Thursday, September 26, 2013

BOATany class in Konkan

No, this was not a dream. I had not even imagined to listen to the botany class sitting in a boat. But it happened. For the first time, on a hot weekend afternoon I realized that I was actually sitting in a boat and listening to the botany class. It was a great feeling and a great learning of course on Mangroves and their diversity around the Konkan coast. Thanks to my botany teacher and a good friend Swapna Prabhu who is working on conserving mangroves across the Konkan coast for organizing this field trip and taking us through amazing plant diversity in and around Ratnagiri. And thanks to my Field Botany Course with Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS), I am getting to learn a thing or two. Here are some panoramic photographs from my recent field botany camp to Ratnagiri and around.

Ratnagiri beach

scared places and sacred groves

Mucky waters with piercing barnacles to walk on

On the way to the creek

Swapna Prabhu talking about mangroves
Two boat full of enthusiastic botany students

the coast

Rocky Plateaus

Flower carpets on the Plateaus

cloud play over the plateaus


Thursday, September 19, 2013

Orchid Show 2013

Do attend! More details visit

Monday, September 16, 2013

rains, lakes and happiness

Its raining good this year and hence most of the lakes are full. The two small rainwater storage lakes in our experimentation ground is full as well. Perhaps, the best rains in the past 10-15 years they say! It is good to see green and wet everywhere, plants in the fields are happy, farmers are happy.

Ragi to the left and Togari (Toor Dal) to the right

Togari fields

Rainwater storage pond

Sapota trees and the veggie patch

rainwater storage pond (sunken ponds)

Chapparadaverekai (Flat beans)



rainwater in the pits 


where wild lives

the first one

Chillies and the spinach plant

the dwarf one


Okra flower



cluster bean


the round one

Wild Glory lilies - Gloriosa superba