Category Archives: Nature

Sometimes, all it takes is the chirping of a bird, the blooming of a flower, or the sound of a stream to awaken our senses and rejuvenate us. All we know is this existence and this one life we are given to lead. Open your mind, use your senses, to experience the amazing world around you.

The Monarch is here!!

I do think that the butterfly which accompanied us on a trek was a Monarch….we see these butterflies when we trek/ hike…..or do we see the same (magical) one every time???


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The first strawberries -our garden

When we planted strawberries in our North-eastern home, we were told they would not grow……they did!!!! they are a blessing. The fruit is ripening, in quantities that we can consume and relish….! The flowers are as beautiful as the berries, the taste of the strawberries in indescribable….yummmmyyy…..we do not use insecticides so they are healthy too…. image imageimage


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Hard working women of the North-east, India

Whether it is fishing, or selling vegetables and fruits, or planting rice (a back-breaking task), I have seen the women in the North-Eastern part of India do it all….and very efficiently……


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Strawberries and humans

When one is on holiday in an idyllic location in a home tucked far away in a corner of the universe, one ruminates, philosophises …and makes sense of life, in every form. We had a bumper crop of strawberries in our last home…hence we had to plant a sapling in our present home….it has spread over a patch and borne fruit!!! The first strawberries made me draw parallels between plants and humans…here is how strawberries are like humans, both of them:

  • Spread and occupy land
  • Have variable shapes and sizes
  • Display members at various stages of growth and maturation
  • Perish/ flourish at various stages in their lives
  • Have variable rates of propogation
  • Need nutrition, sunlight and fresh air
  • Age
  • Are prone to attacks by parasites
  • Can rot , be diseased
  • Have different shades
  • Multiply—or not
  • Are simply wonderful

The first strawberry, like the first passion fruit grown in our home, was divided among family lives…and cherished….


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Hangout of the Dragonflies

In our garden is a tree….if you can call it that!!! It is a very tall tree trunk, devoid of branches, Flowers, fruits and/or leaves. For some reason, the dragonflies party there…..they aggregate on a daily basis and act as though they are ‘high’!!!! they fly around dreamily, as though in a trance and hang on to the tree trunk, and each other….sometimes it appears as though they are attached to each other …by a wing….and a prayer….Now I know what that phrase truly means!!! And it demonstrates what a hangout truly is… 

 


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Keeping cut Flowers fresh

I love plants in flowerpots, but every once in a while, an occasion necessitates a bouquet of fresh flowers . I rush to put the flowers in water and they last 14-20 days in our home!! Here is what we do: Continue reading


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Connections with living beings

It is well known that dogs and humans have a special bond. In our home, we have an aquarium and a small pond in which fishes live. I have this annoying habit of touching the aquarium glass with a finger tip….initially, the fish would swim away in a terrified frenzy……now they swim to my finger, and swim towards it repeatedly!!! In particular, two goldfishes compete to make contact….it was difficult to capture these moments as they swim away the moment another person is near!!! I have taken these pictures with my other hand, while I touched my finger-tip of one hand on the glass…..


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Black swans—the males are the better halves

In New Zealand, we saw black swans for the first time. They mate for life and are monogamous, the males share the responsibility of bringing up their offspring. When I first saw them, it was a little late in the evening, and they reminded of tiny Loch Ness monsters….they are graceful, with a red bill, which has a spot of white on it.

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Forget-me-not flowers

Tiny blue flowers ever so delicate

Nature’s blue eyed babies

Giggle, twinkle and whisper

“Forget-me-not” when the breeze

Caresses their tender leaves

Blue Butterflies perch on them

Don’t pluck them, that’s a shame…….

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The journey of 2 eggs to birds

I have always been fascinated by nests and eggs….is that a latent interest in a nest-egg???? Anyway, a nest that was visible to the eye was adorned with 2 eggs….we followed their developmental progress to birds……lessons learnt:

  • These are the only pigeons that are beautiful…is it because we developed an interest in and attachment to them? Do people and beings appear more attractive over time? do bonds, however fragile, develop unknowingly?? 
  • The pigeons were fed, nurtured and protected by their parents….for long after they were hatched……the young are loved, protected….instinctively by most species…


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