November 12th, 2014

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The flight home, and the chores after coming back.....

Home to home, the journey took 41 hours. Very tiring; and though I managed to get an empty seat next to myself on both the long journeys (Detroit to Paris, and Paris to Bangalore), there was a lot of turbulence, bad service, terrible food (especially Paris to Bangalore, which is an Air France flight) and noisy co-passengers, so jet lag is still killing me. So I'm alternating the sights I captured with the chores I am doing.

F-15 manourvres, at St Louis airport, 051114

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Checking in:



Over St Louis:

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Also, the minute I come home, I realize how many things have broken down, been disconnected, and so son....I have to rush around setting things right.

Sunset at Detroit airport.

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Detroit Airport.

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A sample list:

I crossed 60 on Oct 23, while I was in the US. This means that my driving licence, an important document, expired. I have to apply for a renewal within 30 days of its expiry, and the Regional Transport Office seems to have increased, not decreased, the paperwork involved. It took me 3 days to complete the paperwork, and I am now hoping that the new driving licence will be delivered properly at home by Registered Post (I do not know what will happen if I am away from home at the time the postman comes.)

Ready to leave American soil:

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Of course, I managed a butterfly outing and a play, too... I suppose I should've slept instead...but didn't want to be only be Ali Baba doing chaalis chores! Both outing and the play

read about it here

were excellent and worth the effort.

Let me close with my favourite image from the flight, of these ice crystals on my window:

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and the ice-mist on the wing as we landed at Paris:


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More pics on my FB album,

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Buttering, Arikere Reserve Forest, Sunday, 091114

Though highly jet-lagged, I decided not to miss the buttering outing, and joined Rohit Girotra and the buttering gang at Adigas; after breakfast, we went to the Reserve Forest. Here are some of the interesting things I captured on camera:

Plain Tiger caterpillars:

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Plain Tiger:

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Common Grass Yellow:

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Blue:

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Lemon Emigrant:

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Common Cerulean


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Blue Tiger:

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Chocolate Pansy on Silver Oak flower:

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Common Pierrot:

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Common Leopard:

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Sunbeam and Spider:

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This regnant Praying Mantis would soon be laying her eggs:

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Here,for comparision is a non-pregnant Mantis:

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Leaf-footed Bug:

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Wingless grasshopper:

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Unknown insect:

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Plant hopper:

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Bug and Praying Mantis:

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Spider with prey:


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Millipedes on fecal material. Droppings, dung, or scat (or call it shit) is a nutrient in Nature, and never wasted!

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And here are the mammals...

In the fastest-growing grass:

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In the nursery area:

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Photographing the Skipper:

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We are all prone to photography:

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On the buttering trail:

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I liked the lovely colours of the "4 o'clock flower", called, in Tamizh,"anthi manthArai" (Mirabilis jalapa)

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Priya pointed out a puffball Mushroom:

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Termite nests, extend to quite a depth below the ground as well as quite a height above it...and the temperature remains regulated throughout, in all seasons. Here, one can see the wall perforations for temperature control:

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I was very tired within a short span of time, and Madhu kindly dropped me back to the bus stop. I came home and fell into a deep sleep, but I enjoyed my morning very much!
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Smiles and tears

Usually, they work well together...
But,sometimes
The mind and the heart
Go their different ways.
The mind calmly accepts
That all is well, and that
Technology can keep me in touch.
But the heart
Pines, and longs, and yearns...
Reason crinkles the eyes in a smile;
Emotion squeezes tears out of them.