Monday, May 28, 2012

Orange Dragonfly

An orange dragonfly perched on the leaf of a Mangosteen tree in my backyard, I doubt if it was a Rufous Marsh Glider (Rhodothemis rufa), not sure, because they are normally more reddish than this one.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Rock Pigeons

Here are some pictures of pigeons which regularly visit our house. 

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

May 22 - World Biodiversity Day

Here comes another day for us to think of the wealth of our Earth - The Biodiversity. With millions of species, ranging from the microscopic amoeba to the huge blue whale, our Earth is really rich. 

The idea of biodiversity came out during the UN Earth Summit held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 1992, and the Biodiversity Day was celebrated on every December 29th from 1993 to 1999. Due to certain difficulties, from 2000 onwards the day is being held on every May 22nd. These are only some history, and the more important thing is something else.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Hibiscus Flowers - 3

The previous two posts were also on hibiscus flowers - 'Hibiscus Flowers' and 'Hibiscus Flowers - 2'. In the first one, Red hibiscus, orange double layered, orange were given and in the second, Japanese Lantern, sleeping hibiscus and red-rose hibiscus were given. And now this is the continuation . . . As in the previous posts, here also three more varieties are given. 


1. Pale Orange

Pale Orange Hibiscus

Monday, May 14, 2012

Hibiscus Flowers - 2

This is the continuation of my previous post 'Hibiscus Flowers'. There I had given three varieties - Red Hibiscus ( Hibiscus rosa - sinesis ), Orange with two layers, and Orange with five petals. Here is another three varieties.

1. Japanese Lantern
This one is Hibiscus schizopetalus and its common name is Japanese Lantern. There are five petals and the petals are split. This feature of the petals is its main attraction. Also, it always hangs vertically downwards.

Hibiscus - Japanese Lantern

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Hibiscus Flowers

Hibiscus is one of the most popular flowering plants. There are a large number of species under it. This post will be having one or two parts more. Through these I wish to share some varieties of hibiscus that I have seen. Here I am sharing three of them.

1. Red Hibiscus

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Frangipani Flowers

Frangipani or Plumeria ( chempakam / chempa ) is a beautiful flowering tree having white flowers with five petals. There are also other varieties of Frangipani with red and yellow colors. The one which I am sharing here is Plumeria obtusa. And here are some photos of such a Frangipani tree, taken during different season. I was watching it from the last flowering season to the present, and it was easy as it was near to my home. 

These three were taken on last October . . .

Frangipani or Plumeria obtusa or Chempakam