GOLDEN EARS

 

Wheat ( English), Gehu ( Hindi), Triticum aestivum ( Scientific name) refers to to Cultivated grass known to man for over 10,000 years.

The Spikes of this grass give us our Daily bread , Pasta or Rotis across the world.

Modern Iran , or Persia as it was known as in former times, is supposedly the Origin of Bread Wheat.

The pictures that follow were taken across Northern India and stretch over 4 months.

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Green Fields of Wheat Near Delhi

India is the second largest producer of Wheat in the World and by and large self sufficient in this extremely Important Winter Crop.

The Green Fields gradually change colour with rising temperatures and the advent of Spring.

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Green turning to Gold

Local languages are extremely Illustrative, Wheat is called Kanak in the region of Punjab in India and has its roots in Sanskrit. It is a Pun on the word Gold.

Evolution of Golden Ears of Wheat is evident from the picture that follows.

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The  Ears of Wheat  are more Gold now

By the end of March and the advent of April , Yellow Fields of Mustard yield giving way to Golden Wheat Fields. A sight to behold and Savour.

The following picture was taken from a Train in Rajasthan.

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Golden Fields of Wheat seen from a Train

Ladybirds ( friends can you spot the dots) cling to the Spikes formed by the Kernels as the Wheat Ears turn to Gold and thus called Kanak.

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Golden Wheat attracts Ladybirds too

This  scene of Harvesting  will be replicated across North India welcoming the Onset of Summer and celebrated during a lovely festival called Baisakhi on the 13th of April.

This picture was taken in Late March through the Window of a Train.

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Harvesting begins across Northern India

Do have a closer look at your Bread, Pasta or Chapati ( Roti)  and be Enchanted.

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GOATS, SHEEP and SHEPHERDS

I had blogged on Himalayan Sheep and Goats a few days ago and thought it prudent to compare them with their brethren in other parts of India.

Do they vary like the Food, People and Landscape as well ? Please check out the pictures that follow and the blog mentioned above to express your views and thoughts.

All these pictures were taken from a Jeep near Ajmer, Rajasthan and Raipur , Pali District, Rajasthan.

It is extremely Rare to see a Shepherd Couple herding their flock together . This picture is thus highly Prized.

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Herding their Flock of Sheep

Black Faced Sheep reminds me of an old Indian Saying,”from where have you blackened your face

The Fur is dense and had  been retained thus far. Do compare the fur to the Himalayan Sheep in my blog mentioned before.

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The Black Faced Sheep

Also unusual is  to photograph a Lady Shepherd. We are now Lucky, twice over.The Steel container she carries is called a Tiffin Box which has separate compartments and in all likelihood carries her Lunch.

Please observe the fur of the Sheep, they have been sheared.

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Beautifully attired Lady Shepherd

I found these Sheep following their shadow while the Goat in White with Tail Up stands out.

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Follow your Shadow

Finally a Single Male Shepherd with his Prized Ram.

Is the Knife in his hand Prophetic as this lovely Specimen could  well be the Mutton on your platter.

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A proud Shepherd

Indian Countryside is charming and Enchanting. If you notice this post is a departure from the Write Ups of the past.

Do let me know what you liked or disliked?

 

EYES OF A HIMALAYAN PALACE

Be Enchanted with the pictures taken from the Shrey Palace near Leh, Ladakh which houses a larger than Life Statue of a Golden Lord Buddha.

Shall I say through the Eyes of the Lord Himself.

vista far and beyond
Poplars ,Willows and The Himalayas

 

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Stony Peak
A lonely Heron and Egret
Sky Blue  Holy Lake, A Heron and Grasslands
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Breathtaking View from the Shrey Palace

HIMALAYAN SHEEP OR GOATS ?

The Animal Rescue Centre near Shrey ( village of the famous 3 Idiot Rancho School), Ladakh, India run by the Hemis Monastery under the guidance of His Holiness The Gyalwang Drukpa.

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Himalayan Surroundings

A closer look at the Himalayas reveals an Eco friendly construction for Homeless Animals.

Of special mention  is the Natural Insulator “The Alfa Alfa” Grass  ( Scientific name Medicago sps.) on the rooftop. Alfa Alfa is native to the Ladakh region and used extensively throughout the region. It is used as fodder for all the domesticated herbivores and Horses as well.

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The  Natural Rescue Centre for Animals

Do observe the dense Fur on the Rams. The famous Pashmina Goats are also native to the arid cold desert of Ladakh.

The Eco friendly Walls of Mud and Roofs of Grass are the perfect construction in the cold climate of Ladakh.

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Shadow of Sheep

The  Fur of the Himalayan Goat Glistens in the Intense Sunshine of High Altitude Ladakh.

Handsome Am I ?

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Himalayan Furry Goats

Charmed and Enchanted we zoom out into the Himalyan Surroundings and leave the Rescue Centre with a Heavy Heart.

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Cold Arid  High Altitude Desert

Astounding  Natural Beauty in Ladakh. I am unable to stop blogging on the region.

FRAGRANT CUMIN

The air was heady with the Fragrance of an Aromatic Spice which is used across most cuisines in the Indian Sub Continent.

Native to India , the use of which goes back to Ancient India , Cumin ( English), Zeera ( Hindi) , Cuminum cyminum ( Scientific name) is a Herbal Plant related to Parsley.

I was fortunate to photograph a handful of Plants which had been missed by the harvesters as they were hidden within a field of  Isabgol plants ( pls see the blog titled ISABGOL) .

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Cumin Plant

Raipur is a small village near Ajmer, Rajasthan where I was fortunate to see Zeera being harvested and processed.

The Cumin Seeds, still attached to the stems  are being Sun Dried.

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Cumin Seeds being Sun dried

The shadow on this mountain of aromatic  Zeera seeds is of my finger on the Camera Button.

Zeera has a natural aroma which hovers in the air for miles around as the Seeds are threshed from the Hay.

It is usually roasted and then ground before being part of numerous delicious Indian Curries.

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Cumin Seeds being photographed

The Cumin seeds being separated from the Hay  by these Gorgeous Village women.

I followed my nose to catch them unawares as they were busy processing their Harvest of Cumin.

 

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Colourful Ladies amongst Mountains of Cumin

Do have a look at a previous blog on  Fennel seeds which look very similar in shape and size.

WILD BEAUTY

The Chair set out for Anglers besides a lovely Lake was my spot to watch The Eagle Owl perched on the trees at Lakshman Sagar, Pali District, Rajasthan.

An absolutely must visit location close to Beawar and even closer to Raipur.

The picture below was taken courtesy the tiny Wagtail ( do read my blog titled WAGTAIL) taking shelter under the chair.

If you concentrate and make a huge effort you would just about discern small creepers in the crevices between the stone slabs. ( have a look between the right legs of the chair, in the direction the tail points  of this sweet birdie  )

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Gorgeous setting 

Let me zoom in and save you all the stress. Wow these gorgeous wild flowers could be little thrones for elves and fairies.

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Inconspicuous creepers

The sunlight reveals the beauty of these wonderful wild  flowers.

It is extremely difficult to identify them as they are not listed anywhere I searched.

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A closer look reveals wild beauty

Looking like Morning Glories, but virtually invisible , they are no larger than small pebbles.

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A look inside these beautiful wild flowers

This flower resembles a Petunia, but is from being anywhere near the relatively Gigantic petunis.

I wonder what they are called and what  they are famous for?

How did they come about to reside here besides the Anglers Chairs ?

 

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Rising up from the dust and soil

Another unsolved Mystery of Enchanting Nature.

BEES ,LADYBIRDS and ANISE

OUZO is a popular Drink in Greece that  is derived  from Fennel Seeds and Anise.

Fennel ( English), Saunf ( Hindi), Foeniculum vulgare ( Scientific name) is a spice or herb that has its roots and origins in the Mediterranean region.

These lovely fields of Fennel Blooms were taken in Raipur, Rajasthan near Ajmer.

Bees ( Apis cerana indica) and Ladybirds or Ladybugs ( family Coccinellidae) ,Anisolemnia dilatata ( Scientific name)  were intoxicated by the awesome fragrance that hung over these field and thronged the inflorescence in hundreds.

Need I say  more, be Enchanted.

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SCARECROW

Ladybirds act as bio-pesticides as they are the natural predators of Aphids which attack these Herbal  plants.

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LADYBIRDS and BEES
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LADYBIRD

 

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HONEYBEE and INFLORESCENCE