Posts Tagged ‘colour’

Banjaran, and name-bracelets, India Gate, Delhi, 260314

March 27, 2014

First my daughter had two Banjara girls, whom she asked to thread together various name beads for all of KTB’s friends at Urban Sprouts, the daycare back home:

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The threads they used were so colourful:

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As were the ornaments on the girls’ hands:

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The beads cost Rs.2 each, and though the girls were illiterate, they asked for our help in stringing them together the right way:

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You can see “ABIGAIL” being spelt out here:

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While they did their work, corn-on-the-cob was shared:

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Soon, word seemed to spread that here was a person who would pay well, and she seemed to be running an ethnic cottage industry on the lawns of India Gate!

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My daughter finally had to walk away with others pestering her, but she was happy that she’d given them employment, at least for a while.

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These Banjarans were so colourful…I wish their lives were as colourful, too!

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The Blue Jays

September 24, 2013

I was walking to meet Eliot Miller and his girlfriend, Sarah, both of whom are postdocs in bird science; Eliot is studing at UMSSL, and called me over to go birding with them.

I suddenly heard a lot of disturbance in a tree nearby, and stopped to investigate. Here’s what I saw:

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Two

BLUE JAYS

were having a major altercation in the tree; I never did find out why! Though Blue Jays are bright blue, they managed to still camouflage themselves well in the tree:

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As they moved around, scolding, I managed to get a few more shots:

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Round and round they went, hopping, yelling at each other (there seemed to be no other intruder.)

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Thanks to the West Nile virus, Jay populations have been decimated, and I don’t find these beautiful birds as often as I used to:

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I enjoyed my interlude with the Jays as I went onwards to look at more birds, in the company of Eliot and Sarah.

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The Wood Duck

September 16, 2013

I made post of the beautiful

WOOD DUCK

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The Wood Duck is a perching duck that is quite common in North America.

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The adult male has distinctive multicoloured iridescent plumage and red eyes,with a distinctive white flare down the neck. The female, less colourful, has a white eye-ring and a whitish throat. Both adults have crested heads.

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The Wood Duck is slightly smaller than the Mallard.

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Their breeding habitat is wooded swamps, shallow lakes, marshes or ponds, and creeks in eastern North America, the west coast of the United States and western Mexico. They usually nest in cavities in trees close to water, although they will take advantage of nesting boxes in wetland locations if available.

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One unusual feature about Wood Ducks is that unlike most other ducks, the Wood Duck has sharp claws for perching in trees.

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These birds feed by dabbling or walking on land. They mainly eat berries, acorns, and seeds, but also insects, making them omnivores.

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The case of the Wood Duck is a triumph of conservation. The population of the Wood Duck was in serious decline in the late 19th century as a result of severe habitat loss and market hunting both for meat and plumage for the ladies’ hat market in Europe. By the beginning of the 20th century Wood Ducks had virtually disappeared from much of their former range. In response to the Migratory Bird Treaty established in 1916 and enactment of the Federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918, wood duck populations began to recover slowly.

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By ending unregulated hunting and taking measures to protect remaining habitat, wood duck populations began to rebound in the 1920s. The development of the artificial nesting box in the 1930s gave an additional boost to Wood Duck conservation..

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Male Wood Duck, 140913, Boat House, Forest Park, St.Louis

September 15, 2013

Boat House, Forest Park, 140913

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The colours of the boat house, reflected in the water, set off the colours of this incredibly colourful bird.

Ruby-throated Hummingbird: Lewis and Clark Historical Center, Hartford, Illinois, and Alton, 270713

July 28, 2013

Ruth was kind enough to take me to the Lewis and Clark Historical Center, Hartford, Illinois, venue of the Hummingbird Festival. We were going to watch the

RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRDS

being caught, banded and released…

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Missouri has only one Hummer the Ruby-throated Hummingbird. Click on the bird’s name, above, to go to the Wiki entry about this tiny bird.

We went to the Historical Center:

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Ruth going towards the registration desk:

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Everyone gathers. The banding is done by

Vernon Kleen

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Here are the feeder-cages in which the Hummers are caught:

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The Hummingbirds enter the open cage for the food, and the door falls shut.

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One Hummer (the first one I saw was a female, the second, a male) is being taken out of the trap:

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Banding video 1

Here’s a female Hummer, in safe hands:

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You can see her tongue outside her beak:

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Here are the bands that will be slipped on to the Hummingbirds’ feet:

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Here are bands that have not yet been made into rings:

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they are, apparently, made of aluminium.

Other equipment is being unpacked:

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This pink bag contains a Hummer!

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I loved the tee that the “bander” was wearing:

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The Hummer is held delicately, yet firmly, as the banding is done:

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You can see the green and the red here:

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The bird is also measured:

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I couldn’t get the whole process very clearly as it was all done between the dexterous fingers:

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But how delicately and expertly it is done!

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This one is now all done…

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What a beauty the male Hummingbird is; it’s so clear to see why it’s called Ruby-throated!

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The Hummingbird is brought to be released:

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The tiny bird lay inert for a while on the palm, rather mesmerized and not knowing that it was now free to go…and then..off it went!

We went off to see the historical site, thinking that we were done with the Hummers, and then went to Alton, to attend the Towboat Festival. But here, at a feeder in front of a beautiful little home, several female Hummers delighted me, once again, zipping through the nearby trees, and then coming to the feeder:

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There was even a Hummingbird lantern in the garden:

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We saw a lot of other birds, watched towboats and wooden boats, saw a bit of how America was in the past, but the Hummingbirds crowned our day. Such tiny, zipping scraps of utter beauty and delight!

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Update…I got this email today:

On Sun, Jul 28, 2013 at 8:07 PM, Jack or Ginger McCall wrote:
Deepa,
The hummingbird bander at the Festival in Hartford IL yesterday was Vernon Kleen, email address: vkleen@comcast.net . He is from Springfield and has been banding birds for years.He is a retired biologist with the Illinois Dept of Natural Resources. The person that did the most work for setting up the festival was Irma Holmes, email address meows@madisontelco.com
She is with the Great Rivers Chapter of the Illinois Audubon Society (IAS). The IAS promotes festivals all around the state during late July and into August. Aren’t they wonderful events?

Sincerely,
Ginger McCall, President, Great Rivers Chapter IAS

Colours, and KTB

July 16, 2013

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Me: “What’s the colour of the spinach?”

KTB: “Gween!”

Me: “What’s the colour of the curd rice?”

KTB: “White!

Me: “What’s the colour of the cherries?”

KTB: “Wed!”

Me: “What’s the colour of your dress?” (wondering what she’d say…)

KTB: “Beautiful!”

Children will always say something original!

Well, she certainly had a lip-smacking dinner, as you can see…

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Names that go together…

July 3, 2013

Some names from the past that just go together…Hall and Stevens (geometry), Wren and Martin (English grammar), Swan and Edgar (shopping in London), Lakshmikant and Pyarelal, Shankar and Jaikishen (Hindi film music) Viswanathan and Ramamurthy (Tamizh film music), Simon and Garfunkel (pop music)….

I read a P G Wodehouse piece where he said that in an attempt to make the most unlikely people the murderers in a mystery book, the author would say the murder was committed by two people who appeared on the first page…Hodder and Stoughton! :)))) Inspired by a friend’s post. Thank you, Vandana Murthy!

For no particular reason, I am posting this picture of bright colours, and this one of black and white, together…just for the contrast!

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Random sighting on a footpath, St.Louis, 010713.

Unexpected colour…

June 2, 2013

Milk…is white…and the job of feeding it to a baby every day (and the other care associated with it) can be bland and boring.

But when you least expect it, like a baby’s toothless smile, or the sight of two fat legs kicking when I am changing the nappies….colour hits me.

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I was washing up, and the film of soap looked so wonderful….I ran for the camera (which is generally on the counter top!) and as I’d hoped, the film had not yet broken..

A moment of delight! Happiness is made of tiny moment such as these…

Snow and colour…

March 25, 2013

Snow is supposed to be white;
But many colours seen to hide in it.
The snow catches the band of the prism:
Indeed, it can even widen it.

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It’s a lesson to me not to assume
That’s anyone’s life is a bland white.
They may just be balancing, wisely,
All the colours of the light.

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I opened the door to Spring.
But it was Winter that I let in.
I wanted the green and the flowers.
But it was all white in a few hours….

For other images of snow in colour,

click here

And for snow in black and white,
click here

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Colours of life..and love…

February 26, 2013

Here are the colours of a young life, that I snapped….

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And that reminded of this beautiful song…

Here’s a friend of mine, singing it with her group:

(She’s the one on the extreme left)

I do love colour!