Yesterday I had posted a picture of the gourd flower and this morning this was the sight as I stepped out of the door to my backyard. A pretty blue lifeless dragonfly entangled on a tendril and swaying in a slight breeze.
Every once in a while I come across still-life in the garden; a butterfly or—-
That a dragonfly can meet its end this way was something I had never imagined! But when I went to check, it was gone. Devoured perhaps by one of the many birds who visit regularly!
Ginny had asked about the gourd bloom. Not all gourd flowers are yellow. The Bitter gourd has tiny yellow blooms and the Bottle gourd has white blooms. This is a picture of the Snake gourd taken last month in my cousin’s garden.
Many of you had commented on my terrace garden. Thank you so much! It’s hard work and does take up a lot of my time. Which is why I’m usually up by 5.30 to water all the plants, do a bit of weeding, and pick up the leaves from the few trees that I have. One needs Courage to brave the heat during the day. I’d rather stay indoors!! Plants here look their best during the rainy season.The photo above was taken during the monsoon last year. All of them are in containers. And I had many pollinators who kept me on my toes as I crouched and sat on my haunches hoping for some good shots!:)
Sometimes I happen to see several winged creatures during the course of the day. And Rosie, you’re right about the distraction. Whatever I do, I need to stop and take a a shot, or several shots. As I opened the front door this morning, something fluttered away.That something was the Peacock Pansy butterfly. Although the Pansy butterflies are commonly seen in gardens and open fields here, I haven’t seen them on my plants for months. But getting a shot of the wings closed like this wasn’t good enough. So I tiptoed nearer and waited!
It was worth the wait! You can read my earlier post on the Pansy butterflies here.
Later in the day, a Striped Albatross butterfly stopped by. The seedheads belong to the Malabar Spinach.
A Kingfisher high up on a wire. How I wish they’d come closer. My camera can only manage this much! The sky as you can see from this picture was an intense shade of blue today.
And in the marshy area next to our house, the water is drying up. I hope to see a few aquatic birds foraging here. I’m most interested in the white-breasted water hen. But for now the Pansy butterflies rule the roost. Or should I say, the grass?!