Showing posts with label Nature. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Nature. Show all posts

Clever Camouflages in my Backyard

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Indian Pitta is native to India and those which live in northern India migrate towards Southern India during winter to escape the harsher climate of the north. Though a brightly colored bird, it camouflages quite well amongst the leaf litter on which it forages for insects during most part of the day.

Indian hare, also known as Black-naped hare is commonly found in India. It has evolved to outsmart myriad predators: Hawks, Eagles and owls to dogs, jackals, wolves and cats. It knows exactly where to find a quiet spot for a few minutes of precious rest.

This brown Moth seems to know where to rest during the day time. How does it know to select a brown leaf over a green one? 

The tiny structure made out of bits of dry leaves and sticks is home to a worm! What a way to fool sharp-eyed predators like birds! Probably this is one of the case-bearing moth larva (do let me know if you any of you know the name of the species)  

Beautifully camouflaged against the mud and bits of leaves, this snake is not a danger to humans... but humans are a danger to this Wolf Snake. It is a non-poisonous snake, with close resemblance to the poisonous Krait (differentiated as the harmless snake by the missing white band on its neck). Perhaps at some point during the evolution, it mimicked the poisonous krait to deter the natural predators? Or did it evolve without poison relaying mostly on its agility and camouflage? Whatever the case maybe, today humans kill it mistaking it to be a poisonous Krait. This snake is surely counting on a day where humans are driven by knowledge and compassion rather than fear. 

Here is an Indian Chameleon, climbing through the foliage of a Mango tree. However hard my eyes tried to follow it, I lost it after this charming creature disappeared behind the leaves and I was not able to spot it again.

Finally, a frog that seems to be doing its best to camouflage! Accidental camouflage? Who am I to judge? 

Wishing you all a happy exploration of clever camouflages in your own backyards ! 

5 Thoughts for the year 2015

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Here are a few thoughts for 2015, inspired by the grandeur of Nature.

When the mountain ranges are obscured by clouds, we need not wish away the clouds to see the scenery; we only have to shift our perspective.

Nilgiri Mountian Ranges amidst clouds

Human mind tends to flit from one goal to another, in relentless pursuit of appreciation that leads to short bursts of happiness. When we breakout of this rush and immerse ourselves in stillness of nature, we find the path to unconditioned and everlasting happiness.

Common Indian Crow Butterfly resting on a twig

There is peace in doing our bit for planet earth, without worrying about upkeep of appearances. When we carry on our work and allow the universe to take over, our life will overflows with beauty and abundance.

Short-legged Hunchback Ant on a Lantana bud

Beautiful reflections are formed only in calm waters. A mind free from the ripples of stress and negative thoughts reflects the beauty Life.

Reflection of Western Ghats in Sharavathi backwaters 

Be joyful and celebrate yourself, in order to find bliss in this world.

Peacock in the act of grooming itself

Wish you all a fulfilling 2015 ! May it be your best year yet !
- Akula & Vinay