Wednesday, October 31, 2012

P is for Peace

The peacock proudly parades in the palace.
The pelican is paddling in the pond.
The Primula is a wildflower in the Himalayas.
My thanks to Mrs. Nesbitt and Roger of ABC Wednesday.
I thank Michelle of Rambling Woods for her Nature Notes.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Our World- Heaps of Flowers

 The flower market in Mysore has different flower heaps in different seasons. Now is the season of roses...
and chrysanthemums, and tuberoses.
You can see vignettes of our world in Our World Tuesday.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

O is no Ordinary Letter

 Owl, who thought he owned theOld Tree was ostracised by his own family for his Occult practices.
He left the Old Tree and went in search of an Orchid of inOrdinate beauty.
 The 'home grown Orchids were lovely, but he wanted one extra- ordinary.
 He found it in the forest, blooming on an occasional tree.
The extraOrdinary ABCWednesday was started by Mrs.Nesbitt, and is managed by Roger,:to both my Shalom!
Another blog Out of the Ordinary is Michelle's Nature Notes atRambling  Woods. To her, my Namaste.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Our World- the Festival of Dolls

 Tomorrow is the last day of the ten day Dassera festival in India. It is celebrated differently in different parts of India. In the South, women and girls arrange clay dolls in tiers and invite their friends to view them.
My neighbour had made this grocer woman  and the old woman below.
The festival of dolls has its roots in agriculture. Farmers dredge the canals and lake beds now, and sell the clay. Professional doll makers make the dolls, which are displayed during the festival, and safely put away till the next season. Little girls dress up and sing and dance.
Like all traditional festivals, the festival of dolls is also slowly becoming a thing of the past.
I am linking to Our World Tuesday.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Flowers Blooming in my Garden Today

 Pomegranate flowers have inspired many Urdu poets.
 Red Ruellia has carpeted a part of my garden.
The pink Justicia carnea is exotic looking.
The small flowers of the dwarf Chrysanthemum look like daisies.
Linking to Today's Flowers.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Floral Friday

 These are some of the flowers blooming now in my garden. The blue Himalayan Sage is full of royal blue flowers which are besieged by bees and butterflies. One drawback about this plant is that it does not shed its old flowers, leaving me to groom it daily:(
 The golden Bougainvillea is blooming profusely, but all the golden bracts are facing the vacant plot behind my property.
 I saw tiny blue flowers in this Bromeliad, whose name I don't know.
The Guzmania has come out with a startling red bract and white flowers.
You can see flowers from all parts of the world at Nick's Floral Friday.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

N for Nature

 I love Mother Nature and all her aspects. The raiN forests of the WesterN ghats
 Nerium Oleander blossoms on my Neighbour's bush
 HimalayaN raNges
 ReflectioN in KaziraNga.
 Cauvery, the boNe of coNteNtioN betweeN Neighboring states
 The INdiaN oceaN.
ThaNkiNg Mrs.Nesbitt and Roger, I liNk to ABC Wednesday, and Michelle's
Nature Notes at Rambling Woods.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Our World Tuesday

 Hotel Mayura Sudarshan in Ooty is situated in a large parkland which belonged to the earlier Maharaja of Mysore. The hotel is comfortable and reasonably priced.
The glasshouse in its premises has many exotic plants and beautiful begonias.
This fountain is carved out of a single granite rock.
 Nearby, is a church built by the English.
You can see interesting images of our world here.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Some Wild Flowers of Nilgiris

 Golden flowers on the hedges.
 The Everlasting Flower Helichrysum was flowering abundantly along the countryside.
The blue Convolvulus looked beautiful in the wild.
My thanks to the team of Today's Flowers.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Floral Friday- Some more flowers from Ooty

As I was going through my photos, I found many more flowers from that enchanting place- Ooty, which we visited last month. Many of the flowers are unknown to me,.. like the yellow , scentless flowers on top, blooming on a tree.
 Hydrangea is quite common here.
 This huge flower formed a great arch, through which a 6 foot man could easily pass. The inflorescence had attracted thousands of bees.
Another unrecognized flower growing in a bush.
You can see many flowers from across the globe at Floral Friday

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

M is for...

The Common Mormon managed to escape his enemies,by  mimicking other butterflies
 As he moved from Mussaenda to Mirabilis, he met his mate...
He maintained a measurable distance for many minutes before the marriage....which was consummated in the mid morning.

But his mate, the Blue Mormon remained moping 'midst the mud pots.
Many thanks to Mrs.Nesbitt and the magnificent Roger for ABC Wednesday.
My thanks to Michelle of Rambling Woods for her marvelous Nature Notes.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Our World Tuesday

Elephants ate practicing for the procession in Mysore. They will all be dressed up in finery on the day of the procession. Traffic comes to a stand still when they wending their stately way.
Thanks to the team of Our World.