August 13th, 2014


House Sparrows having a mud-bath, Forest Park, 110814...and others

Sparrows mud bathing:

Here's my video of two of these perky creatures, one of whom is not happy with what she sees in the rear-view mirror. This was from Ragihalli, 160110.

One of them having baths in water, from JLR, Kabini, 210710:

Finally, a video of them having a grass bath, replete with one Lousy Jokku from me ("Rice Baath" is the name of a Karnataka dish) , also from the same visit to Kabini:


Nature at a bus stop, St.Louis, 120814

Here's the patch of "weeds" at the bus stop where we wait, to send KTB off to school, and get her back again in the evening.


You wouldn't think that would be full of interest, would you? But you'd be wrong!

First off, the grass with its seeds looked so lovely:


I saw these beautifully-forming seed-pods:


Another plant gave me the gift of these burrs, to disperse its seeds far and wide:


Then I realized that there was a flowering Convolvulus vine, too, so I went near one flower to photograph a bee.


I then realized that the flower had another occupant, apart from the bee..
There was a spider sitting there, as well!


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The bees took their turn with the pollen:


I spent two hours at that bus-stop, and never got bored for a single minute! I had my fill of Nature and wildlife, just sitting in an empty lot and waiting for a bus!