AN AERIAL SURVEY OF A FOREST OF FLOWERS

Old Rose ? Pls identify this gorgeous tree

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AN AERIAL SURVEY OF A FOREST OF FLOWERS

The pictures that follow beautifully  describes the magic of nature through wildflowers.

This gorgeous tree was bursting with old rose colored flowers near the wetlands near Greater Noida. NOW IDENTIFIED as ATHEL PINETamarix aphylla 

For the drones buzzing in delight  it was  indeed a FOREST OF FLOWERS. The fragrance of the flowers was driving  them crazy with joy. They flew, jumped and cartwheeled all over the flowers.

flowers drive them beserk
flowers drive them berserk

The monsoon clouds and gentle breeze made the moment memorable.

step back
the larger picture

The entire forest of flowers swayed in the gentle breeze teasing the bees, out on an aerial survey.

Is it not gorgeous
Is it not gorgeous

Am unable to identify the tree ? Any comment?

NOW IDENTIFIED as ATHEL PINETamarix aphylla 

HUSH, WALLS HAVE EARS

A short drive off the Yamuna Expressway , in a farm at Village Parsaul in Greater Noida.

It seems the horse was actually listening to our conversation.

Do notice how the tips of the ears are turned inwards.

Walls do have ears
Walls do have ears

Experts please identify the breed. 

Have been nominated for an award. Am happy, what the award is about, am clueless.

Nominated for the Liebster award
Nominated for the Liebster award

What is not as abstract is that I posted all of 50 blogs. All within a month.

50 Posts
Yeah, 50 Posts

ONE, NO TWO, OH THREE, SORRY IT’S A PARTY OF FOUR

When I started blogging a month ago , one of the first posts were those  of these magnificent birds called THE SARUS CRANES (Grus antigone ) .Posted them under a title URBAN FORESTS, do check it out.

They are the largest flying cranes ( males grow upto 6ft )  in the WORLD .   To know more check out https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sarus_crane.

Unfortunately these could be last sightings of this unique and very special  Crane in this location as the area has been earmarked for “ high-rise buildings “.

These romantic and gorgeous  Sarus Cranes are  losing their habitat rapidly and are marked VULNERABLE by IUCN. They are, as you read in Wikipedia , Google etc,.  Unique to  INDIA.

The joy of spotting and locating these birds in the wetlands and paddy fields is unparalleled..It is neither  a zoo, a national park,  or  a bird  sanctuary , these wetlands are their homes.   They come and go as they please, in  absolute FREEDOM.

You will visit them in their homes without any tickets or permissions.

In order to give an idea of the size of the Sarus,  is this picture of a single  male Sarus Crane with two crows for company.

SEE THE SCALE
  ONE

The Sarus Cranes bond for life, they are MONOGAMOUS for LIFE.  Both male and female take turns in nursing their eggs.

a couple , its two
a couple , its two

The mating display is spectacular and can beat any Opera in the World hollow.

oops missed a step
oops missed a step

Do notice the backdrop as well , it is their natural habitat. Now they are three.

three
                                   three

Sorry, it’s a party of Four.

Pack your cameras and rush before  blocks  of cement and tonnes of Steel are poured on these rich wetlands and  fields , converting  their homes into  our homes.

four
 sorry, it is a party of four

It reminds me of the movie AVATAR in which vast forests  of the planet Pandora are destroyed. The difference being:  this is for REAL .

TAKE OFF ON A HIGH : DOPE FOR FREE

It is often my friends and I drive down to this gorgeous wetland near Delhi which is home to the fabulous  Sarus Cranes.( see the featured image) .

However this trip ; the flora had me   knocked  out. I share this  herbaceous and fascinating  plant Cannabis sativa with you.

Just a short drive from where Formula One Cars zip ( near Greater Noida)  is this Road of Cannabis growing wild and free.

The cannabis bushes on either side of the road are about 7 feet high( over 2 m). The road/ dirt track  stretches for several kilometers.

The cannabis road
The cannabis road

A local villager who accompanied us mentions that all need to do is rub the leaves between your hands for about 10 minutes. Then ingress it  by smoking and you are knocked out for two days.It was surely the HIGH ROAD.

Cannabis Sativa
Cannabis Sativa

Cannabis sativa does have medicinal properties. What is amazing is the amount that is growing wild.