Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Monsoon Wildflowers

 The Monsoon is my favourite season as wildflowers are blooming in every meadow now. Photos also come out good because of the cloud cover. It is nice to go for a long walk to the outskirts of the city just to enjoy the beauty of the wildflowers.
 Ipomia, a sort of Morning Glory closes itself as soon as it has been pollinated by bees. You don't get to see an open flower after 10 a.m, most of the time!

 The flowers of the Sarsaparilla vine are very attractive. The roots of this vine i used to make a energizing drink.
 The Abutilon indica opens only in the afternoon, so you don't see the flowers in the morning.
Thanks to the team of Our World Tuesday where you can see what is happening in different parts of our world. I also thank Michelle of Nature Notes.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Bees and Butterflies

 It was sunny in the morning for a short while. and the butterflies came out to warm themselves. The swallowtail above is called Crimson Rose.
 My Butterfly gingers are filling the garden with their spicy perfume.
Bees  in their hundreds were very busy around the Antigonon vine. 
 My thanks to the team of beautiful people who are making it possible for us to see what is going on in Our World .
My thanks are also for Mrs.Nesbitt, Roger and his team who make ABCWednesday happen every week.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Avocado from my Garden

 I was thrilled to get a crop of avocados for the first time from my tree yesterday! The tree has taken fifteen years to deliver!
 Avocado is also called Alligator Pear and Butterfruit. But the birds are not excited about this foreign fruit. They throng the teak trees next to the avocado tree and peck at the small teak fruit. Now that the mango season is over, the birds are looking for other fruit.
 The Golden Challice vine is full of enormous , faintly fragrant flowers.

My thanks to the team of Our World Tuesday , where we learn of many interesting things happenning in different parts of our world.
I also thank Mrs.Nesbitt , the originator of ABCWednesday  and Roger and his team who do so much work to carry it forward.

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.