July 30th, 2010

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A morning in Bannerghatta, on the Kaggalipura Road

Last Saturday, none of the BULBs (or anyone else) was free, so Sangeetha and I decided to go to Bannerghatta.... this part of it:


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Here's my guide and her trusty steed:

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We bumped over the bumpy bits, rode over the smooth, and we just went 5 km from the Bannerghatta Circle (where the Police Station is)... and got such a wide variety of things to see and enjoy!

We started off with these mating

TORTOISESHELL BEETLES:

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Let me close with the image of this

BLISTER BEETLE

(thanks for the correct id, Rajneesh)

(its secretions can make your skin feel as if it's on fire, and raise a blister, so my macro work was very careful!)

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Just a short morning's trip, but so packed with interesting things, that it felt very satisfactory, indeed! Thank you, Sangeetha, for introducing this part of the Bannerghatta Forest to me!
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The Nokia trip to the Shivanahalli Ramakrishna Ashram, 240710

Just when I had decided to take Sunday very easy (always a fatal thing to do!) Chandu called me up with a too-good-to-be-true plan... two busloads of volunteers from Nokia were going to the Ramakrishna Ashram at Shivanahalli, to do some tree-planting (well, sapling planting!) there. And before that, Chinmayi, one of Chandu's friends, wanted a group of volunteers to introduce the group to birdwatching.

Imagine, me talking to people who actually believe I knew something more than they did! The temptation to perpetrate this fraud was too strong, and I agreed.

Here we are:

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Krupakar, Chinmayi, Prasad, who is very active in supporting the Ashram activities, Swamiji, Shreeram, and Abhilash, a youngster I found very keen on both birding and astronomy:


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No flower is quite as beautiful as the white lotus...so totally pure in the midst of stagnant water:

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I must thank Chandu, Chinmayi, and Nokia for a most enjoyable and adventurous morning!