"But(t)....wha...?!" Looking at this 'goggle-eyed' beauty this could be the most likely response! I've never photographed a butterfly from this angle. And watching it as it criss-crossed the length and breadth of the Ixora blooms, was a sheer delight. To get this shot, I gently brought the branch towards me all the time praying it wouldn't notice the slight change in location. If it did, it showed no signs of being disturbed but went about its business of feeding.
I clicked several times then left it alone. It was far too busy to acknowledge me anyway:) Wish other butter- flies would follow suit!
A few days ago, as I was weeding, I noticed a bee on a bamboo stake. Initially, I didn't pay much attention as it looked like a common carpenter bee and they usually make a beeline for dead bamboo. I see them all the time.
But when it turned towards me...oh my, this wasn't the usual one! It had blue eyes and a bit of yellow in front and was bigger than the regular carpenter bees in my yard. Well, weeding was forgotten!!
This year I've seen many kinds of bees but I haven't googled bees as yet. The tons of dragonflies and butterflies are keeping me very busy indeed!
The flowering trees of summer are a beautiful sight. Our landscape is ablaze with the glorious reds, pinks, and the yellows. And talking about the last colour, the fragrant blooms of the Indian Laburnum truly stand out.
On roadsides and parks, on hills dotting our city, there's this shimmer of gold that catches your eye, holds your attention. And in the searing heat of summer, the sight does not fail to lift our spirits. Locally known as "Sonaru" which means golden. This tree is also called the Golden Shower tree. The botanical name is Cassia fistula. In Hindi, it is Amaltas.
Words from Joyce Kilmer's poem come to mind...
I think that I shall never see A poem lovely as a tree...
The must-see site of Indian flowers http://www.flowersofindia.net has more on this. Another site for native plants that I can't do without is-- http://www.indianetzone.com/ where all the details are given.
I hope you enjoy going through these pictures of clusters of gold. I know I've gone a little overboard. But every time I pass by one of these beautiful trees, I stop and click away. I've taken so many that it was hard to select from my long list!
P.S. My internet connection went for a six on Friday which is why I haven't been able to respond to comments here nor comment on your blogs. But I promise I'll be there soon. Have a great week!
All across the city streets, along with the other glorious colours of summer, are these showy lavender blooms of the Queen's Crape Myrtle. Native to South-east Asia its bota- nical name is Lagerstroemia speciosa. Belonging to the same family as Crape Myrtles/L. indica, the flowers are crinkled and showy.
Queen's Crape Myrtle is also known as Pride of India. Not knowing much about this tree I found out some facts online. It is a fast-growing tree and can reach a height 40-60ft and also spread to 30-40ft. The blooming period is from April to July.
In autumn the leaves turn to a coppery shade and then shed during winter. Its timber is valuable because of its durability. Since it can withstand the effects of sea-water and rough winds, it is made into wharf posts, boats, and casks. It is also used for making panels on walls as well as furniture.
Although I've seen pink blooms on the Internet, all the trees on our streets have lavender blooms. A beautiful sight to behold!
I've never had it so good this year! Spoilt for choice, really! It's bugs galore! This tiny dragonfly went through the entire A-Z Gamut-of-Wings as I clicked away!
And this red/black bug literally screamed at me for this shot!
The first is always special. It's been raining off and on, and this is the first rain lily to bloom.
The combination of rain and wind is a little harsh on petals as delicate as these. But the bugs? Oh, they don't seem to mind at all!
And sometimes, in little puddles created by a sudden rain, one might find a lifeless butterfly floating. But even the dead have company! I saw the fly/bee after the photo was loaded on the computer.
It took me almost a week for this Splendour-in-Rust to get used to my presence. I'm no spring chicken, and to be dragged from leaf to leaf/ sprig to sprig, is no mean feat! (But once there was a time when I was nimble!!!)
But it's all worth-while! Just look at her(?) now!
The Globe Skimmer lands here when I'm clicking away at the Common Picture Wing (below). Recently I'd posted a photo of the male Common Picture Wing. This one is a female--there's more black on its wings.
A tiny blue dragonfly.
This red one was the most elusive.
Perched on a sunflower stalk, this one looks like it's gulping down the last morsel of grub!
Pink Ixora ready to burst.
It's not rare to find dragonflis either hurt or near-dead around this time. This beautifully-hued one could barely fly.
This is only the start of the parade. There are so many other varieties/hues to come and I'm very much looking forward to shooting them for posterity. Who knows what tomorrow will bring....!
Glory be to God for dappled things- For skies of couple-colour as a brinded cow; For rose-moles all in stipple upon trout that swim; Fresh-firecoal chestnut-falls; finches' wings; Landscape plotted and pieced--fold, fallow, and plough; And all trades, their gear and tackle and trim. All things counter, original, spare, strange; Whatever is fickle, freckled (who knows how?) With swift, slow; sweet, sour; adazzle, dim; He fathers-forth whose beauty is past change: Praise him. Gerard Manley Hopkins
The first flowering shrub I planted on our land
Every flower is a soul blooming in Nature.-Gerard De Nerval
Shall I not have intelligence with the earth? Am I not partly leaves and vegetable mould myself? -Henry David Thoreau