March 29, 2012

On the borderline drive 4 -- flora and fauna

This is something I should have posted after I got back from the borderline drive with Harsha and Prabha, but couldn't get down to doing it.

These photos are really not in any order, and I could not identify all the flora you see here. Would appreciate help with identification.
This is the red billed blue magpie. This photo is from the net...I couldn't take a picture myself, but we saw lots of them. I saw three pairs early in the morning at Oakwood Hamlet, Solan, Himachal Pradesh, where we stayed on the way back from made my day!

Crocosmia, spotted at Manali

Yak in Manali, for the benefit of tourists

Beautiful woman and mountain goat, Manali

Saw this at Corbett, Uttaranchal. On a variety of palm.


Fern at Corbett. Found the white leaves interesting.

Pretty moth at Solan. Please ignore the date.

Stopped for lunch on the outskirts of Hardwar, and chanced upon this Floss silk tree.

Saw this as we passed through Shimla. It looks a lot like copper pod, but these are flowers, not pods.

Velvet sage at Oakwood Hamlet, Solan

Alstroemeria, Oakwood Hamlet, Solan

Found this beauty in the bathroom at Oakwood Hamlet

Bee keeping...found these in many places all along the drive

Some wild berries...on the drive back from Kalpa, Himachal Pradesh tree at Kalpa...the place was full of them!

Walnut tree at Kalpa!

More apple trees

At Kalpa...yet to identify

Apples and Kinner Kailash
A persimmon tree

As we drove from Manali through Kulu, towards Kalpa, we were driving through pine forests in thick fog, and suddenly we spotted these vultures! Stopped for a good 20 minutes looking at them feasting on a dead cow.

Hello...I'm here too!

Mountain goats

Fuchsias at Manali

Pearly everlasting...

Manali...wild flower

Indeed, there's something wonderful about the mountain air, and about life in the mountains. As Prabha told me, "People can be categorised into two...those who have seen the mountains, and those who haven't!"

Note: Thanks to Shubha and Kobita for help in identifying the flower species above.


Anonymous said...

beautiful trees,flowers,fruits,birds and animals .....typical of a mountainside.enjoyed every picture.thanks for sharing them.

Sadhana Ramchander said...

Thank you, Mom. Must have brought back memories of your Kulo-Manali trip.

suresh gehlot said...

beautiful pictures