November 6th, 2007

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The Landmark Open Quiz 011107

It's been a very rushed few days...here's what I attended on the 1st of November...


http://bangalore.metblogs.com/archives/2007/11/the_landmark_open_quizchowdiah.phtml


It was a fun evening....I do wish I had even an outside chance at one of these quizzes! But as I say, others' intellects flower, mine seems to cauliflower!
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The Fruit of Passion....

Did an overnight trip to the Bhadra property of JLR which I had wanted to see for a very long time. So when amoghavarsha was going to be the "photography-guide" for a group of people who are members of the Pixetra Club , and Karthik, too, would be there at the time, I decided to join up and join in. For me, it was a learning experience on both wildlife and photography fronts. Will be making a Metroblogs post about it....

But meanwhile...it was not a wildlife trip per se (though of course, on safari we sighted ELEPHANTS, SPOTTED DEER, BARKING DEER, MONGOOSE, and --as usual--- the recent pugmarks of a young male tiger...when am I ever going to get beyond the scat and pugmarks and see an actual South Indian tiger, I wonder?) so we were concentrating more on the photography this time.

The property itself proved a great source of excellent subjects, and here are two photos of "Life Under Foot" as I like to call my macro photos...one, because a lot of these subjects can be found just underfoot, if we only look down and about with attention...and two, because the subjects are generally much less than a foot in their dimensions!


Here's the fruit pod of the Passion Flower plant:



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I loved the delicate tracery of the lacy cage that holds the seed safe within itself.


And as we walked along, my friend Sadvi, who works as a naturalist at the Bhadra property, spied this little green beauty. And just to make things interesting, along came an ant...




The Ant And The....Preying Mantis! Bhadra 041107


We all know the story of the Ant and the Grasshopper, but of course, just to be contrary, real life has only the story of the Ant and the Preying Mantis!

The ant actually did go up to the Preying Mantis and pulled one of its legs, and the Mantis reacted by taking its legs out of harm's way...but DIDN'T prey on the ant! A very Gandhi Preying Mantis, this one...indeed, one can quite call it the PrAying Mantis, it was so non-violent!


Then it quite deliberately turned its back on us and mooned us, I think...here's the view of the behind of a Mantis!That's Amogh clicking away in the background with his really awesome macro lens...watch out for the pics on his blog.



Behind the manits....

It was a very enjoyable trip, I must say!
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Frustration...

Some worries on my mind right now. Mind control is quite tough, but managing it...

Frustration is, to come back to the subject title, when I coome back from a few days away, realize that there are simply SCORES of very, very interesting posts by my LJ friends...and because of several factors (led by an erratic internet connection) that I cannot comment on each and every one of them, *MUCH* though I would like to. (I cannot imagine another forum where I can express my reactions and opinions and people will quietly let me finish AND consider what I say!)

My LJ friends are SUCH an interesting bunch...and what a variety of topics there are. But I just don't have the time to comment on each one, especially when the comment page needs 3 or 4 clicks each time to display...

One reason why I tend to check LJ every day...and that could easily lead to addiction if I am not careful! (No, did fine for the past few days without the net; but it's when I come back, and check everyone's posts that I feel, Oh, I must reply to this, and this, and this, and.....!)

So...all of you...I *am* reading your posts. Forgive the uncharacteristic silence on the comments page!

There is also a lot to do with Deepavali around the corner...I polished all my brass lamps today, cleaned up the apartment...and so the day went...
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The Pixetra Club

http://bangalore.metblogs.com/archives/2007/11/the_pixetra_club.phtml


And a couple of images from the trip:



Patterns in Wood Bhadra 031107


That was a view of the wooden planks leading to my cottage...




And while on the subject of "my cottage", here's the view of the Bhadra Dam catchment area that I had from there:



the view from my room at the River Tern Lodge Bhadra 031107


A lovely trip, though just for a day...