Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Honnavar- the City of Gold

 Honnavar was once, truly a city of gold. It was a prosperous town with pleny of European gold coming in from its exports of spices and chemicals. Queen Channabhaira Devi who ruled over it and kept the Portuguese at bay, built great waterways and canals from the river Sharavathi.
 The municipal office is housed in a colonial building.
 Mangrove line the sides of the river, which are home to many different birds, as well as crocodiles.
 The river joins the sea at Honnavar. Tiny white flowers of aquatic plants dot the canals.
My thanks to the team of Our World Tuesday for making the meme happen every week.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Grasses Which Sustain

 Grasses are the food factories of the world. Millions of humans are dependent on the grass called Rice for their sustenance. The picture above is a grass known as Job's Tears, which is also a food for many. Besides rice and wheat, we are dependent on the Sugarcane grass for sugar , and Bamboo grass for paper and other uses.
The desert grass Stipagrotis plumosa plays a major role in sustaining the ecology of the desert. It is a food for the desert animals, and a shady nook for the small birds. Its roots hold the shifting sands of the desert. Nitrogen fixing bactria in its roots make te soil fertile.


My thanks to the team of Our World Tuesday and to Mrs.Nesbitt and Roger of ABCWednesday.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Frogs of my Frogpond

 They are the adventurous ones, the frogs. From my pond, they foray into my front verandah.
 Some wouldfain sit on the fat lily pads
 This one is not familiar.
 The days are fine and the fair  lilies bloom every day.

My thanks to the fine team of Our World Tuesday, and also to Mrs.Nesbitt and Roger of ABCWednesday.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Garden Stalwarts

 Some plants look good whatever the season. This Echeveria withits blue leaves is one of them.
 Euphorbias have burst into flower now.  They are planted to deter the wandering cows from nibbling through the fence.
 The pale pink flowers of the Dombeya are a delight to the eye.
My thanks to the hosts of Our World Tuesday.
I also thank Mrs. Nesbitt and Roger of ABCWednesday for bringing out the meme every week.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Caves

 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 .