Monthly Archives: November 2015

Diwali-Indian Festival of Lights

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Pearly everlasting flower buds-Himalayas

The buds of the beautiful Pearly Everlasting flowers look like white berries from afar. Close up, one can see the yellow centers and the white petals which are in various stages of blooming. The whole plant is edible when young.

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The Black and White Coal Tit

The Coal Tit is a strikingly coloured bird, both black and white. Should it be the symbol of international unity and a symbol against racism????

This bird perches on this lamp in our garden everyday…..and it is not afraid of humans!!!

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A red bird

Sometimes, life passes you by…more often a bird passes you by on a winding mountain road. You can admire the bird and whiz past, or you can click a hazy picture of a beautiful creature….or do both, holding your camera as steady as you can as the vehicle lurches and throws you up in the air. I was told that this bird was a Red Cardinal, but people on social media are very literate and intelligent and very likely to argue 🙂 So be it…it is a red bird. 

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I am now trying to make an app that will determine the incline of the slope of the road and the speed of the car based on the clarity of a picture taken from a moving car……


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Orange Bullfinch–Himalayas

On the way to the Valley of Flowers in the Himalayas, we saw several exotic plants and birds. While I gasped and gaped when I saw an Orange Bullfinch for the first time in my life, my sister managed to take a picture before it flew away. It is a beautiful bird that is found in the Indian subcontinent. Have you seen one??

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Tufted Titmouse bird-Himalayas

In our Himalayan home, birds, butterflies and bees are regular visitors. Some of the birds are small and colourful, they are difficult to capture as they fly away at the slightest sound. The ravens, sparrows, mynahs and birds of the tit family do not scare easily. The Tufted titmouse in the Himalayas is much darker than its North American cousin…..

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These pictures were clicked in our garden.


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