An unplanned trip to Manchanabele leads to some interesting bird-watching. But also a residue of sadness Continue reading Manchanabele – Birding in Bangalore’s extended backyard
Though winter has been erratic these last few years, migrants are still seen in Bangalore’s dwindling lakes. At Kaikondrahalli, the sighting of two Northern Pintail drakes is a cause for celebration, however minor Continue reading Northern Pintails and other finds at Kaikondrahalli Lake
Why did the caterpillar cross the road? Apparently, to get to the other side. In a tearing hurry. Continue reading Why did the caterpillar cross the road?
The Indian Cork Tree’s expended blossoms infuse rare magic into the morning after a stormy monsoon night I stay on the coast in Pondicherry. My sense of … Continue reading When Sky Jasmine rained down
May is just behind us, but the familiar trees that lend their signature flush to this month are still in riotous flower One reason I look forward to May, despite the sweltering heat it brings, is the blooming of Gulmohar (Delonix regia), often called ‘Mayflower’ locally. The tree is also known as Flamboyant and Royal Poinciana. The glory of red! All year, Gulmohar trees stay evergreen, providing ample shade with a thick canopy of branches that spread out in all directions like umbrellas. Though they do not grow very tall, their spreading canopies makes them ideal avenue trees. A variant … Continue reading Encounter: The darling buds of May
For 20 years the mango tree that my father planted had stood its ground. It took less than 20 hours to bring it down. Continue reading Assassins in the Garden – Part 1