The hillside of Landour is rich in diverse species of mosses and Liverworts. It is also home to a distinct liverwort species, Reboulia hemisphearica. It is also known as the Purple fringed liverwort or small mushroom headed liverwort one of the liverworts found in this part of the hillside. These liverworts appeared to me asContinue reading “Miniature forest of liverworts and mosses: Landour, Mussoorie”
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Himalayas: snow cover depletion during pandemic
It’s a known fact that the Himalayas are going through adversities of climate change but it’s yet another sight to witness it with naked eyes. Himalayas are not healthy as they were before. The extent of snow cover over the Himalayas have receded to a greater extent and it was eminent from my observation. UsuallyContinue reading “Himalayas: snow cover depletion during pandemic”
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!!”
Inception of Winterline: Mussoorie, Uttarakhand!!
We are already halfway through the month of September and one can observe the formation of winterline in the skies enveloping Landour and Mussoorie. The formation of the Winterline indicates that winter is slowly paving it’s way into the hillside of Landour, Mussoorie. Winterline is a rare phenomena where a pseudo horizon is formed atContinue reading “Inception of Winterline: Mussoorie, Uttarakhand!!”
Melodramatic Clouds: Mussoorie, Uttarakhand
With every changing seasons, the clouds in high skies of Mussoorie and Landour have always mesmerized me. It’s a miracle, how, the shapeless clouds of different shapes and sizes, floating in the air take form of various figures and realise abstract ideas and thoughts. Since ages these clouds have inspired many artists, poets and musicians.Continue reading “Melodramatic Clouds: Mussoorie, Uttarakhand”
Ecological indicators of season change (1): Cobra Lily fruiting
The month of September has begun and the Cobra-lilies have started fruiting in the hillside of Landour, Mussoorie. The fruiting of the Cobra-lilies indicate culmination of rainy season and onset of the fall. This phenomenon is nature’s own way to signal changing season. The bright red coloured fruits can draw attention of anyone passing by.Continue reading “Ecological indicators of season change (1): Cobra Lily fruiting”
Firefly appearance in Landour, Mussoorie!!
It’s first week of August and fireflies visited me again in the dark hours around midnight today. Although, I was getting reports of firefly sightings in and around Mussoorie, I didn’t witness them until one firefly entered my bedroom through the nearby Oak forest and flickered around. Last year on 4th of August, 2020, IContinue reading “Firefly appearance in Landour, Mussoorie!!”
Viridescent hillside: Landour, Mussoorie!!!
Waterfall on mountain slope, Flowing with might and strength On the rocks, into the valley, Paving way through rugged terrain.. @chandrimadebi It’s been days that I went into the verdant mountains and valleys as the hillside of Landour, Mussoorie is experiencing heavy rainfalls alongwith severe landslides and thunderstorms, So, one fine morning I finally decidedContinue reading “Viridescent hillside: Landour, Mussoorie!!!”
Avian visitors of Oak tree (Quercus leucotrichophora): pollination ecology
The incredible task carried by wildlife in executing pollination is exemplary. Pollination in plants is a crucial aspect in reproductive cycle of flowering plants. Wind and water also play role in the pollination of many plants, but to witness wildlife getting engaged in pollinating is a fascinating experience in itself. How the appealing flowers, theirContinue reading “Avian visitors of Oak tree (Quercus leucotrichophora): pollination ecology”
Scintillating clouds: Mussoorie skies 2
Sunset painted the sky with colours, Beautiful canvas, brilliant hues.. Paint our lives, O Almighty!! With colours and blessings and love multitude… @chandrimadebi Sunlight scattered and diffracted and reflected too, Creating vibrant canvas in the high skies; And the clouds passed through.. @chandrimadebi It was one busy evening while we were returning back home and theContinue reading “Scintillating clouds: Mussoorie skies 2”