Saturday, July 25, 2015

BIRDS AND THEIR WAYS



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 A couple of days back, I happened  to wake up  early about 6 o' clock  in the morning. I opened the door and was greeted by  some crisp chirping. Stepping ahead, I sighted a few birds flying around. Looks like birds are early risers. I's drawn to the freshness of the ambiance and stood by the balcony railing. Luckily this pair settled on this branch and guess, what did they do?
They started their morning cleaning process so earnestly that it was  amusing to see how rigorously they pecked their bodies from all sides. Their beak reached the farthest spot under the tail and above it. They fluffed their feathers shaking them as not to leave even a speck of dust. Their tiny bodies displayed enviable pliability. All yogic 'asanas' got performed in the process. They seemed so concentrated on the job that nothing mattered to them. And that is how, I's able to click their private  moments comprising early morning ablutions.



 After the ritual, they looked thoroughly refreshed and enjoyed the cooling period after the strenuous activity.


 On another day mild sunshine energized these birds and they had a jolly good time and flew around in a hyperactive speed.

 These two and three above it, are the birds with a tuft of hair on their heads and are hyper agile.

 This one has a funny tail as if parted from the middle. At the moment it is relaxing after 'its pecking the body clean' job.






The cuckoo at mid morning, perhaps aiming her next move at something on the ground.



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Thursday, July 23, 2015

SKY WATCH AND GOOD FENCES



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Most of the units in our complex are built in such a way that every unit has a  small gate for entry to the flat. And all are different in design. This gate is the entry to the largest cottage in the community.


While driving on the Panchkula- Shimla Highway, I Captured the scene with the express desire of viewing the sky meeting the earth in a warm embrace!

Here, I'm on the scenic Himalayan Expressway. It bypasses the crowded Pinjore and Kalka. It is a sheer pleasure to drive on this as  you feel the presence of the cool mountain air and the joy of gorgeous views.

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

THURSDAY CHALLENGE: VINTAGE ROMANCE


THIS WEEK'S CHALLENGE IS:

"OLD" (Vintage, Antique, Rusty, Secondhand, Long ago, Aging, Senior,...)

 MANY MOONS ago, the print below,  lying  in a shop at Patiala, fascinated me. I'm a Jane Austen's fan and the image somehow, evoked that golden period of classic romance in my mind. After buying it, I got it framed and it is hanging here in our living room ever since. For today's theme, after a lot of mind mapping, my choice finally rested on this.








The painting  seems to suggest the romantic setting of a bygone era, whence a tall, handsome, debonair young man  on horseback is courting a lovely, lissome maiden. They meet ostensibly by chance in the pure and subdued wooded ambiance, on a morning outing. 
Surely a whiff and a vision of Jane Austen’s dreamy interludes. How pretty and delicately charming the ladies look in their  stunning, lacy long dresses and  curls partly covered by their headgear. The two curious dogs complete the amorous setting.
I am reminded of Frank Sinatra’s passionate song about lovers 'meeting by chance but not really by chance,' something like that. If any of my friends help me with the actual lyrics of that song. Thanks!

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

OF BIRDS, BLOOMS AND MORE





 'B' IS FOR BIRDS AND BLOOMS

lovely colorful bird. image Google

 The dark brown bird in the lawn of our house at Patiala.


 These white flowers are perennial and bloom twice a year!

White, yellow (above) and purple (below) flowers at Patiala.



Though there was a lot of neglect by the gardener (in our absence),there were some flowers which saved the day.

The Panckula-Shimla Highway.The looming thick clouds captured from the car while driving back to (Hills) Kumarhatti




On either side of the Highway, behind the trees is located the modern city of Panchkula (Haryana)
                  
The weather at Patiala too was mostly cloudy but uncomfortably humid! So we dashed back to the hills.

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Sunday, July 19, 2015

CRITTERS AFTER THE RAIN


Pigeon   holed!!!


The threesome is all agog with the bounty of tiny grubs, which mostly appear after the rains.



 Seem to be wondering, how to start!


  This loner is silently enjoying the rain cooled surroundings!


I'm back at my home at Patiala, for a short visit. Hence this belated posting. I took these pictures around our the area.

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Thursday, July 16, 2015

SKY WATCH AND GOOD FENCES


 Part of my hill series:



This is the driveway of the complex, where we are putting up for summer months. I wanted to get a larger view to share it with you and have succeeded in showing 3/4 of it. The  gate is at the farthest end (not visible here)and a gatekeeper manages the entry and looks after the security issues in the absence of residents.There are about 35 units in our community.





 My previous sky watch clicks were either taken from our balcony or from the lawn or from the road. I felt like experimenting how the sky will look if I capture it from in between the trees from the driveway. Here is what i achieved.

 Location: Kumarhatti-Nahan Road,3km from Kumarhatti bazar (Himachal Pradesh)


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THURSDAY CHALLENGE


 This week's challenge is:

 "FAVORITE" (Thing, Photo, Person, Pet,...)


 Shivalik Hills, Himachal Pradesh:



Nahan Road Kumarhatti flanked by lanky pines on both sides.



Mist covered hills in the  morning. This'll be a common sight during monsoons!


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