautiful city of Mysore, is the most spectacular of all. It sends out long chandeliers of gold and brown flowers.
 This pink Thunbergia is a cousin of T.mysorensis, and not half so beautiful.
Although Thunbergias are natives of India and S.E.Asia, they are named after the great botanist Peter Thunberg of Sweden.
 My thanks to the great team of Our World Tuesday.......
My thanks to the talented Mrs.Nesbitt and the terrific Roger Of ABCWednesday for the tremendous work they are doing.