September 29th, 2008


Superb weekend....

Two birding trips, one to Ramnagara and one to Ragihalli in the Bannerghatta Forest evening with old film music and great friends....catching up with old friendships...what could be better? I am a very lucky person.

Four of the most common things one can see on a trip to the outdoors:

The MORNING GLORY (Convolvulus):

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The GARDEN LIZARD (Calotes versicolor)

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The dragonfly (Dontask methisname)

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And a PALM SQUIRREL (Onceagain noname), straying from the tree for which he is named, and enjoying the fruit of the CASUARINA tree:

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Lots of pics to follow...once I get done with my backlog of work!

Pavement wares

Sometimes, amidst the plastic and the tawdry stuff that one finds on the footpath stalls, one comes across nuggets....

ragigudda pavement stall

Those are woodcuts, meant to be used for block printing, or perhaps for rangoli or mehendi...except for the paisley patterns, each is unique.

Each cost five rupees...a pittance for such artistic work!

The Butterflies and Flowers over the Weekend....

Since I have been so lucky in finding people to go with this past week, I thought that I would do a post on the wildflowers, and the butterflies I was able to photograph. Those last few words are important, because it's immediately obvious why the word "butterfly" came from the word "flutterby". These are SUCH restless creatures, flitting here and there (in the novels of P G Wodehouse , all faithless people are referred to as butterflies because they "flit from flower to flower")...but sometimes one can sneak up on these beauties as they rest lightly on leaves, flowers, the ground or anywhere else....

But...but...butterflies are Orribler Creatures than birds. When I started birding I never realized that there might be something MORE confusing than bird ids. But butterflies are. They have their wings-open appearance, they have their wings-closed appearance, their larvae, their pupae and then just to kill me off, there are butterflies that mimic other butterflies....

But to me, the butterfly life cycle is one of the most wonderful, mysterious things on earth. An egg becomes a caterpillar that becomes a pupa that becomes a butterfly....a complete re-incarnation, all in one many different forms of one's difficult to comprehend the complexity of it all. Now, when I find a caterpillar in my vegetables, my reaction is not "Yeughhhh" but to reach for my MLC and switch to macro mode! :D



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And just to wind up, a beautiful, shimmering TORTOISESHELL BEETLE:

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Tomorrow will be raptors and the yellow-throated bulbuls, for which my birding friends are waiting....! Today a migraine because of a very rare upset stomach wasted almost the entire day....I left my digestive system severely alone and now I am getting enquiries from my tummy about whether there will be any inputs at all, so I am off to eat dinner now! :)