Saturday, January 21, 2012

Weekend Reflections

You can see reflections from all over the world at James' Weekend Reflections.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Skywatch Friday

The bougainvillea and the hot air balloon in the night sky.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

A for anglers and arches

Arches of the mosque .
The angler on the tyre is unafraid of the lurking alligator.
My thanks to the team of ABC Wednesday.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Makara Sankranti

Today is Makara Sankranti, a festival connected with the sun, which is observed with gusto all over India. Here, in Karnataka, women and girls go from house to house destributing sesame seeds, jaggery and copra, and pieces of sugarcane, and wishing luck and prosperity for their friends. In the evening, a great bonfire is built around which people gather to great each other and have a good time. Nowadays, bonfires are built only in villages.
Wishing you a happy and prosperous year ahead.
I am linking this to Shadow shot Sunday and Today's Flowers.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Weekend Reflections

The Jarokha is the trellis work stone window found in many palaces in India. The thick walls would keep the place cool, and prevent rain water from coming in.
You can see many beautiful reflections at James! Weekend Reflections.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Skywatch Friday

Warmer days are setting in now. This is the sun at 6 p.m.
You can see different aspects of the sky at Skywatch Friday.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

The ZZ Plant

Zamioculas zamifolia is a tropical ornamental plant which can stay without water for up to a fortnight. Its leaves are always shiny and bright.
This is my contribution to ABC Wednesday today.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Our World- Water

It is said that the future wars will be fought over water. This ancient well is still in use in the water-scarce Kolar city.
The mighty river begins as a small spring....
and roars down the water falls after a long journey.
Let us hope that people learn to use water,the precious gift of nature, without wasting it.
This is my contribution this week to Our World, maintained by Sylvia, Gattina, Lady Fi, Arija and Sandy.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Shadow Shot Sunday- The Corridor

This is a corridor in the 500 year old palace at Mandu. It is now absolutely silent, but in its heydays, it would have been teeming with soldiers, courtiers and diplomats.
My thanks to the hosts of Shadow Shot Sunday, in which I am participating for the first time.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

The Old Bridge

The old bridge across the Cauvery in Srirangapatnam is 250 years old. Made of bricks and mortar, it is still strong, and used by villagers to a walk across. But modern vehicular traffic is not allowed on it. In the 18th century, the army of the East India Company marched across it to capture Seringapatam.
My thanks to James for Weekend Reflections.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Skywatch Friday

The Baheda tree is highly prized by the practitioners of Ayurveda, the traditional medicine system of India. It is in full bloom now, and soon there will be the fruits which are used in combination with other herbs to treat all kinds of illnesses. The brilliant blue sky of the tropical winter contrasts with the yellow catkins.
My thanks to the team of Skywatch Friday.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

ABC Wednesday- Y

Yellow flowers by the yard
Care for a ride in the yellow submarine?
Or a trip to yonder China in a yacht..
to see the Yucca in bloom.
The yogi's recipe for a youth : eat yams and yellow fruit!
My thanks to the team of ABC Wednesday , which yields fun year long.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Our World Tuesday- January 3, 2012

Now that the winter vacation is over, the children are busy at school. It is the time for grandpas and grandmas to rest and socialize in the park. The scented flowers of the Cannon Ball Tree is an added attraction.
My thanks to the team of Our World Tuesday, which has taken up where My World left.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

January1, 2012

The Peace lily is for peace, the Water lily is for happiness, the rose is for love, bananas for health and Strelitzia is for prosperity. May this year bring you peace, happiness, love, health and prosperity!