February 24th, 2007


Everything is getting specialized...

Here's an email from one of the egroups I belong to:


"We have the following groups in DiversityIndia. Please become members of respective groups and send emails in right groups for better responses.

Invertebrates of India http://groups.yahoo.com/group/InvertebrateIndia/
Insects of India http://groups.yahoo.com/group/InsectIndia/
Butterflies in Indian Region http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ButterflyIndia/
Indian Moths http://in.groups.yahoo.com/group/Indianmoths
Dragonflies and Damselflies of India http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DragonflyIndia
Spiders of India http://groups.yahoo.com/group/SpiderIndia
Wild Flowers India http://groups.yahoo.com/group/WildFlowerIndia
Reptiles of India http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ReptileIndia
Amphibians of India http://groups.yahoo.com/group/AmphibianIndia

Avoid cross posting unless the emails are of common interest to more than one groups."


Oh my goodness. What am I supposed to do if I don't know if what I have seen is a butterfly or a moth? Can both of these not be posted to insectindia? Thank goodness there is only one egroup for dragonflies and damselflies, as I have no clue what a damselfly is (except that I think that many damsels turn into dragons later.) I happen to know that there are other insects that mimic spiders...now where should I post emails about those?

Very soon I am sure there are going to be specific egroups for, say, left-handed toads, or red-coloured five-petalled wildflowers, or birds spotted only in South Bangalore...and of course cross-posting NOT allowed...

Thank goodness for sites like India Nature Watch which has all these categories in one, AND includes landscape also as part of Nature..

I am a "generalist" whether it's insects or birds or trees or mammals or reptiles, they all fascinate me....and sadly, the world is getting more compartmentalized...if I have a sinus ailment, I will have to go to a different doctor if it is the left nostril and a different one if it is the right..and yet a third one if BOTH nostrils are blocked...

NIce meeting...

I went to Lalbagh and then to MTR (Mavalli Tiffin Room, a Bangalore institution that still serves coffee in silver tumblers!) this morning, to meet other people who are writing for Metroblogs Bangalore...and met anitab and as a totally unexpected bonus, cyberscorpion, whose photography and love for Tamizh culture and language have long fascinated me...I was, I think, the only one there without a camera, the place was bristling with Canons and Nikons and lenses that can work magic....

Feeling very peaceful and content. I do love my city and the fact that we still have such lovely public gardens.

I wonder...how many LJ-ers would I be passing on the sidewalk without knowing who they were? Bangalore surely has a large population of them....LJers, if you meet this woman on a bicycle, or with an expensive camera and lenses that she can't tell you the technical names of...that's ME!

The Blue-Capped Rock Thrush

I found this delightful view of this delightful, colourful little bird amongst the photographs...I don't know if I took the picture or KM did; but looking at the detail of that little spider-web thread just next to the bird, and its clarity, I feel it might have been KM rather than me...

Blue capped Rock Thrush, Ganeshgudi JLR, Dandeli, 18 Feb 07

Sadly, we didn't get any pictures of another colourful bird on the Ganesh Gudi campus of JLR, the Malabar Trogon....