Wild mushrooms of Landour, Mussoorie

Autumn season has arrived on the hillside of Landour, Mussoorie as the ferns have started to turn yellowish brown. But the forest floor is still under the spell of monsoon magic as diverse mushrooms are still springing up through the forest floors. Everyday I come across these mushrooms of different, shapes, sizes and colours. SomeContinue reading “Wild mushrooms of Landour, Mussoorie”

Monsoon blooms in the hillside: Landour, Mussoorie

With changing seasons in the hillside, the colour palette on the hill slopes also changes. It feels as if, with each changing season, nature changes its wardrobe. During the monsoons it is mostly pink, mauve, yellows and greens. While passing through the woods, I could see the graceful and tender Begonias have started blossoming. TheyContinue reading “Monsoon blooms in the hillside: Landour, Mussoorie”

Verbascum thapsus or Common Mullein: A medicinally important plant of the hills

No sooner the monsoon hits the dusty hill slopes of the hillside of Landour, Mussoorie. The tiny seeds of common Mullein germinate and peek through the picturesque landscape . Commonly known as Adam’s flannel, Beggar’s blanket and even the Candlewick plant, it is a riveting sight to see this enthralling plant species blooming in theContinue reading “Verbascum thapsus or Common Mullein: A medicinally important plant of the hills”

Nature walk with kids: Forestry for kids

It’s monsoon in the hillside and life is bustling in the woods. The ferns which went dormant are budding, mosses and fungi mushrooming everywhere, insects are busy finding shelter, along with diverse rainy day bird visitors. I thought it was a great time to familiarise children with these minute nature’s theatricals. Moreover, the children areContinue reading “Nature walk with kids: Forestry for kids”

Ganga Tulsi, Gangotri: homonym or different species?

Tulsi, an aromatic medicinal plant finds its special place in Hinduism. It is often said that the worship of lord Vishnu is incomplete without Tulsi. But the species of Tulsi used for worshipping the deity varies from place to place. Be it the famous Vrindavan, Badrinath or Gangotri, the variants of Tulsi vary altogether. MostlyContinue reading “Ganga Tulsi, Gangotri: homonym or different species?”

Katapatthar : obscure destination and nature trail

It’s the month of June and summer vacations have just begun. The monsoon season is about to begin and very soon the rivers and canals in Uttarakhand will be overflowing, so we planned for a short offbeat road trip towards the outskirts of Dehradun near a place called Katapatthar. It took us around two andContinue reading “Katapatthar : obscure destination and nature trail”

Forestry for kids: leaf prints by preschoolers

It’s a fascinating experience to familiarise little children with their surrounding trees, forests and nature. Their curious and eager minds, eager to explore the unknown, motivates them to touch, feel and sense their basic surroundings. Little children are observant and look closely at the objects of interest, be it a little lady bug inside aContinue reading “Forestry for kids: leaf prints by preschoolers”

Parody of Indian Mock Strawberry : Potentilla indica

Few days back while I was travelling from Landour to Dehradun and came across Indian Mock Strawberry spread along the lush green hill slopes. Earlier this area was covered with little yellow flowers all over but now the flowers have disappeared and little false strawberries have spanned across. Initially they appeared as if someone hasContinue reading “Parody of Indian Mock Strawberry : Potentilla indica”

Forest trails and untold stories: Mansur shrub, Landour, Mussoorie

Every step I take towards exploring the wilderness in the nature and forest, fills me with enchantment to ken many unfolded stories. Each rock, each pebble, each flower, each plant and their association with different life forms must have a distinct story to tell. Stories which will never be heard of, some lost stories andContinue reading “Forest trails and untold stories: Mansur shrub, Landour, Mussoorie”

Ecological indicators of season change (2): Ferns!!

With the onset of winters, the ferns have turned brown in the lesser Himalayas. The winter Himalayan breeze blowing through the mixed forests of Oak- Pine and Rhododendron signals the arrival of winters to the ferns, which grow alongside the moss laden tree barks and  hillslopes of this quiet hillside of Landour, Mussoorie. With theContinue reading “Ecological indicators of season change (2): Ferns!!”