Before I start to write about anything, I’d like to thank all of you who stopped by and left your precious words. Thank you for being there…your comments mean so much to me.
Today I’d like to share the landscape around the area and along the route that we took for my father’s last ceremony. The land is beautiful. In every season. Every time I take this road, I savour the sights, the sounds, and blogging has made me more observant about the changes no matter how subtle they may be. We’ve done the route in torrents of rain, on sunny days, in thick fog and light mist. And I’ve loved every mood that the jungle has displayed.
A common tree around these parts, the Drumstick tree/Moringa olifera. It’s said to be one of the most useful trees. The leaves, the blooms and the fruit (drumstick), are edible.The land is at its greenest now. But come late November, the green turns a little muted and remains so till the first rains of the year falls with a vengeance usually in March.
Leucas aspera growing wild on the river bank. These plants have medicinal properties and is believed to cure common cold. Bunches of tender leaves are sold in the vegetable markets here.
There were two Common Indian Crow butterflies flitting near these plants but somehow I couldn’t get their picture.
Have you seen a sight like this? There must have been more than fifty nests on this coconut tree. These are the nests of the grain-eating Weaver birds who make these intricately woven nests. The coconut tree was photographed in my cousin’s yard. Her village is not far from the river and that’s where we had lunch after the ceremony was over.
A closer look at the nests.
My nephew looked around for fallen nests and got these empty ones under the coconut tree.
The jungle is beautiful and mysterious. On our return journey, the distant horizon was shrouded in rain-bearing clouds. Having travelled this road so many times I now know that the white and blue Porter’s Weed blooms prolifically throughout the length of summer. That during the rainy season Glory lilies bloom wild. In March the purple Orchid trees are a sight to behold and in April orchids bloom in various hues high up on the trees. And the Ipomoea varieties come in shades of pink, red, white, and blue.
And the wildlife is rich. Jungle fowl is common. So are foxes, many kinds of birds, monkeys, including the Hoolock Gibbon,snakes,and sometimes even deer. I’m only mentioning wildlife as seen fleetingly from a running car.
As we climb uphill, the sight of another meandering river can be seen from the road. This is the longest river in these parts, the Diyung which empties itself into the Kopili.
Closer to my hometown this is a fast-flowing river. A much-loved picnic spot and an association from childhood to all those who have grown up in this area. The fish of this river is considered a delicacy. I hope you liked going these views. The land is at its greenest now.