Tuesday, September 23, 2014

K for Kurinji Flowers

 Once in twelve years, the slopes of the Western Ghats mountains are carpeted with the blue Kurinji (Strobilanthus) flowers. The mass blooming makes the hillslook blue. After the hectic floral activity, the plants die down and resurface again after 12 years.
 In 2012, it was the turn of the hills of the Nilgiris to turn blue with flowers.....
 This year, the Munnar hillsare awash with the Kurinji blooms.
 The struggle between the Kurinji and the Tea plants is continuing. Sadly, the Kurinji habitat is being taken over by the dollar-earning tea......The Kurinji areas are dwindling , and with it many other life forms are disappearing.
My thanks to the team of Our world Tuesday  and

Thanks also to ABCWednesday started by Mrs.Nesbitt, and continued by Roger and his team.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Jungle and its Denizens

 The jungle attracts many people. Rudyard Kipling wrote The Jungle Book set in the jungles of India.
 The jungle has plenty of hidden treasures like the Cobra lily above......
 and the orchid Acampe which are used in Ayurvedic medicine.

 The jungle also is the home of the shy Nilgiri Langoor which leaps from treetop to treetop.
My thanks to the team of Our World Tuesday.
I thank Mrs.Nesbitt and the team of ABCWednesday.abcwenesday-mrsnesbitt.blogspot.com

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

I like Ixora

 Ixora is a wildflower of the rainforeests of the Western Ghats. It was named Ixoraby the Portuguese because they saw the local people of Goa offering it at the temple of Ishwara.
 The gardener can get many colours of Ixora except blue.With thanks to Mrs.Nesbitt who initiated ABCWednesday, and to the inimitable Roger and innumerable others in the team.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Our World Tuesday- Yoga

 These beautiful sculptures representing the twelve poses of the Surya Namaskar- Salutation to the Sun can be seen in the Delhi Airport. This is my tribute to the great yoga master B.K.S.Iyengar who passed away recently.http://ourworldtuesdaymeme.blogspot.com