Our World/Rainy Days Are Here Again

Just before the rains came, a lot of drama unfolded in our western sky. It made me stop as I watered my plants or brought in the washing or just looked around my plants for those winged jewels that I love to photograph. Through the wires and the pylons, incomplete structures that dot our landscape and the overhead water tanks on rooftops, or the hills laid bare by all that earth cutting all in the name of development…that canvas of orange and indigo blue made my heart sing.

It’s time for these orange ditch lilies to bloom. I post the pictures each year but this time it’s a petal or two…and a droplet of rain.

Another faithful is putting up a show. These orchids/Aerides odorata tied on the Areca nut tree has a spicyrefreshing smell.

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Today’s Flowers/Balsam

Two kinds of balsam are blooming in my garden now. The red ones were bought from a nursery whereas the purple ones are the wild variety that spring up during this season.

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Today’s Flowers/Magnolia

On our holiday last month, we visited the Rose Garden in Chandigarh. Although there were hundreds of roses in bloom, the heat was too much for us! We plonked ourselves in the shade near where the sprinklers were active at noon. What caught my eye as were returning to our hotel was this magnolia as big as a dinner plate. There were many magnolia trees and perhaps this was one of the last blooms. Or one of the first of the season!

The Rose Garden, Chandigarh

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Our World/Blooms From A Nursery

Despite the oppressive heat of May we headed towards a nursery hoping to find plants and blooms that are not the usual ones we see nearly everywhere. And we weren’t disappointed! Dwarf canna lilies in different shades, all kinds of jasmine and hibiscus, frangipani and ixoras vied for space in that three acre nursery.

The most spectacular ones were these passion flowers. There were several vines and the one that came home with me is the one in the first photo.

A variety of solanum but not sure about the name. The nursery couldn’t provide a name either.

And all along the periphery of the nursery were these small trees, the Sita Ashok/Saraca asoca in full bloom. The blooms are mildly fragrant. In the background you can see another tree with red flowers. That’s the Flame tree/Delonix regia, also in full bloom now.

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Our World/Wall Art

Dinos stare menacingly at each other on the wall of Greenwood Resort

Birds and other animal shapes greet visitors to this place

A closer look at the elephants and a crocodile

With the response and the comments in my last post, I’m happy to share more pictures from this resort on the outskirts of our city. Not only are the gardens beautifully kept but it’s a joy to see what’s on the walls… All kinds of animal shapes greet you as you step into the premises of Greenwood.

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Today’s Flowers/Splashes Of Colour

Photo taken at Greenwood Resorts

Red salvia blooms light up the garden of a resort on the outskirts of our city. It’s always a pleasure to be there and walk about the beautifully kept grounds. Don’t miss the elephants on the wall!!

Foxtail orchids that do well in our region blooming on the trunk of my mango tree.

A clump of gaillardia blooming at a resort on the outskirts of Delhi where we had stopped to grab a bite.

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The Golden Temple

Amritsar, a city in Punjab is home to the Golden Temple, the most important religious place of the Sikhs. I had always wanted to visit this beautiful temple and got a chance to do so on our recent holiday. Amritsar, the original name of the pool around which the temple complex grew, means “pool of ambrosial nectar”.

The temple’s architecture draws on both Hindu and Moslem artistic styles yet represents a unique coevolution of the two. During the reign of Maharaja Ranjit Singh (1780-1839), Hari Mandir was richly ornamented with marble sculptures, golden gilding, and large quantities of precious stones. Within the sanctuary, on a jewel-studded platform, lies the Adi Grantha, the sacred scripture of the Sikhs. This scripture is a collection of devotional poems, prayers, and hymns composed by the ten Sikh gurus and various Moslem and Hindu saints. Beginning early in the morning and lasting until long past sunset, these hymns are chanted to the exquisite accompaniment of flutes, drums, and stringed instruments. Echoing across the serene lake, this enchantingly beautiful music induces a delicate yet powerful state of trance in the pilgrims strolling leisurely around the marble concourse encircling the pool and temple. An underground spring feeds the sacred lake, and throughout the day and night pilgrims immerse themselves in the water, a symbolic cleansing of the soul rather than an actual bathing of the body. Next to the temple complex are enormous pilgrims’ dormitories and dining halls where all persons, irrespective of race, religion, or gender, are lodged and fed for free. Source.

With my sister, nieces, and nephew at the Golden Temple

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