Friday, December 10, 2004

Fly Wipers

Another fly shot on the same day at Lalbagh. This guy was using his legs to as wipers to clean his eye (the water droplets?). Superb design on the eye.
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Fly Again

Same Fly, Same Place, Same Leaf!
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But fly!

Shot in Lalbagh, this fly gave me enough time to go around and shoot it from the back side. The abdomen is golden in color and it shows! It was on a slightly drizzling morning as the drop of water shows.
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Tree in brackets!

This was the mother lode and I have never seen a tree so fully covered with mushrooms before! Again at B.R. Hills!
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Orange Bracket

One more beautiful bracket fungi from B.R. Hills. This one was totally orange, but strangely the others in the bunch were faded buff!
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Bracket Fungi - Brown

After a long time of absence and getting thoroughly stuck in work - here goes. A beautiful bracket fungi bunch shot in B.R.Hills.
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Tuesday, June 08, 2004

Blue Porter Weed - 2

A closer crop of the Blue Porter Weed.

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Blue Porter Weed - 1

This picture shows a full view of the Blue Porter Weed found commonly in our scrub forests. Though a weed in other countries, it's a native to India and grows naturally here. This is getting slowly replaced by other invasive true weeds like Eupatorium and Parthenium.

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The Bougainvillea

The Bougainvillea is well known to all of us. This is an early morning shot taken in Cubbon Park.

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Jewel in the Thorn

The cactus I could not identify and would be grateful if someone can ID this for me. This is a very common type that comes to flower in the summer and has long stamens. This is a bud and the fruit is very tasty, when the thorns are removed. The green of the cactus provides an ideal contrast for the brightly colored flower. A 'Jewel in the thorn' indeed.

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The Purple Wreath

The Purple Wreath is a very attractive garden plant, found usually on the arch of a gate. The flowers are arranged in a foot long raceme. The flowers last only a couple of days, but the lighter colored calices remain much longer - turning gray before they fall. The calice can be twirled in air to get a helicopter rotor kind of an effect.

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Thursday, May 27, 2004

The Bintangor

The Bintangor's scientific name means calophyllum = calo is beautiful, phyllum is leaves; inophyllum = ino is fiber and phyllum is leaves. In other words this plant is named for its beautiful, fibrous leaves. Native to India, it is indigenous to Southeast Asia, especially prevalent in Polynesia. It's called as Kamani Tree in Hawaii. It has some interesting medical stories attached to it too.

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The Rain Tree

This is a picture of the very impressive flower of the large Rain Tree. Rain Tree is a native of the Yucatan Peninsula in South America. Also called as the Monkeypod, the sweet tasting fruits are used as food source and the pulp made into a lemonade like beverage. A 15 year tree is supposed to yield about 200 kg of pods in a year! The fruit pods in India are crushed to make a ball to play Cricket! The rain tree is so called due to the way the leaves are shed during the deciduous phase, where the leaflets literally rain down from the tree. A full grown tree is one of the most impressive sights to behold!

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Monday, May 24, 2004

The Colored Sterculia - 3

One more of the orange velvet!
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The Colored Sterculia - 2

Another snap of the beautiful Colored Sterculia.
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Sunday, May 23, 2004

The Colored Sterculia - 1

Shot early in the morning at MNK Rao Park in Basavanagudi. The beautiful Colored Sterculia Firmiana colorata is a very rare tree and has amazing velvety flowers. Shot using a Canon 80-200 EF.
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