“Flora Picture of the year- 2008”
I would like to send this as my Flora picture of the Year [this has
not been sent earlier on this forum].
Couroupita guianensis. Fam: Lecythidaceae. Place-Bangalore-taken 11th April 2008
Also revered as Shivalinga, Nagalinga. The stamens form a ‘hood’ over a
small depression beneath, in which there is a ‘linga’.This tree grows
opposite my apartment & i’m sentimental about it because a friend & i
saved it from the axe.
The fruits look like cannonballs & are as lethal-only i have not come
across a single case of anyone being hit on the head [ that does not
mean anyone take a risk !]-surprisingly even when they dropped with
alarming frequency at the time the building in the adjoining compound
was being constructed & the roots were heavily damaged. The tree has
My vote for Flora Picture of the year- 2008
This flower I would like to nominate as flora of the year 2008. This I shot at Phansad WLS, 200 Kms. from Mumbai. While shooting this flower, I got so engaged with it, that I did not notice that a green vine snake just passed by my legs. After, I was done with the shooting this flower, i realize that I missed an opportunity of shooting the reptile.
In November 2008 during my trek thru Tirangi-ghat ( climbing down from Doni village
on the Ghats down to Rampur village in the Konkan ) among the thick KARVI,
suddenly I saw this one ..infact the only ONE flower on that plant !
It was tough to select THE flower of 2008 when each and every one of them had something that touched one’s core so deeply. I offer this orchid, Dendrobium barbatum as my selection for flower of 2008.
Habenaria roxburghii syn. H. platyphylla in Talakona forest, AP on 16/8/08. It’s difficult to chose from so many species clicked in 2008. This was special for me as I was longing for finding some Orchid species (after seeing so many beautiful postings of wild Orchids) in Talakona forest being a rainy season (as Orchids flower only for a very small period during rainy season). I was not even aware at that time, though enamoured by its beauty, that it was a ground Orchid.
2008 was the year when I took to shooting of herbs in a big way. Before that I hardly looked at them. But the photographic beauties they have matches with those of butterflies, birds & other subjects.Welcome to the lovely world on beautiful herbs.
Waltzing on emerald floor
A blithe Cosmos pair.
Commonly known by many names: climbing lily, creeping lily, fire lily, flame lily, gloriosa lily, glory lily, malabar glory lily, superb lily, tiger claw … and kandhal in Tamil (காந்தள்) … it is the State Flower of Tamil Nadu, India.