Monday, July 30, 2018

RGB Monday

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Captured this sketching from a banner placed at a petrol bunk on ECR, promoting an international school and I find the colors used on the simple drawing of a girl swinging from the tree branch has red, green, blue to suit the meme.

Friday, July 27, 2018

Bougainvillea bloomed in neighborhood

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During an evening walk other day I capture these pretty Bougainvillea glabra turning the quiet road of this into very pleasant in the presence of these blooms, making way outside the compound of a school campus in neighborhood.  Sometime I used to take my iPhone when going for walk in evening to capture anything interesting I come across and if it is within our area or streets I just keep away this little weight from the pocket. The pictures were bit edited with Photoshop to bring out some rich colors and neat look.

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Bougainvillea glabra, the lesser bougainvillea or paperflower, is the most common species of bougainvillea used for bonsai. glabra is heat and drought tolerant and frost sensitive bougainvillea and it needs full sunlight, warm weather and well-drained soil to flower well.

Linking this post for Floral  Friday Foto  

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Rama Temple @ Palamathi Hills

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While the Bala Murugan Temple is coated in yellow, the white painted Rama Temple is less than a km from the same on the Palamathi Hills near Vellore.  Thought the temple look newly painted I believe it should be an old temple but I couldn’t get any detail about the temple from the net or anywhere else and I took shot of the temple mainly for the hanuman statue that stood in front of the temple tower.  

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                        The pictures where shot from the car while we slowed down or almost stopped for few seconds as the road was empty, the temple was located at a curve  so I could only focus on front (shot from iphone) and the second one was captured in cam by mom from the side window. The statue also looks like newly installed and the Hanuman is posed with one hand bearing the Sanjeevi hill (a mountain with medicinal plants that lord hanuman is believed to bring to cure Lakshman and Rama) and standing on a mound, which is nothing but a hundial – a collection box used in Hindu temples.

Monday, July 23, 2018

RGB Monday

Vibrant in colors

Vibrant in Colors

A house painted in different shades of colors including red, green and blue, and the picture was shot somewhere between Periyapalayam and Uthukottai, a border town between Tamil Nadu and Andhra. That was the first time I travelled on this stretch and I was on the road to Nagalapuram. From the look, colors and designs on the face of the house make think the people living there should be more devotional… because I have seen houses in villages with similar fa├žade (but not this much colourful) are religious minded.

#RGB Monday stand's for my self made meme on Red Green Blue colors.

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Beetle Play

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My cousin picked up this green beetle from the woods (during our vacation at the woodhouse near Kodai) and I was scared when he put it on my wheelchair board. But he told me it was lifeless so did I breathe, because I am always scared of insects and that not mean I hate insects but I like watching and shooting from a distance. He knows I like to shoot interesting subjects and as I had camera on hand I immediately took a snap on the beetle to only see a little vibrate in its legs but before we realize it was alive, it took off to fly! We were surprised and he told it was on the ground, with all mud sticking on it made certain it was dead   and was like that until I took snap.  I could still recollect the vibrate it creates before taking off.

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I leave with another wild insect I captured from the same vacation and I have idea about the species and it was lying on the dining table out at the woodhouse balcony.

Linking this post with SATURDAY CRITTERS

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Beginning of the season – Wind

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Up in the air
heart got lifted
to a state of ecstatic,
as beginning of the season
wind blows and blows me out
before it turned hot.

Elevation of sunrays
and tail of summer trail
blew down hot waves
blowing up the cool breeze
back to the sea
as land winds took charge.

Heart yearns
for the eventide
to bring back cool breeze
but it only turned muggy
despite formation of clouds
weather turns quiet unanswered.

Ps. Picture captured around the same time last year at Kurangani Hills! The wind was so heavy there and it was the location where forest fire killed 23 trekkers in March. The poem deals with Aadi, a Tamil month which means “beginning” of a season of wind.

Monday, July 16, 2018

RGB Monday

Dazzling fruits and vegetables stall at Kodaikanal

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The roadside stall sells lot of fruits and vegetables harvested from around the mountains of Kodaikanal. For the new visitors: Kodaikanal is a popular hill station in south India (more than MSL 2000 high) and one of the most visited mountains by me. And during a visit to same in the monsoon of 2016, I captured these photos while we stopped for purchasing fruits and homemade chocolates. The rains halt for some time then and it was about 7pm I took these photos from mobile and I was really amazed at the outcome of the photos splashed in different shades and colors, since the fruits exposed to the led bulbs.

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And moreover the mist, gloominess and wetness of rain give a refreshing feel as I look into the dazzling fruits and vegetables from our parked car. I know very few of the names of the fruits sold at the shop like plums (called as ooty apple), pears and passion, and along with fruits they also sell mountain honey, homemade chocolates and eucalyptus oils. But more than fruits, vegetables like carrot, cabbage, potatoes and mountain garlic are cultivated around the mountains villages of Kodaikanal.  

#RGB Monday stand's for my self made meme on Red Green Blue colors.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Palamathi Hills and Balamurugan Temple

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As part of my visit to Vellore district in February, I explored Palamathi Hills, a beautiful mountain range that close to the Vellore City or to say about 10 km from the same. Located southeast of the Vellore city, the hills is an extension of the Eastern Ghats includes Palamathi Reserve Forest and Otteri Lake, makes it a thriving hotspot for various birds and flora. I visited the hills through the back road, which I would recommend anyone driving from Chennai who like to enjoy village scenario and it was a short route too by going into Arcot town and taking the Arcot main road to Kavanur and then to Palamathi Hills.

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View on a part of Palamathi Hills
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The hills have a beautiful and scenic environment and I would highly recommend it visited during winter or monsoon to feel cool and find it quite greenish. Palamathi is a developing tourist destination with Balamurugan Temple, atop the hill, could be the prime destination to attract tourist. The yellow coated Murugan Temple, also known as Kuzhandai Velayudhabani swamy Temple could be an attention seeker for anyone visiting the hills and the hillock temple and tower is visible from the distance if you climb from the Vellore city. The temple has a beautiful arch at the foothill leading a driveway and a stairs parallel to the parking lot.

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It was 12pm when we visited the temple and it has around 150 steps to climb from the foot hall to the temple and before we discover the off road that adjoin the hillock, mom and grandma went atop on foot and it was them to find out the mud road and we took the SUV close to the temple tower. The temple provides free lunch for the visited devotes and except me and cousin, others end their lunch there. Parents told the temple was well maintained and has couple of peacocks fenced in a cage inside the temple – form where one get to hold natural views all around.

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The forest view along the off road that take us above the hillock and you could see goats feeding from a bucket kept by the temple people.
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The temple perched on the cliff, shot while climbing down the hill towards Vellore city
Palamathi isn’t very high hills and should be around MSL 300-400 and has wonderful breeze throughout the year but should feel cool in morning and evenings unless monsoon/winter hits. I actually wanted to visit this place much earlier as post monsoon or midwinter to experience cool weather but it wasn't bad in early Feb. The best part of the scenic hills is the road winding down to the Vellore city and the hairpin bends are picturesque to shoot along the way or from the hilltop. But the temple has closed the windows overlooking that view, perhaps it located at unsafe spot, so we missed getting the scene but I managed to get some while drove through the Ghats.

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Scenic view around the hairpin bends
Palamathi is a village panchayat and majority of the people living here are migrants from other places of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Andhra and so they do not have a tribal status. The people cultivate paddy, groundnut and ragi above the mountains and sells at the city market. The Otteri Lake at the foothill is a manmade lake in the British era to supply water to Vellore city. I took many photos on the hills and I would share more in the future posts.

Palamathi Hills Winding Ghats

Monday, July 09, 2018

RGB Monday

GEMS Shooting

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Cadbury Gems is chocolate flavor, rich and chocolate buttons.What makes Gems different is the way the chocolate has been designed as colorful candy.

Sunday, July 08, 2018

Strawflowers

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Suns scattered on ground
though they don’t glow like real
they own their sunshine.

Yellow strawflowers 
in the universe of green 
outshines like a sun.

P.sHaiku inspired by yellow paper daisies captured from one of the wildest place in Theni. 
Commonly known as the golden everlasting or strawflower, is a flowering plant native to Australia and it grows as a woody or herbaceous perennial or annual shrub up to a metre tall with green or grey leafy foliage. Golden yellow or white flower heads are produced from spring to autumn; their distinctive feature is the papery bracts that resemble petals.

Friday, July 06, 2018

Flying Object

Flying Object!

During my travel to Kodaikanal in March, I encountered this cloud formation and along with the sparking sunrays create an image of flying object or alien ship trying to land on the earth! The picture was captured around Dindigul, while traveling on NH45 and this was a scene following a series of hide and seeks between the sun and clouds, which was fun to watch and shoot the dazzling show of flashing sunbeams and grey clouds coming up in different shapes. It was also wonderful to see the cloud line or silver lining appearing above the clouds was magical but overall the alien disc was impossible to miss. 

Linking this post with Skywatch Friday

Tuesday, July 03, 2018

Some of the multiple waterfalls enroute to Munnar

Munnar bestow me with lot of pleasure as I explored its beauty in November and as you know except the blue sky I shared in a previous post, the weather has been quite cloudy and drizzling to rain entire the trip. Though I missed many views across the mountains and valleys to wrap in mist, the multiple waterfalls and brooks get me throughout a wonderful mood and upraise at every rise of natural spring. Following Thoovanam, and Karimutty Waterfalls I enjoyed some little waterfalls and water flowing from a raised mountain rock/cliff, to lookalike a waterfall from great height, and that all falling within short distances make feel quirk at each fall.

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Within 2 minute drive from Karimutty we stopped on a small bridge by sighting of a creek, pretty cascading from a decent high to underpass the bridge to merge with Pambar River beneath the valley. It looks like a branch of the brook that makes part with Karimutty waterfalls, from the original source of water (which believed to have medicinal value) above the mountains (click here to see from where it flows). I also liked more the trees making a solid stand between the rocks and the entire scene gives a jungle feel although it’s not far from Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary.

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Natural Fall and Vegetation

In the picture above (1st one) you could see the back road or the one we took from Chinnar and the brook runs below to valley and Karimitty waterfall is on the left side of the image. Few km from there is Marayoor, the only town between Udumalpet and Munnar, and just passed the town of many restaurants and cottages, we stopped at the sight of another mini falls silently making its way through vegetation and banana plants, which seems to belong to the house beside the waterfall.  I just enjoyed the lush green of the area with mist wrapping above the mountains… a couple of bends and curve from there brought the breathtaking sight of all.

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It was refreshing to see water flowing from that high cliff of mountain and being black rock mound the water falls like overflowing of milk. Thanks to the mist and clouds to trigger showering above the mountains to create this natural waterfall to be visible from a distance, though it was far above to reach I zoomed on to get the views (below) from the stopped car. Glad there was no vehicle in front or behind to force us to move, and I could feel the coolness even through the sight. This road takes us through number of natural wonders and it’s all because of the weather condition of mist and rain aid us to enjoy this special occasion/vacation.

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And ten minute drive from there and about msl 1200, and somehow above the mountains, crawling through the mist and pristine scene of nature it was wonderful to see another shades of silver (waterfall) leak through the thick forest vegetation and tea plantation. It was from there things went hide from our views as we travelled through thick fog, my eyes couldn’t miss few more little waterfalls took stream from the mix of mist and rain. But it is for another day.  

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Sunday, July 01, 2018

Woodhouse

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Mist in the air wraps
like an envelope, woodhouse
folds up blissful warmth.

P.sHaiku inspired by the mist wrapped around my uncle's woodhouse in Kodai, an iphone click on the wooden porch that slightly wet because of mist and rain that locked us last Nov's visit.