Monday, August 28, 2017

Fushimi Inari shrine, Kyoto

 My daughter took me to Kyoto, Japan for my birthday. We visited the Fushimi Inari shrine the day we landed. The place was quite crowded as it was the time of the Gion festival in Kyoto. The shrine is dedicated to the Shinto god Inari, who is the god of rice. The torii gates are a brilliant orange colour. They make long tunnels which go a long way up the wooded mountain.
 People write their requests to the god in paper, fold it into a face of fox and keep it on a stand.Foxes are considered to be the messengers of the god Inari.
 The forest stretches all around the shrine. The same colour is used for the fences too.
My thanks to the team of Our World Tuesday.

Monday, June 5, 2017

A Hidden Valley in the Himalayas

To escape the sweltering heat of May, people escape to the hills. Unlike Shimla and Manali, Tirthan Valley in Himachal Pradesh is still unknown to most  people. Its charm lies in the hills and thick deodar forests surrounding it , the turquois tinted Tirthan river, and the gentle people who inhabit the valley. I was in the Tirthan Valley last week, and I would like to share some pictures with you.
 A typical house in the valley with slate roof., surrounded by wheat and vegetable patches.
 The harvested land is being prepared for the next crop.
 Wild Himalayan irises carpet the mountainsides.
 A wooden bridge which leads to the Great Himalayan National Park. Tirthan valley is a part of the National Park, which is a World Heritage site.
 Thick forests on both sides of the fast flowing Tirthan river.
Thanks to the team of Our World Tuesday for giving us the joy of reading so many interesting posts.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

 The pre monsoon showers and hailstorms seems to have encouraged the Pereskia to put out its beautiful orange blooms. The long , ferocious looking thorns in the bush is a bit scary!
 The Barbados lily has also come out with a surprise. Spring time was obviously too hot for it to flower.
My thanks to the team ofOur World Tuesday for making each Tuesday a special day!

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Royal Purple

 Most of the flowers are blooming in my garden in spite of the intense heat and water shortage. It is the purple ones which look cool and inviting like the Petria above. The vine has started invading the sandalwood tree next to it. I have to prune it.
 I have mulched the flower beds with fallen leaves, which seems to be appreciated by the purple ruellia.
My thanks to the team of Our World Tuesday.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Kuppali- A Poet's Home

 The home of the beloved Kannada poet K.V.Puttappa is in the midst of a dense rainforest in the Western Ghats. The lush greenery and the smells and sounds of the forest must have inspired him to write his beautiful poetry.
 The Karnataka state government has hept the ancient homestead in good repair , and has turned it into a museum.
It  was quite common for large families to live in the middle of the dense forest in the last century. People grew their own rice and vegetables, kept cows and hens, and grew spices, coffee and betelnut which brought them money.
My thanks to the team of Our World Tuesday.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Earlu Summer Flowers

 The firespike blooms are fullmof nectar, and we can see many sunbirds feasting on them.
 The yellow Rattlepod attracts bumblebees. These creatures are hard workers who start foraging for food at sunrise, and still are at it 12 hours later! Since the flowers of the rattlepod open lazily at noon, they are still attractive to the bumblebees at dusk.
 The scented Valencia flowers attract the creatures of the night.In the morning, they have a scent similar to freshly baked bread.
I am very sorry to hear about the death of Arija, who always posted lovely pictures and wrote nice comments. She was a mainstay of Our World Tuesday.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Western Ghats

 The Western Ghats are a series of hills on the west coast of India. They get very heavy rain during the monsoon season, hence they have thick forests. Many rivers originate in these mountains, and are the lifelines of peninsular India. The Tungabhadra is a river made up of two such rivers- Tunga and Bhadra.

 My friend is walking through the forest. She was not scared of meeting a king cobra during her walk!
Sunset at Agumbe, the spot which gets the heaviest rain in the world, after Chirrapunjee in Assam.
To read about more exciting places, go to Our World Tuesday.