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A botanical garden is basically a well cared for and well-designed (sometimes not even planned out) garden that is considered a public place for the whole community to enjoy. Mostly you will also be able to see cards with the scientific or botanical names

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Our World Tuesday- Wandering Minstrels

Tue, 29 Nov 2011 00:40:00 +0000

This man with the decorated bull stood at my gate a few days ago and went on playing lovely morning ragas on his pipe. He is a Kole Basava, a wandering minstrel. Music is his life. He ekes out his living by taking the bull from house to house and playing music. The bull sometimes answers questions in your mind by nodding or shaking his head. That is another income for the bull's owner.
(image) Wandering minstrels were a common sight all over India 10 years ago. I saw this Baul with his stringed instrument at a temple in Assam last summer. He has become too old to wander. So he sits on the temple steps and sings .
My thanks to the team of Our World Tuesday for their wonderful meme.

Blue Mormon

Mon, 28 Nov 2011 00:41:00 +0000

(image) The Blue Mormon Papilio polymnestor, is the second largest butterfly in India, next to the Southern Birdwing. They seem to be proliferating this year- I see the huge sky- blue shapes flitting about everywhere. This fellow was taking rest in my garden. His wingspan was around 6 inches from tip to tip.
This is my contribution to Lisa's Macro Monday.

Today's Flowers #171

Sun, 27 Nov 2011 05:54:00 +0000

(image) The red mussaenda has very bright bracts, but does not flower profusely.
(image) The Lobster claw heliconia has bright bracts concealing small flowers.
(image) Ixora is a native of the rain forests of the Western Ghats. It never stints on flowers.
(image) Ruttya has unusual black lips.
(image) My Thunbergia mysorensis has started putting out long ropes of flowers.
We are having gloomy weather now due to a depression in the eastern sea. These flowers cheer me up with their bright and cheerful faces. Hope they bring cheer to you too.
My thanks to Santilli, Denise, Pupo and Sandy Carlson for their wonderful meme, Today's Flowers. I am also contributing to Floral Friday.

Weekend Reflections- The Lonely Cormorant

Sat, 26 Nov 2011 00:44:00 +0000

(image) Loneliness adds beauty to life. It puts a special burn on sunsets and makes night air smell better.
- Henry Rollins
My thanks to James at Weekend Reflections for his very special meme.

Skywatch Friday

Fri, 25 Nov 2011 00:35:00 +0000

(image) The rain bearing clouds have retreated now, and the wispy white clouds in the blue sky gives some shade occasionally, to the hard working farmer.
My thanks to the team of Skywatch Friday.

ABC Wednesday- S

Wed, 23 Nov 2011 00:45:00 +0000

(image) Welcome to ABC Wednesday, to the world of S. Today, I am going to speak about the significance of some names. Strelitzia reginae was found suitable for the suzerain.....
(image) who sustained herself by sampling syrops from a Golden Chalice, Solandra grandiflora.
(image) Sanchezia , certainly is named for a scientist.
(image) Sanseveria honours the Sans,the mother-in-law in Hindi.
(image) The Sage is from the Himalayas, like the great sage Sakyamuni Buddha, who gave us the sutras for surmounting suffering.
To see and enjoy more S words, please click here.

Our World Today- Rice

Tue, 22 Nov 2011 00:32:00 +0000

(image) Rice, Oryza sativa, is the grass which supports more than half of the human population on this planet. It was domesticated more than 5000 years ago, in South Asia. Now it is the staple food of China, Thailand, Myenmar and most of India. Besides being the main food, rice is also associated with prosperity and fertility, and so is used by the Hindus at festivals. Rice is showered on the newly weds during the wedding ceremony.
Rice is also used in funerals to make the passage to heaven easy for the departed.
There are many varieties of rice, the most famous is the fragrant, long grained Basumati rice grown in the foothills of the Himalayas.
(image) Sadly, the rice fields near cities are being gobbled up by the builders. Since rice is a labour intensive crop, farmers find it increasingly difficult to get farm labour.
This woman is a small cultivator of a special type of red rice grown only in the Western Ghats, in India. She and her husband do most of the work in their farm, and grow enough to sustain their family. They sell the surplus.
My thanks to the team of Our World Tuesday, where you can see interesting aspects of our wonderful world.

Today's Flowers

Sun, 20 Nov 2011 06:14:00 +0000

(image) The Blue Sage from the Himalayas adds a welcome blue tinge to my garden now.
(image) The dwarf Canna indica is very popular in many gardens here.
(image) The sky blue Plumbago blooms reflect the clear blue skies.
(image) The red Powder Puff is blooming in many gardens here.
(image) This Cassia is a short tree with double coloured blooms.
I feel so lucky that we have flowers to cheer us up all the year round!
My thanks to the team of Today's Flowers, where you can see what is blooming in other parts of the world.

Skywatch Friday- Blue

Fri, 18 Nov 2011 01:22:00 +0000

(image) The sea at Murdeshwar is a rather greenish blue, which contrasts with the bright blue of the tropical sky. My thanks to the team of Skywatch Friday. You can see fantastic skywatch pictures here.

Reinwardtia- Narrative of a Rare Flower

Wed, 16 Nov 2011 00:08:00 +0000

(image) She was the child of the rainforest, a dryad, and a ravishing beauty.
(image) Reared by the raven and the rhinao, she refused to read the 3R's nd grew up to be a radiant beauty.
(image) A rambling rajah fell in love with her and re-located her to his royal residence in Rangoon. Refusing all nourishment, she relinquished her mortal coils.
(image) The regretful royal buried her by the rapids of the river Ramganga.
(image) Came the rainy season, and a rare flower reared up from her resting place. The reincarnation was renamed Reinwardtia.
Reinwardtia indica , or Pyoli, as it is known locally, has many ballads and folk songs in her honour. The innocence and beauty of the maiden of the rainforest of the Himalayan foothills , who refused to live in a king's palace, has inspired many a folk songster.
This is my contribution to ABC Wednesday.You can see many interesting posts , and take part yourself, by clicking here.

Our World- Murdeshwar Beach

Tue, 15 Nov 2011 00:36:00 +0000

(image) The fishing village of Murdeshwar on the Arabian Sea, has now become a favoureded tourist spot. You can see the fishermen's boats docked here.
(image) The white sands on the beach , and the warm sea water are great attractions to visitors.
(image) For the fishermen in their tiny boats, the sea is their 'father', who provides sustenance.
My thanks to the team of Our World Tuesday, where you can see snippets of our beautiful world.

Wild Flowers of the Western Ghats

Sun, 13 Nov 2011 01:05:00 +0000

(image) I could capture some of the lovely wild flowers when I visited some places in the mountainous regions of the Western Ghats last weekend. The Gloriosa superba lily is the queen of the tropical wild flowers. It is called Agnishikha, fire flower- locally. Its tuber is used in Ayurveda medicine.
(image) The intense blue of the Snake weed makes the flowers stand out in the undergrowth of the jungle clearing. The plant is used to treat snake bites. It resembles the Porterweed which is a familiar sight in the plains.
(image) Beautiful white flowers of the Wild Tobacco Lobelia nicoteanefolia were dotting the jungle landscape . This is also a poisonous plant. The leaves are used for the treatment of asthma and bronchitis.
(image) I could not find the names of these two wild flowers.
(image) This is my contribution to Flowers for Today. You can see beautiful flowers from the far corners of the world here.

Weekend Reflections- Stairs

Sat, 12 Nov 2011 01:40:00 +0000

(image) Stairs are climbed step by step.
- Turkish proverb.
This picture was taken in Mandu at the small palace built by the Moghul emperor Babur in the 16th century. These stairs are typical of early Mughal architecture.
You can see wonderful reflections from all over the world at Weekend Reflections.

Skywatch Friday

Fri, 11 Nov 2011 00:49:00 +0000

(image) Early morning at Horanad in the Western Ghats. The clouds cover the dense tropical forests, which are dwindling at an alarming rate.
My thanks to the team of Skywatch Friday.

ABC Wednesday- Q

Wed, 09 Nov 2011 00:57:00 +0000

(image) "What is a quisqualis?" asked the quiz master.
"Queer question!" quipped the quack. "It isn't a quail or a quotation,
nor a quadrangle or a quadratic equation.......
(image) Can it be a quadruped carrying a quintal?"
"Not quite correct!" was the answer.
Quisqualis is the flower in the first picture. It is called Madhumalati meaning honey jasmine in its native India. When it was to be given an official name in England, the bored botanist saw it and exclaimed"What on earth is this?" , which translates to Quis qualis in Latin.

A temple of Knowledge

Tue, 08 Nov 2011 01:01:00 +0000

(image) Sringeri , in the Western Ghats is famous for the temple to Sharada, the goddess of Knowledge. There is an ancient monastery here, established by Adi Shankaracharya 1800 years ago. It is a prominent seat of Hindu philosophy.
(image) The monastery is on the banks of the river Tunga, which is full of fish. People do not fish here out of respect for the monks.
My thanks to the team of Our World, where you can see photos from all parts of the world.

Skywatch Friday

Fri, 04 Nov 2011 00:40:00 +0000

(image) The skies of Malwa were the same clear blue as the water last month. Our skies here are perpetually grey. I am looking forward to the trip to the Western Ghats this weekend organised by the Ladies Club. I hope the skies there are colourful.
Head over to Skywatch Friday to see fabulous skies from around the world.

ABC Wednesday- P

Wed, 02 Nov 2011 01:03:00 +0000

(image) The Peacock peeked into TiPu's Palace.
(image) The pretty palace did not pander to his vanity. Off he went to Peking....
(image) perchance, he saw a pretty picture in Hong Kong.
(image) The pastel coloured palace in in Mysore piqued him.
(image) The poor man's palm- thatched palace won the prize!
My thanks to the team of ABC Wednesday.

Our World- The Blue Mormon

Tue, 01 Nov 2011 00:54:00 +0000

(image) Mormons are butterflies as well as a sect of people. Of all the mormons who visit my garden, the Blue Mormon Papilio polymnestor is the largest.
(image) Although it is the largest butterfly to visit my garden, it is usually chased away by the much smaller jays and tigers. I was thrilled when I could at last capture a Blue Mormon yesterday as she was flitting from flower to flower.
(image) The pale blue colour of the wings is the same shade of blue as the plumbago blossoms.
The Blue Mormon is a native of south India and SriLanka. It is a pollinator of cardamom flowers.
You can see and participate in Our World if you click here.

Flowers for Halloween

Mon, 31 Oct 2011 00:55:00 +0000

(image) Aristolochia, the Dutchman's pipe, is a strange looking flower with an unpleasant smell. It is the food plant of many butterfly larvae.
(image) Ruttya is another strange flower blooming in my garden.
Happy Halloween!
I am linking this to Macro Monday.

Today's Flowers- Heliconia

Sun, 30 Oct 2011 01:02:00 +0000

(image) Heliconias are some of the showiest tropical flowers, sorry, bracts. They seem to have taken over my garden. I am forever cutting and removing them.
My thanks to the team of Today's Flowers for hosting their wonderful meme.

Weekend Reflections- The Singer in the Night

Sat, 29 Oct 2011 00:36:00 +0000

(image) I finally discovered who sang every night in a monotonous shrill voice. The culprit was sitting on my folded garden chair in the veranda, trying hard to look like a leaf. His long antennae gave him away.
(image) The Katydid is related to the grasshoppers and the crickets. Commonly found in the tropics, it gets its name from its repitative call which sounds like "Katydid katydidn't". But my visitor's call sounds more like "tizi tizi"! The sound is produced both by males and females by stridulation- rubbing the forewings together. Their wings are good for producing piercing sound, but not for flying long distances.
According to some scientific studies conducted in 2010, the Katydid PLabycleis affinis has the largest testes in proportion to body mass of any animal recorded!
My thanks to James at Weekend Reflections.

Blooming Friday

Fri, 28 Oct 2011 00:44:00 +0000

(image) The yellow cosmos is a volunteer in my freedom lawn.
(image) Shocking pink ipomea on the fence.
(image) Pink dahlia likes sunshine.
(image) A beautiful ground orchid which has started to bloom now.
(image) The tiny flowers of Plectranthus'Mona Lavender' are a pleasure to behold.
Have a happy weekend!

ABC Wednesday- O

Wed, 26 Oct 2011 00:51:00 +0000

(image) Owl oscillated between the Oval and..
(image) the ocean, for the occasion was not ordinary.
(image) Ordering an orange orchid ...
(image) an Oldman cactus, off he went onwards...
(image) to meet the object of his adOration.
This is my first contribution to ABC Wednesday, which I enjoy going through every Wednesday.

Our World Today- Real Freedom

Tue, 25 Oct 2011 01:02:00 +0000

(image) Democracy is the art and science of running the circus from the monkey cage.
(image) Monkeys are superior to men in this: when a monkey looks into a mirror, he sees a monkey.
- Malcolm de Chazal
(image) Happy Deepavali!

You can see loads of fab photos from all over the world here.