Monthly Archives: October 2015

Alpine glory

I wish I could identify the flora and fauna and species of birds that delight me on my treks in the Himalayas. One such plant has flowers which have an off white funnel with dark rings inside. It is a plant that I have never come across anywhere else…..

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Unless someone names it correctly, it shall be Alpine Glory for me….


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Pink Lupine -Himalayas

Each flower of the pink Lupin beckons, it’s impossible to resist the many score pink flowers swaying in the cool mountain breeze. I whispered to them…’Hey Good Lupine, what’s cookin’??’……

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These plants generally grow in a cool and moist climate.


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Yellow thistle with flowers

Once in a while one comes across a plant that has thorns which can abrade  skin if one gets too close. Does it detract from its appeal?? No, say the butterflies that hover around it, landing perfectly on the single apical yellow flowers. These plants thrive since they possess a natural defence mechanism that protects them from cattle and humans alike…..

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River Beauty Willowherb, Himalayas

In the high altitude Valley of Flowers in the Himalayas in India, flowers of great beauty are a delight to behold. One of these is the River beauty willowherb. Every part of this flower is edible, it is a part of the Evening Primrose family. It is used in herbal teas, salads and the leafy parts are cooked like spinach. An exotic plant with health benefits…..

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King’s crown (Rhodiola) in the Himalayas

Every plant in high altitude regions is beautiful and unique. One such plant is the King’s Crown (Rhodiola species). These grow wild in the mountains and are used in traditional medicines to cure high blood pressure, tuberculosis and even cancer ( I did not get proof of that!). The rose like flower at the top of each stalk probably led to it being named King’s Crown.

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Shitake mushrooms in Himalayas, India

Prepare to be surprised at every step while exploring the Himalayas. The further away from civilization the place, the more of nature’s beauty abounds there. In an enchanted forest, we come across the most beautiful vegetation. On a fallen tree trunk, the moss, lichen and mushrooms whisper to each other, co-existing in perfect harmony. Shitake mushrooms of the best variety peep out from the tree trunk, growing as a family in colonies. Do you pluck them to devour them? No, you stop, admire…and walk away with a smile on your lips….DSCF6709


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Holiday

Holi-days lead to …………..

Holi-stic healing 🙂


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