Posts Tagged ‘j p nagar’

Morning walk, 080717

July 8, 2017

The morning walk, in cool, cloudy weather, is a great joy.

I start by buying the Deccan Herald (the news is always the same, but I love the Saturday cryptic crossword). I walk under the shade of large trees, watching the vegetable, fruits and flower vendors setting up for the morning.

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Joggers, walkers, and others pass me or fall behind. Several people stand on the grass, contorting themselves into good health.

Barbets and Koels welcome the morning as they clear their throats, prior to singing their familiar songs.The screech of a squirrel as the resident Shikra catches it. A snatch of Venkatesha Suprabhatham from someone who has apparently not heard of earphones.

The White-Hair-or-No-Hair brigade sitting in easy companionship, with steaming cups of darshini coffee, and the morning papers. Youngsters employed in call centers leaving, looking bleary-eyed.

I come home, tear off yesterday’s sheet on my Murugan calendar, and give thanks for the new day that lies ahead. And yes, I have filled in a few words in the crossword!

Home-maker, Doresanipalya Reserve Forest, 120317

March 12, 2017

We saw a White-cheeked Barbet, idle, and free.

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It seemed to suddenly twist itself, right towards the tree.

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I’d wished to see a woodpecker, and as if granting that wish
It pecked to make a nesting-hole, work that it seemed to relish!

Here’s the bird, hard at work, rat-tatting away.

“Go and build your own home!” is what it seemed to say!

Yes, we took its sage advice and homeward went our way,
But the thought of the home-building barbet we carry through the day.

Buttering, Arikere Reserve Forest, Sunday, 091114

November 12, 2014

Though highly jet-lagged, I decided not to miss the buttering outing, and joined Rohit Girotra and the buttering gang at Adigas; after breakfast, we went to the Reserve Forest. Here are some of the interesting things I captured on camera:

Plain Tiger caterpillars:

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Plain Tiger:

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Common Grass Yellow:

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Blue:

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Lemon Emigrant:

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Common Cerulean

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Blue Tiger:

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Chocolate Pansy on Silver Oak flower:

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Common Pierrot:

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Common Leopard:

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Sunbeam and Spider:

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This regnant Praying Mantis would soon be laying her eggs:

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Here,for comparision is a non-pregnant Mantis:

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Leaf-footed Bug:

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Wingless grasshopper:

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Unknown insect:

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Plant hopper:

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Bug and Praying Mantis:

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Spider with prey:

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Millipedes on fecal material. Droppings, dung, or scat (or call it shit) is a nutrient in Nature, and never wasted!

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And here are the mammals…

In the fastest-growing grass:

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In the nursery area:

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Photographing the Skipper:

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We are all prone to photography:

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On the buttering trail:

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I liked the lovely colours of the “4 o’clock flower”, called, in Tamizh,”anthi manthArai” (Mirabilis jalapa)

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Priya pointed out a puffball Mushroom:

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Termite nests, extend to quite a depth below the ground as well as quite a height above it…and the temperature remains regulated throughout, in all seasons. Here, one can see the wall perforations for temperature control:

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I was very tired within a short span of time, and Madhu kindly dropped me back to the bus stop. I came home and fell into a deep sleep, but I enjoyed my morning very much!

When summer blooms…

May 9, 2014

The

GULMOHAR

is in full bloom in the heat of summer…to me, the red blooms symbolize Grishma Ritu.

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A tree from Madagascar, which has made itself part of the Indian landscape.

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An incredible fact is that in the wild, this tree is endangered!But it seems to have been introduced all over the world:

“Delonix regia is endemic to the western forests of Madagascar, but has been introduced into tropical and sub-tropical regions worldwide. In the continental United States, it grows in South Florida, Southwest Florida, the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas, ranging from the low deserts of Southern Arizona (to as high as Tucson), and Southern California. It also grows in the Dominican Republic, Cuba, Haiti, Hawaii, Mexico (especially in the Yucatan peninsula), Nicaragua, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, where it is the official tree of the islands. It is much loved in the Caribbean; many Dominican & Puerto Rican paintings feature Flamboyant Trees. It can also be found in The Bahamas. The Poinciana is the national flower of St. Kitts and Nevis. The island of Mauritius has widespread distribution of the Royal Poinciana where it announces the coming of the new year. The Royal Poinciana is regarded as naturalised in many of the locations where it is grown. It is a popular street tree in the suburbs of Brisbane, Australia. The tree is also found in India and Pakistan, where it is referred to as the Gulmohar, or Gul Mohr. In West Bengal (India) and Bangladesh it is called Krishnachura.”

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I remember an avenue on the Maidan in Kolkata being called Red Road because it was an avenue of Gulmohar trees, and approaching aircraft during the British Raj, which used the road as a runway during WW2, seeing a carpet of red…which you can see in my photograph, too!

And here are the other colours of summer flowers on our roads:

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The magic circle

January 4, 2013

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It’s not only the fence
That divides them from the rest of humanity.
The magic circle of intimacy
And the little time there is to spare
Keep out the world.
The consciousness only of each other,
The rapt silence, the whispered words..
This…is romantic love.
A wonderful thing…
While it lasts.

Mating and metamorphosis

October 20, 2012

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With two million legs
Love can be complicated.
But one million legs
Travel over the ground
To find the other million…
Together, the millipedes curl up
In a paisley of love.
They blend into each other’s curves
In that conch-shape embrace:
Watching them, I wonder…
Perhaps some of those legs are arms
That hold each other close?

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Surely the most mysterious
Transformation of all…
When a worm turns into a shining case
From which emerges, wondrously,
A delicate creature of colour, and air.
Here’s the metallic sheen
Of a pupa, in which
The body, head and wings
Are developing.
Given the beauty of the pupa,
Isn’t it ironic
That what will emerge from it
Is going to be a butterfly
That’s called the Common Crow?

About two, six, eight, and a thousand legs….

August 1, 2012

I’d posted about

Weaver Ants

but here are some more interesting creatures from that morning at Arikere Reserve Forest….

There’s an old riddle, “Have you seen a house fly?”…and the answer is, “They don’t…” But here’s one:

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Can you imagine, such prismatic colour, sitting on a heap of what I will politely call fecal matter?

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Here’s a

CRAB SPIDER

looking away from me,

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and at me!

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This is web of

SOCIAL SPIDERS

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see the wasp caught in the web.

This one’s a

KATYDID

(and don’t ask me what Katy did…I don’t know!)

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Here’s a

LYNX SPIDER

female, with her egg case:

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and the male:

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You can see a female

BARON:

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a male

BARONET:

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and an

EMIGRANT

(on its way to the US, perhaps?)

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If you thought (like I do) that those names make no sense, here’s a name that does…the

COMMON REDEYE:

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Here’s how to photograph it:

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This one’s a

PLANT HOPPER

belonging to the family Fuligoridae:

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This is the

COMMON OAKBLUE:

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(the open wing shows a bright electric blue)

A

CHOCOLATE PANSY

sits, well camouflaged, in the leaf clutter:

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This is the cat ( Which is what butterflyers call a caterpillar) of the

COMMON BRANDED AWL:

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You want the size reference?

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We asked

Karthik

what this was, mimicking a tiny scorpion….he said it WAS a tiny

SCORPION:

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We did look at beings with merely two legs, too, and amongst the human beings and the dogs I saw this

SHIKRA:

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Three more bipeds whose knowledge of butterflies and moths I esteem very highly:

Karthik, Krushnamegh Kunte, and Rohit Girotra:

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An

ANT

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But there are, literally, millions of legs in this photo, because

MILLIPEDE

means, a thousand-legged one!

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Monster, but not from outer space…

July 24, 2012

I always knew that snails retreated within their shells, and then slowly came out again…but I had never really thought about “how” until I saw this African snail on Saturday, and decided to video it close up….

I must say, it’s incredible to think of eyes (yes, those are the eyes that ‘grow’ out first, the other two are feelers) withdrawing into one’s body and then extending out again….

It does like an alien monster, doesn’t it!

The minute you step into the world of Life Under Foot, everything becomes unrecognizable….

Past, present, and future….

May 3, 2011

Here’s a nice image of the past and the present, juxtaposed…

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This was right next to Ranga Shankara, where I had gone to watch the end-of-workshop presentation that the children were doing for their parents and others. The mural is of a Yakshagana artiste, with his colourful headgear…. a popular art form in the past. The present is the increased pace of life, represented by the automobile. This car is the Maruti Alto. The Maruti car company truly brought car ownership to the masses in India.

And what happens when the past, and the present, inevitably, melt into the future? Here’s what will take one to the hereafter:

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We love to euphemise, so this is termed (on the back of the vehicle) a “Vaikunta Yatra Vehicle” (Vehicle to travel to heaven)! On the side, though, in Kannada, is written, “uchita shava sAgisuva vAhanA” (free vehicle to transport a corpse)! That seems very matter-of-fact….

That was a slice of life in J P Nagar…all the tenses, co-existing peacefully, within the space of a few yards!

Web of Light….

January 20, 2011

When I go for my morning walk around the Mini Forest, it’s often dark, and so it’s easy to see the magic of the cobwebs that the spiders spin, to catch the insects that are drawn to the light….

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That’s the way the web starts…on some lamps, the creation is quite impressive:

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In the dark, the filaments of the web seem to be made of light themselves….a light-trap, to catch the unwary, that the predators build of gossamer….just look at the strength of the web, that can trap so much debris and hold it up without breaking!

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