June 9th, 2009


The Yosemite post is taking a long time...so here's a "Wildlife in Forest Park" post

I want all my chosen pics up on my photobucket site before making the Yosemite post, but it's taking a very long time because of so many reasons:

Every time the microwave is switched on, the wifi stops working.

Every time Eli cries, I stop working on the photograph uploading.

Every time the weather is cool and cloudy, I also go off for a walk.

And so the reasons go...but yesterday, when returning from the


I am sorry to say that it's not overwhelming devotion that take us there but the fact that the canteen there serves fantastic idli/pongal on Saturdays and dosa/upma/puLiyOtharai (that's what it is, NOT the Kannada puLiyOgarE) on Sundays! In fact, we ate first and then went upstairs for the darshan...

On the way back, I asked to be dropped off at Forest Park, and asked A to join me, which she did...the men took Eli home in the car, and we walked back, enjoying the park and its sights...

The scenery was lovely, with these mammals boating in Des Peres Creek:

boating on Des Peres creek 070609

We saw the RED-TAILED HAWK overhead (remember I only had MLC2 and the hawk was FAR above, don't complain about the foozly shot, I can hear you!):

red-tailed hawk 070609 fp

Here it is, with a CHIMNEY SWIFT in the frame, too:

red-tailed hawk and chimney swift fp 070609

This TURTLE (I don't know its exact id) in Des Peres creek swam away as we watched:

turtle in Des Peres creek 070609

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I decided that even the weeds in this place are beautiful. See this close-up of a tiny weed for yourself!

tiny "weed" flowers fp 070609

Having people over for dinner; don't know when I will get to posting those photos, but I will inflict them on you you will certainly get to see them, never fear!

The Thunderstorm

This morning, it seemed quite cloudy, but it didn't rain up to nearly 6.30am, so off I went for my walk...and at 7 am, when I was in the middle of Forest Park, and the only shelter was the trees under which one must NOT shelter in a thunderstorm, it broke.

There was an incredible amount of wind; it got up so suddenly. (Of course, there wasn't the kind of dust that is stirred up by such a storm in Bangalore). The scudding clouds massed together, and the rain began..in large drops, and then harder and harder.

Then the hail began. Small pebbles and large ones struck the grass and the path, and I was finding them so amazing that I just stood still for a while as they dropped in their thousands, all around me. I tucked MLC2 into my jacket (which is mainly rainproof), turned my umbrella back outside in (I do take an umbrella with me all the time, that's what saved me from utter drenching)...and walked on.

The lightning was terrific. The dark skies lit up in huge flashes of light, and I wished I had the courage to take the camera out and leave it outside long enough to try and get a shot of the lightning, like this

wonderful shot



(who no longer posts on LJ)

Well, obviously not like that, but at least, capture ONE of those ribbons of electricity...but I didn't want to literally drown the S10, so it remained within my jacket.

The hail stopped, but the thunder and lightning put up their awe-inspiring display while I slowly walked back against the wind and the sleeting, heavy rain, across the sodden grass, under the swaying trees that were shedding their leaves in the gale. My shoes were squelching wet, and my umbrella dripped five cataracts....but I was so caught up in the storm that I did not think about it until later.

As I neared the roads, and came near an intersection, it suddenly occurred to me that perhaps my family had woken up and might be wondering where I was; but I decided that they would not know where to hunt for me; I rarely take the same route each day, on my morning walks.

I walked home, still wrapped up in the storm...and when I opened the front door, A and KM were very concerned, and D had woken KM up to ask if I was still sleeping; they found I was not in the house (usually everyone else wakes up at least an hour and a half after I get back) and he took the car and went hunting for me. Where he went, I don't know, poor guy, where did he think I might be? I think I wasted a LOT of his time. I called him up immediately to tell him I was home safe; KM made piping hot coffee for me, and (once I had changed from my soddenly dripping clothes) A put down her baby, and gave me a nice hug.

Nature's fury still had me in thrall, and it was a while before my mind joined my body inside the calm, dry warmth of the house.

MOTS (Moral Of The Story): I won't go out without the mobile again. When it is needed, it's just not worth giving so much trouble and worry to others.