It was just four of us: Padma, Ramaswamy, Srini and I... who decided to go to
on a misty monsoon morning.
Sign in Kannada for our destination:
The mist in the trees...
Which slowly cleared up:
Our activities attracted a lot of attention!
We did see a lot of birds...here are some.
This Ashy Prinia presented a cartoony view.
Green Bee-eater with dragonfly catch
The butterflies were out in force, too!
Dark Blue Tiger
Plain Tiger caterpillar
Pointed Ciliate Blue
Dark Grass Blue
Here's Srini, delighted with the way a butterfly trustingly climbed on to his finger (if one wipes one's perspiration off, they are attracted to the minerals in the fluid)
That was the Pointed Ciliate Blue again.
Some of the insects we saw included this White-tailed Damselfly
and this beautiful Copper Beetle (at least, that's what I named it!)
Wildflowers were varied and plentiful.
Here's a lovely Balloon Vine:
Gossypium sp (Mallow)
Waterlilies in a pond
Even seed pods can look stunning
Dabbaguli was one of the places we stopped at
And just outside the town, we spotted a bonus...the Jungle Nightjar!
Padma brought her tasty cutlets, and we feasted on them
Later we also had some local breakfast.
We stopped near two old temples, the Shaivite sAvaNdi veerabhadraswAmy and bhadrakAlamma temple
and the Vaishnavite Lakshmi Narasimha temple
Here's narasimhA, the man-lion avatAr of Vishnu, with His consort Lakshmi, who is his laptop...
The deities were being taken out in procession, which was a nice bonus.
This life-like dog in a vendor's stall nearly had me fooled.
Part of this temple seemed lost in dreams of another time....
Some rather risky rock-climbing was going on.
The scenery was stunning:
It was on the rocky outcrop in the centre that we spotted three Egyptian vultures.
We returned home, well pleased with our morning, stopping to say "bye" to this Oriental Garden Lizard which also seemed to be having a swinging time.
Looking forward to the next weekend outing...!