Deserts are synonymous with harsh, brown and arid .
A land full of thorns and sandy soil on which very few living organisms can survive due to the paucity of water
The black and white Variable Wheatear( English),Oenanthe picata (Scientific Name) has chosen to migrate from Central Asia to bask on a bed of thorns in the Winter Sun of Rajasthan.
This magnificent and large Ber tree is covered with Red berries called BER in Hindi . They grow wild all over the region from Jodhpur to Bikaner and Jaisalmer.
The Ber ( Hindi)Tree , Indian Plum or Jujube (English) , Ziziphus mauritiana ( Scientific name) is perfectly adapted to the alkaline sandy soil of the desert . It has taproots which go deep into the soil and store water as well .
The Ber fruit is a rich source of vitamin C etc. and has numerous medicinal uses as well.
The tree also has innumerable sharp and tiny thorns.
The typical landscape of the region near Kichan ( home to the Demoiselle Cranes) as of date can be observed in the picture below.
Do observe the sandy soil is now naturally covered with typical Shrubs and grasses native to the region.
The Indian Gazelle ( do read my blog THE ENCHANTING OASIS) is now beautifully camouflaged as the Desert mutates.
The photograph below was taken from the car and you can see the shadow of the window on the left .
This change has come about over several years of bountiful rains.
Wastelands are being converted into rich agricultural lands as man made Canals connect this parched lands to the rivers in the north.
Drip Irrigation and sprinklers ( see picture below) are turning the Desert Green as water and electricity reaches even remote villages.
The picture below is of a vegetable farm in the heart of DESERT COUNTRY.
The Tittar( Hindi) , Grey Partridge or Grey Francolin ( English) is now exposed against the large Radish leaves.
I always mention the local names as they always reveal a characteristic of the bird or animal. In this case the name Tittar is a near replica of the call of this bird.
As the Desert Blooms and transforms from brown to Green many inhabitants which have adapted to the brown arid landscape find themselves in a quandary.
I draw your attention to the featured image of the Partridge, see how beautifully the terracotta, rust and brown plumage blends into the sandy soil of the desert but shows up against the Greens of Vegetables.
The preferred scrubby dry brown habitats of the Tittar are gradually turning into GREEN FRUIT and VEGETABLE FARMS as THE DESERT turns GREEN.