Monthly Archives: March 2016

Won, two, three…

Well played, India


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Imagination

My fascination with the simmal tree’s bright red flowers began in the Himalayas. These flowers attract birds of all shapes and sizes. As I passed by a tree full of these flowers , I looked down at the heap of red flowers steam below the tree. Next to the fallen flowers were some rose plants with buds of the yet to blossom red roses .I smiled widely when I saw the simmal flowers attached to the Rose plants ! Somebody had used their imagination to let us enjoy the exotic red flowers for a few more moments . Passers by smiled when they saw me clicking pictures…. 

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Dragon cloud? Bear?

Another cloud post? We haven’t got to cloud 9 ..yet!

Is this a dragon breathing fire? or a bear that has swallowed the sun?

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The bud, flower and seed-cycle of life

It is rare to see a small plant by the roadside exhibiting the complete life cycle of the plant….on one side, there is promise and possibility..the unopened bud, the flower on the other (life being lived), the last stage is the preservation and propagation (seeds), which will be dispersed by the wind. This plant is as beautiful to me as the exotic species we nurture in our gardens.

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National Art Centre, Yemen

Located within the old or walled city, is a treasure worth exploring…the National art centre. On the outside, it is an old, unassuming building, but once you step inside…it is like you have peeped into the Yemen that was centuries ago. The culture and tradition are showcased well here. The view from the roof is amazing. Definitely a must-visit..

The facade of the typical gingerbread home structure

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The walls are as solid as they are beautiful

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The typical archways and stone structure are seen here, with vibrant colours in the paintings

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The niches, courtyards and alcoves are a delight

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A door with an intricate design from the days of yore..

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The roof with a view….

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Green bee eaters-Love online

Yesterday was definitely ‘couples day’ for birds along my path. I saw 24 green bee eaters, 14 kingfishers, 29 kites…………….and many more birds…all in pairs. In the age of online dating and romance, it seemed appropriate that the birds were mostly on-line, perched on wires.

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The rural gym

On state highways in most parts of northern India, women can be seen in groups near hand pumps, filling water for drinking at home, Yes, the water supply has reached most streets in villages, but the water that is considered best for drinking is the ground water from the sub-soil. While those in the urban areas drive to the gym, these ladies get their work out from the walking, pumping for water and hoisting and carrying the water over their heads…while the urban population goes to enclosed, sweaty (often smelly!) indoor gyms, the rural folk get their exercise, unknowingly, out of necessity, in the great outdoors……their faces are covered for the most part because of an age old custom.. the invaders generally came in from the north and carried off the beautiful women!

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Black winged kite, sitting and in flight

My passion for nature takes me on journeys that compel me to stop, gaze, shoot…with a camera. This kite was chased by me from a wire to one tree after another, till it gave up and posed 🙂

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Inside a pigeon’s nest with the newly hatched pigeons

I have always wanted to look inside a bird’s nest. My parents have shown me a baya beaver’s nest on a tree as a child, but told me not to touch it as the birds would be harmed. My dream came true last year when an air conditioner in our living room on the first floor had to be serviced ( a part of the annual process). We saw a baby pigeon/ squeaker/ squab in it!! The gentlemen who were doing the job were actually gentle-men. They replaced the air conditioner back gingerly over the nest, after their job was done. This year, there were 2 baby pigeons/ squabs there ! they were nervous and I clicked pictures over them from as far as possible. The nest is unlike any other…it is made of small stones and concrete(apparently), protected from the changes in temperature by the air conditioner over it.  Look below for a picture and short video…

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Flame vine, golden shower vine

A plant that has originally come from Brazil adorns many homes all over the world now. It has bright and beautiful clusters of bright orange flowers. Aptly named the flame vine or golden shower vine, it is used to cover archways and to cover walls.

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