Blooming Friday/Water


So soon the days fly! It’s Friday once again and time for Blooming Friday. With Water as the theme, I feel like posting several images. There are so many associations with water; the hill spring that spouted water at a higher elevation and flowed down the hillside at the bottom of our garden, the house on the river’s edge where my grandparents lived and where we slept to the sound of the gushing waters. And the river near my hometown where we loved to be, especially in winter. So fondly remembered still. And then there were the lakes where on the shallow parts we caught shrimp and small fish. Oh, the joys of growing up in the lap of nature is a blessing my children never truly experienced.

The first photo reflects a sunny September day. The river, Kopili, where we’d performed my father’s last rites. My bonding with this river will be eternal. By winter, the river will be narrower than what is seen in this picture.

A winter scene in my part of the world. The river Digaru (about 25kms away from our city) is a spot for picnic lovers. The photo was taken in January this year. It’s as if the river is at rest. Even the surroundings are a dull green. The flooded banks of summer are rich with alluvial soil and so little plots come to life in winter with mustard, radish,egg-plants, chillies, hyacinth beans, and vigorous growth of pumpkin and bottle gourd vines. Protected by bamboo fencing to keep out the cows and the goats, these vegetable gardens are a wonderful sight! It’s only when the first rains come in March the landscape will turn into a verdant green, the green that we see for most of the other months.

This last photo is of a lake in my hometown, Haflong. As children, the bank of this lake was our playground. There were just a few houses, the slopes were green, and the Khasi pine trees/Pinus kesiya (the most widely distributed pine trees in Asia) were beautiful. But now it’s a sad picture. A photo of this lake taken more than sixty years ago can be seen here

To see more Water images, head over to Katarina’s @ Roses And Stuff. I hope you enjoy going through the pictures!

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About Kanak Hagjer

Hello from north-east India! I love to blog about all things floral and foliar and sharing the beauty of my region is what I am most passionate about!
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31 Responses to Blooming Friday/Water

  1. lotusleaf says:

    Those are some lovely pictures of water. I can understand your special feeling for the river.

  2. AnnCharlotte says:

    Lovely picnicspot. When I visited Sout India two years ago i had a nice trip in he Backwaterarea. Even though your pictures are from someplace else they remind me of that trip.
    Have a nice weekwnd 😉

  3. I would love to know, Kanak, whether the Khasi Pine Trees are from Khasia, where a lot of people from Wales went at one time. There are two books by Nigel Jenkins: ‘Gwalia in Khasia’ and ‘Khasia in Gwalia’.

    Another refreshing post!

    • kanak7 says:

      Caroline, you’re right. At that time the area was known as the Khasi Hills. In 1972, the state was named “Meghalaya” which means “Abode of the Clouds”. The work done by the Welsh missionaries for education in the north-east region of India has been stupendous. They also established churches all over the Khasi Hills from the 1840s. The first church was built in Sohra, formerly known as Cherrapunjee which was at one point of time the wettest place on earth. More Khasi pine photos and the terrain of Meghalaya can be seen in my old blog-http://terrafarmer.blogspot.com/2009/10/khasi-pine.html

  4. Kanak, You share lovely images today. Your water ways are beautiful. I love them all and especially the first with its reflection and yours about your father. Enjoy the weekend. ;>)

  5. Madame C says:

    Beautiful, yet a bit sad post about that las lovely lake. Thank you for showing and sharing:)
    Have a great weekend,
    Charlotta

  6. jo©o says:

    Beautiful post, in words and images.

  7. easygardener says:

    It is interesting to see the January picture – I was not sure what changes happened to the landscape during winter in your part of the world. Have a good weekend.

  8. Beautiful reflections, and each water scene so very different! What an amazing and magical place you had to play in as a child!

  9. islandgal246 says:

    Breathtaking Kanak! Took me into a serene existence. Wow live in a beautiful region. Have a fantastic weekend my friend.

  10. Denise says:

    Fantastic skies and watery reflections. Your photos are so beautiful.

  11. Beautiful photos of a lovely scenery!

  12. Monica says:

    Beautiful post, Its so interesting to read about other part of the world. Thanks.. =). Have a nice weekend..Moa

  13. I’m late getting here Kanak – internet connection in Scotland was down again yesterday evening but thankfully its sorted now. Those pictures look so lovely and that little bit about Tara Devi on the link interesting aswell.

    • kanak7 says:

      Rosie, I’m so glad you checked out the site! We lived there in the Sixties and I have many happy memories. Good to know your Internet connection is all right now.

  14. mia says:

    I wouldn’t call it a dull sight even though I well can understand it different then your childhood memories. I love those landscapes pictures from your area, so different then ours. Winterlandscape, by us they would be all white.
    Have a nice weekend 🙂

  15. Lovely sceneries and the photos are really beautiful.

  16. Birgitta says:

    Your water ways are beautiful and so are the photoes.

  17. Elu says:

    The spelling of the word after Pinus is “Khasia”.The Welsh spelt it “Cassia”but since the indigenous people called themselves Khasi,the first alphabet “a” was added after the community name to indicate as belonging to/of it.
    This time I discovered that next to Hillary Sweeney’s grave is a grave bearing the name Ethel Honey mother of Alice & Major B.Honey.Since Alice Honey Sweeney is the mother of Hillary,I can safely presume that that grave is of her grandmother referred to in the website as “Little Granny”The words “A great grandmother” was marked on her gravestone.Such sweet words in a solemn space.

  18. Katarina says:

    Lovely reflections and words. Beautiful!

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