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Friday, August 28, 2015

Sky and River Watch

On 27th August 2015 we travelled by road from Trichy to Coimbatore. The roads were excellent but mostly single lane except for short stretches of three lane highway.heavy truck traffic impeded our progress. We travelled parallel to the river Cauvery for a considerable distance. There is a point in the river where it is the widest. This point is called the Akhanda Cauvery. Since there has been good rainfall in Karnataka and surplus water has been let out into Tamilnadu Metttur Dam has good storage and hence we could see fair amount of water in the river.
The sky shot was taken nearer to Coimbatore.There was generally bright sunshine and since we were traveling west wards the suns rays were falling directly on my eyes making driving difficult even with the sun visors lowered. We had some relief when the sun briefly went behind some clouds and that's when I clicked the sky.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

OUR LITTLE PUMPKIN PATCH

I am posting some pictures of our little pumpkin patch. We sowed some seeds around 3 months back and now the plants have grown prodigiously. We see beautiful yellow flowers every morning. But alas we are yet to see any pumpkins. I understand that there are male and female flowers and only when cross pollination takes place pumpkins will appear. We are anxiously awaiting appearance of little pumpkins :)


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Saturday, August 22, 2015

Mushrooms

Doesn't this nice and fluffy mushroom look delicious and edible - like an Uthappam or Appam ? Most mushrooms are edible but some are poisonous and must be avoided. How do you then decide whether the mushroom you are looking at is edible or not ?

Nagapushpam or Pennatulacea

Some call it a Nagapushpam because it looks like a hooded snake. Actually this is a marine species called sea pens or Pennatulecea. Sea pens are all colonial, marine species. They have earned the name because many species, but certainly not all, look like an antique quill pen. There are multiple polyps on each colony, and each polyp has eight arms, as one should expect from a member of the subclass Octocorallia. In contrast to other octocorals, the polyps of sea pens specialize to perform specific tasks, like feeding or reproduction. All colonies have a central stem.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Independence Day through Whatsapp

This year Independence Day pictures were prodigiously shared on whatsapp by a large cross section of people in India and abroad. I am sharing some of the several pictures I received.The current generation takes plenty of pride in knowing more about India's Independence struggle and sharing the joy of freedom accomplished through through decades of struggle.Mera Bharath Mahan - Sare Jahan Se Accha !


Saturday, August 8, 2015

Happy Streets Coimbatore

Today is Happy Streets in Coimbatore. First city in Tamilnadu to launch this. Venue: DB Road and TVSwamy Road. Will be on for 52 weeks every Sunday between 7.00 AM - 10.00 AM. Main activities will be Cycling,Yoga Dancing & a variety of Sports including football cricket badminton. Inaugurated by Coimbatore Commissioner, Corporation Commissioner & Police Commissioner. DJ in attendance.
Huge attendance today.Actor Arya made a brief appearance. So much enthusiasm energy and exuberance exhibited by Coimbatoreans. Attended by young and old alike. Looks like this is going to be a grand succes.