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3rd Sunday bngbirds outing, from Ramakrishna Ashram, Shivanahalli, into Bannerghatta Forest : 171010
Today's outing was both more interesting, and longer-lasting, than I had anticipated. I've been to the Ramakrishna Ashram several times, and we've always just walked a little past the campus and come back. So today I was very surprised to be able to go for quite a longish trek up hill and down dale!

Here are a few of us, in the morning, with the Swamiji of the Ashram:

with swamiji shivanahalli 171010

Here we are, setting off in orderly way, in single file!

single file 171010

It was nice to be able to meet kaadupapa after a very long time. I didn't know he'd come back to Bangalore and for the first few minutes was thinkng if it WAS him or someone who looked like him! It was great to be with him and Ulhas, and their group, because they look at all creatures, great and small, AND trees and plants, as well. I am indebted to them for showing me the


but apart from that, we sighted many birds, including several


small minivet 171010

(Ulhas will be putting up the birds,butteflies,mammals and others list, I'm afraid I was lazy about it today!)

Small things that we saw included this pupal case of a dragonfly:

pupal case of dragonfly 171010

Several more of those "float-down-on-a-single-thread-of-silk" moth caterpillars, that I had seen near the Zoo area:


This gorgeous and un id nymph of a bug on a outcrop:

un id bug 171010



was enjoying breakfast:

lynx spider with prey 171010

So was a dragonfly, a


dragonfly with prey 171010

There were a few brilliantly coloured bugs in the rock pools:

unid bug in rock pool 171010

Here's Siddappa, our guide, who remained fresh as the proverbial daisy at the end of the outing!

siddappa our guide 171010

Harsha told me that the


is the tallest infloresence:

agave tallest 171010

I got this young woman beginning the "kOlam" for the Dashami festival:

making the kOlam 171010

Climbing up the rock was not easy in the hot sun, but we were rewarded with the beauty of the rock pools once we'd climbed up:

rock pool 171010

And...here's a 360 degree view from the top of the sheet rock near the Shivanahalli ashram (I think this is Ragihalli Betta)

What natural beauty I have, half an hour from my home!

And of course, from the top we could see some larger creatures....here's a


tusker 171010

which we were trying to photograph:

photographing elephants

Quite tired, but very satisfied with all that we'd seen, we came back to the Ashram to have "uppittu", with chutney, and coffee:

uppittu, chatni,coffee 171010

The Ashram people are always so hospitable!

Let me close with this


which posed for us:

danaid eggfly 171010

A wonderful outing, though it took far longer than I'd planned on!

For more pictures,

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Off to Kabini very early tomorrow...back on Wednesday, with more memories, hopefully!

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I think you reserved the best for the last.
The butterfly was just beautiful!


Re: Ramakrishnashram

Thank you...but actually the best was the first... the best for me was the insectivorous plant that I devoted a separate post to!

You take so many nature type walks/outings. That is so lovely...I think you have a fascination for the insects.

Yes, most weekends I go out into the forest. And it's just that the insects are easier to photograph, and don't flit away in a second, like the birds do!

Injia and India ..Today and Yesterday

SwamiJI surrounded by 'infidels'
in Nike, Adidas, Canon, Nikon, SwissGear..
and the visit ssems to be more for 'fast food'
than a dose of spirituality!

Pictures says it all

Re: Injia and India ..Today and Yesterday

And why would those brands be bad? Each of us contributes to the Ashram when we go there, and we often take the children birding. Yesterday I gave a bird-book, too, for the children.

Between the first pic and the pic of the food, there was a gap of about five hours!

Sorry you're so negative about this!

We don't go to the Ashram as spiritual seekers, except in the sense that walking in the forest IS a kind of spirituality for me. Swamiji, too, is a very inclusive person and deals with each of us as he finds us. That is, I think, the sign of a great soul.

Re: Injia and India ..Today and Yesterday

Hi Deepa,

You really must have had a blast yesterday, which I missed due to Dassera finale and mandatory visit to my parents.

Hope to join you next time.

Enjoyed your posting.


Narayana Sharma

Re: Injia and India ..Today and Yesterday

Oh, we'll meet next time!

Re: Injia and India ..Today and Yesterday

I think Mr. Anonymous here just missed the forest for a tree. It might have been an attempt at sardonic/sarcastic wit (the single-quotes around 'infidels' suggests an attempt in the lighter vein), but the wit/humor part seems to have gotten lost.
Great pics. Looking forward to catching up with you on Wednesday.

Re: Injia and India ..Today and Yesterday

Everyone has a point of view :)

It's already Wednesday, and I've just got back...after a truly amazing trip...

Nice pics - I missed that insectivorous plant! Was great fun overall and the biwi forgave me! :-) Thanks much - would love to do this again!

Yes, somehow our two groups got separated....but being with Harsha and Ulhas and Jayaram was tremendous! Sorry to have made you wait, and delayed you so much.... :( I'm glad A let you in!

wonderful pics and description

very nice pics. Thanks for posting them. I am experiencing the Sunday walks thru the various links on bngbirds until we get an opportunity to join in! We live in Whitefield, which makes it hard to get to places without a car on early mornings..

loved the elephant pictures..

Re: wonderful pics and description

Do what Geetanjali has been doing...explore the areas around your home, and encourage the group to come there for birding once in a while!


Lovely photos. I agree the first one of minivet is what i liked the best. Hoping to join you all one of the third sunday outings.


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