The usual lacy mauve flowers greeted us everywhere:
The weather was cloudy and overcast, and photography was certainly not the first priority for any of us.
here we are, at the beginning of the ramble:
and here's everyone going back, against a backdrop of the monsoon skies:
The greenery was beautiful to the eye:
And the leaves, small flowers and fruits looked so lovely:
The banyan tree under which we pass on our way back is growing steadily into a majestic giant:
Even fallen Gulmohar seed pods had their own geometric beauty:
Some of the trees hid the
and some hid the
to me and Garima, however, the highlight of the outing was a delightful episode of watching a
not just peck, but try to gobble, and not a flower, but a whole fruit! Here's the little greedy-guts:
Here he is, flying from one fruit to the next:
and here's the final scene of gluttony...how on earth will that fruit fit into that tiny beak?!
I was so jet-lagged that it never occurred to me, until Garima asked if I had done so...that I could have video'd the little scene!
We started (and kept seeing throughout our ramble) a very large convention of
...I've seen other congregations, but never such a large number sitting together, perfectly still and quiet....here's one Coppersmith Barbet tree,against the grey sky!
I did get to refresh my memory with the common butterflies, and their caterpillars, too...here's the
CRIMSON ROSE CATERPILLAR:
and a slug making its unhurried way across the path:
YELLOW-TIPS were everywhere, in ones and two's:
showed its spots :)
LEMON PANSY sat for me, quite literally!
I don't know exactly which
WHITE ORANGE-TIP made quite a pretty picture:
as did this
one of the stragglers from the mass migration that happened just a while ago:
made splash of black-and-white:
I took this pic just to ask, can you spot the butterfly?
We even saw some mass feasting happening, when we found a dead worm under a flower being swarmed with ants:
It was as we were on our way home that I got a call and realized KM's gastro-enteritis, and the whole saga of ill-health and hospitalization began..... how a day can turn direction is just amazing!