‘Crab’tivated!

Dawn was just beginning to peep over the horizon and the salty tang in the air, typical of the marshy terrain, was laden with crisp, cool notes of the early winter period. Chocolate brown leaves crunching deliciously under our merciless shoes were the only sounds as the birds waited in anticipation of the moment when … Continue reading ‘Crab’tivated!

The Dark

As junior and I stood, shoes sinking in the slushy marshy banks of the lake, this ibis uncharacteristically circled overhead a couple of times. I could have ratcheted up the EV but would have only ended up with an unremarkable abdomen. Thinking quickly on my clogged feet, I stepped it down a bit for this … Continue reading The Dark

Beat it!

(Admission: This photograph is not of a quality acceptable to be publicised. It is only a memento of a fleeting, yet striking incidence that I have often read about, but never had an opportunity to experience first-hand until now.) The Lotus Lake is a small, neglected, natural water body within the bounds of Aarey Forest … Continue reading Beat it!

Limitless Scopa

Bees collect both nectar and pollen from flowers. While the nectar is a source of carbohydrates, the pollen provides them with protein, fats and various macro and micro nutrients. To carry pollen back to their hives, the female bees have different specialised structures on their body which vary as per the species. Honeybees and bumblebees … Continue reading Limitless Scopa

Bee-mused!

Which Bee would it be, it so bee-wildered me,was it a bare Carpenter, or a hairy Bumblebee? The darting and diving, bee-trayed the family,up close I saw bee-tter, bee-spoke the anatomy. Bee-lated I remem-bee-red, 48 species of thee,only in Himalayas, Bumblebees buzzed with glee. Bee-tween 16 black species, markings I had to see,bee-hold it defined, … Continue reading Bee-mused!

Bird, Decollated!

Two days into his stay at the farm he knew something was amiss. Each morning he had woken up to a crisp cool dawn of the early spring days, the air redolent with the heady bouquet of the hillside blooms and the mild rays of sunshine diffused through a curtain of thin fog that hung … Continue reading Bird, Decollated!

To-may-to, To-mah-to… Ta-ma-tar!

I am aware that many of you here have been growing tomatoes since ages, but for me this was my first attempt, and the journey of these past six months – from seeds to fruit – has been a very valuable learning experience. Come to think of it, over the past year, my home garden … Continue reading To-may-to, To-mah-to… Ta-ma-tar!

The Pumpkin Chronicles

Though Dr. Ian Malcolm’s profound and by now iconic assertion “Life, uh, finds a way” in Jurassic Park was in reference to the survival and proliferation of genetically engineered dinosaurs, it is not wrong to associate this statement with the real world where millions of species fight for survival against each other and more often … Continue reading The Pumpkin Chronicles

Dekko this Gecko

Undoubtedly, of all the benefits that I derive out of my home gardening pursuits, nothing gets me more elated than seeing a micro ecosystem being set up within the confines of a few potted plants. Within the soil it is the earthworms and millipedes (I introduce a few of these into my pots during the … Continue reading Dekko this Gecko