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?”

Forestry for kids: Saving Deodar and Oak forest from invasive vines

Vines and climbers are certain plant species which climb by tendrils or hooks or aerial roots or twining or creeps on the ground. Besides being ornamental, these vines are a component of the biodiversity and help sequester Carbon. But it is observed that few of the climbers, act as semi-parasites on the plants they clingContinue reading “Forestry for kids: Saving Deodar and Oak forest from invasive vines”

Indian Red Admiral butterfly: Landour, Mussoorie

Today, I came across this vibrant Indian Red Admiral basking in the forest floor, while I was on my way to meet few friends. It is also known as Vanessa indica. Just like the Admiral of a troop, the Indian Red Admiral halted with poise, agile and alert. This is the spring -summer season inContinue reading “Indian Red Admiral butterfly: Landour, Mussoorie”

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”

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”

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”

Whipcord Cobra Lily: Plant mimicry

It’s normal for one to get startled when they encounter Cobra Lily for the first time in the wild. The trumpet shaped flowers along with whip-like tongue resembles as if a Cobra snake is lurking out and with its tongue. It’s monsoon in Mussoorie, Uttarakhand and Cobra lilies are in full bloom in the thickets,Continue reading “Whipcord Cobra Lily: Plant mimicry”

Bauhinia vahlii… Largest creeper and a wonder plant!!

With the onset of monsoons, the largest creeper in India, Bauhinia vahlii also known as Camel’s foot climber, locally known as Maloo climber is in full bloom along the hillslopes in the lesser Himalayas. The flowering in this plant species starts from the month of April – June. Bauhinia vahlii or Panera vahlii is aContinue reading “Bauhinia vahlii… Largest creeper and a wonder plant!!”

In conformity with nature!!

With the pandemic, lockdowns and curfews life is struck somewhere within concrete walls. One has to think many times, before taking one step out of house, ofcourse with many precautions. Eventhough we are slowly adjusting our lifestyles but still there is a longingness to reach out to the nature and outdoors. Many of us mustContinue reading “In conformity with nature!!”