Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Nature Notes/In My Area


A closer look at the head
They are everywhere! It's caterpillar season!:) But rather than post every hairy scary one that I find, I decided one colourful one is enough for today's post! Aren't the patterns amazing? I found it on the leaf of the Rangoon Creeper/Quisqualis indica.
Rangoon Creeper growing near on the western side of our compound
A short note about this plant...the unique thing about this plant also known as the Chinese Honeysuckle is that the blooms are white when they first appear. Then they turn to a light shade of pink. When this change takes place, dark pink stripes form at the back of the petals. Finally the whole flower turns to a dark shade of pink before withering away. So the vine has all the colours on display.

I caught the setting sun the other day from the terrace. The way the trees lit up on that low hill on the western horizon was something I hadn't captured before. 
The White-breasted water hen

And the water hen, yes the white-breasted one, was kind enough to pose for me. If only the heat had that kind of effect on all the other birds too!!
There's so much happening all the time in the world of nature and I'm so glad to be able to share my observations on Nature Notes. For more posts that you'll surely love to read, visit Michelle at Rambling Woods, the home of Nature Notes.

11 comments:

Caroline Gill said...

Your new header picture is stunning, Kanak. I'm still waiting to see my first dragonfly or damselfly of 2012 ...

I was also thinking how well your white photo border helps the pictures to stand proud. I have been experimenting with black, on and off ... but haven't settled on a firm 'housestyle' or 'blogstyle' in that respect.

Bob Bushell said...

I love the caterpillar, lots of legs.

ShySongbird said...

A very striking and colourful caterpillar Kanak. I love the sunset photo and how nice of the White-breasted Water Hen to pose so beautifully :-)

The Purple Sunbird is stunning, so lovely against the yellow flower!

Sylvia K said...

To begin with I love your header!! Like your other captures, it is awesome! You do get the most wonderful shots of so many delightful creatures and your composition is terrific! Hope your week is going well, Kanak! Thanks for sharing the beauty!

Sylvia

Rambling Woods said...

I agree the header is amazing in detail, but you have the eye for all the small wonders of mother nature.. The sunset is just stunning..This reminds me that it will soon be caterpillar season here..Michelle

Ginny said...

Your sunset is beautiful, it looks huge!!! I am drooling over your amazing header!!!!! Did you get up real close for a macro? And he didn't fly off? Or just use a zoom? The caterpillar is beautiful, like a work of art. I think the Chinese Honeysuckle grows around here, but I have been unable to find any. I have only seen the regular and the coral.

Sallie (FullTime-Life.com said...

Everything in this post is just gorgeous -- your exotic (to me) birds and beautiful plants -- and the pretty colors on the creepy-crawly caterpillar! Also I just absolutely love your header shot!

eileeninmd said...

I love the header also, the dragonfly is gorgeous. The caterpillar is a cool looking critter and the bird is a great sighting. Wonderful photos and post.

Stephanie said...

Thanks for the vibrant Rangoon creeper. The water hen is beautiful. Good shot and I love the pic of the sun as well :-D

lotusleaf said...

The picture of the setting sun is super! I liked the catterpillar too. I wonder what butterfly it will morph into!

Libby said...

All your photos are really well done! The sunset is really wonderful!