Monthly Archives: April 2016

Himalayan Raven-Largest, glossiest

The Himalayan ravens are the largest and glossiest in the world….they are unafraid of human presence (the people in the mountains do not harm the animals and plants around them). They come close to eat the food from your table,if you decide to invite them….and as a bonus they pose for pictures…

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Faith in the mountains

I have always found that people are more devout and lead a simpler life in the mountains. The higher the altitude, the better the attitude……Along every turn in the serpentine mountain roads is a sight that takes my breath away……one of these was when we were travelling past a sunset, the magic was completed by the bell suspended from the heavens above and the Alaknanda river below…

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Devprayag, the origin of Ganga River at night

The sight of the rivers Bhagirithi and Alaknanda at Devprayag is beyond breathtaking. It is a sight that can be enjoyed from the highway, the two rivers are of different shades of blue, the union is marked by a triangular projection of the mountain, where a temple exists. We happened to pass by this area at night for the first time…it is as spectacular by night as the lights of different hues are reflected onto the water in a glorious rainbow….a union of different colours, as diverse as India itself….

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A bird? a plane? it’s both!!!!

My fascination for all things that fly began in childhood…imagine my delight when a beautiful green bee eater appeared to look up the sky with me to look at an overhead passing plane!!!!

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Black Drongo- Spread your wings

This black bird has been watching me run after and photograph the bright and colourful birds along the highway. This time it flew around me and over me till I chased after it and appreciated it in all its glory…..spread your wings and appreciate beauty in all its forms….it seemed to say..as it looked into my eyes…

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Move mountains? I’m moved by them

Some move mountains, others are moved by them……The beauty of the mighty majestic mountains is best experienced in places where the plants, streams and clouds in the vicinity of the mountains outnumber the human and their dwellings……..

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Sunbird in flight

Who says birds do not interact with us when we see them almost daily. The pair of sunbirds who live in our garden react to us. When I came back home after being away for a while, I went to the neem tree to see the new leaves it was producing. A sunbird perched on it and flew from one branch to another, directly over me. As if that gorgeous display was not enough, it swooped down around me in a few artistic loops before it went back to the tree….you have to be a believer for them to fly around you 🙂

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Yoga Monkey!!!!!

I have heard stories in my childhood about the excellent mimicry that monkeys can do (my parents told us fascinating stories, they often slipped in the moral of the story while making it interesting). One day I saw a solitary monkey sitting calmly by a lake. Seeing that nobody was nearby, I waved my arms. it reciprocated. Soon it was imitating my gestures. I struck a few yoga poses, then I touched my toes. It followed every move…….we are more connected to animals than we realize. The equation changes when we attack monkeys and they imitate us…

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Nesting Dove

DSC008533 days of interaction with a nesting dove. 

Day 1–

Human—-OMG! wow (shouts with glee and climbs up a tree)

Dove—–tolerates for a while then flies away

Day 2—

Human—-let me get close, I just want to look into your eyes.

Dove—-okay, but don’t get too excited today

Day 3…

Human—I’m going to take pictures, do not fly away.

Dove….Okay, I will pose for you(the dove actually cooed and faced the camera!)

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Curry tree flowers and leaves, our garden

Among the gorgeous lilies and fragrant roses in our garden the curry tree adds its unique beauty and fragrance. The flowers are small and beautiful, and a hot favourite among the pollinators, the bees and butterflies alike. Apart from the culinary uses of this plant in the Indian subcontinent, where it is used to add extra flavour to the curries, this plant has medicinal value too. It spices up our lives in a way that only it can….each of us has a special role and place in life and we are all irreplaceable……………the fragrance of life and love is in the air 🙂

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