Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Nature Notes/ Scenes From This Season


Although I had posted about the several caterpillars on my lemon plants, many did not survive or were devoured by other predators. The ones that made it was when I was away on holiday so I didn't see them. This is what I found this morning underneath the leaf of a ficus plant, the beautiful chrysalis of the Common Crow butterfly. I hope this one makes it.





With the rains there's a proliferation of tadpoles and water snails in the large puddles that the rain's created. The other day I saw this toad (?) in one corner of my small garden.



Although the common dragonflies are busy flitting about  our neighbourhood, the striking blue ones can only be seen on the outskirts of the city. Like this blue dragonfly that I had a tough time capturing. Despite not getting a clear shot I'm posting it anyway. You can imagine how that blue brilliance must have looked against the sunlight...something I couldn't quite get in my shot.



A kind of insect that I found in the vicinity. Not sure what this one is.
I'm so thrilled to see the blooms and fruit on my star fruit tree. It hasn't grown into a tree as yet. It's in a large pot but it looks like we'll get to relish at least a bowlful of sweet star fruit!


To see more posts on nature, visit Michelle's Rambling Woods, the home of Nature Notes.

18 comments:

eileeninmd said...

Lovely series of photos. I hope your butterfly makes it and your frog is really cute. Your fruit tree has beautiful blooms. Thanks for sharing, have a great day!

Caroline Gill said...

What an amazing toad (I'd guess it's a toad with those warty wrinkles!). How beautiful to see the blossom, too.

Bob Bushell said...

It is beautiful, nature has it's own way of telling us. And this is a way, photography.

Mary@Going Native said...

I love your post. I have never seen a clear chrysalis before. It looks like you have a very healthy garden indeed with that assortment of wildlife.

Sylvia K said...

Marvelous captures, beautiful flowers! Love the tadpole! Hope your week is going well! Enjoy!

Sylvia

Libby said...

You found so much great stuff! I like all the photos. I have never seen star fruit growing on the tree before. They are so cute when they are little like that :) Thanks for sharing these!

Rambling Woods said...

You have such a good eye for the smallest wonder in nature..You can only hope that some of the caterpillars make it to adulthood... This is lovely...Michelle

ShySongbird said...

The little chrysalis is so beautifully camouflaged and I just love that little toad :-)

I have also just enjoyed the photos of the birds at Wagah on the previous post.

Ginny said...

The beautiful Dragonfly picture is for sure worth keeping. The toad, he is a real specimen!!! Is he poisonous?

Sallie (FullTime-Life.com said...

First time I've ever seen a picture of the starfruit tree -- it's lovely.

It's a wonderful world in your part of India this season. Beautiful pictures.

Judy Royal Glenn said...

Love the photos:)

Dianne said...

I will hold good thoughts for the butterfly

the toad looks like he's wearing glasses

soho stitch said...

I've only ever seen starfruit in shops. It's such a lovely tree and your picture is beautiful :)

Amila Kanchana said...

Very interesting,good of you to share these!

lotusleaf said...

Beautiful chryallis of the common butterfly. I have never come across this. The toad is posing to be photographed, it seems!

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