Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Nature Notes/ A Trip To Shillong

Golden-flowered Dendrobium/Dendrobium Chrysanthum
Although I was away from blogdom, the camera never left my side. And I'm glad I can share these pictures today. Usually I post about my immediate surroundings, the flowers that I grow, and the winged visitors that I get in abundance. But today it's all about visiting a cooler place, Shillong, where the summer temperatures vary between 24 and 27 degrees Celsius and the flowers that wouldn't thrive in our humidity flourish there. The above photo was taken outside the Don Bosco museum.

 This variety of lily grows in the wild. And all along the road I saw several clumps.
 The restaurant that we went to had new plantings of this variety of impatiens. It could be Impatiens pulcherrima/Handsome flowered Balsam.

Lush hanging plants adorned several baskets all along the entrance path.
Stone seats were placed next to a waterfall which also had an angler placed on a vantage point.

For men may come and men may go, but I fish on for ever.....

 Dry ingredients were attractively displayed. Those leaves are Indian bayleaves known in India as Tejpatta. Unlike the Mediterranean bay leaf, this one has more of a cinnamon flavour. More dried display can be seen in the photo below.



 Post lunch we headed to the Elephant Falls, another must-see spot in Shillong. The light was fading so the moss on the tree that I captured (below) doesn't show up that well.


Part of the city of Shillong as seen from Shillong Peak
Our last stop for the day was Shillong Peak, the highest point in Shillong. Although we've been there several times, travelling with children ( my sister's) makes every trip a wonderfully new experience. Once the photos were taken, we huddled back to the warmth of the car. It'd rained in the afternoon and the peak was windy. And we are certainly not used to sudden cold!! But that was also the fun part...to experience weather so different from ours, to tighten the shawl/cardigan around our chests and experience a sudden gust of winter in the middle of summer. An experience most likely to be repeated next year!!

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12 comments:

'Tsuki said...

Nature take so many different but beautiful faces around the world... Thanks you so much for sharing this one with us.

Sylvia K said...

So much beauty! I love your captures for the day, particularly the "fisherman" and the waterfalls!! Thanks indeed for sharing them with us!!

eileeninmd said...

Beautiful flowers and your photos are gorgeous. The waterfalls is pretty, what a nice place to visit. Thanks for sharing.

Rambling Woods said...

Cooler sounds good after the summer heat we are having. What a beautiful location with the flowers and the falls. I love the photo taken overlooking the city..it sounds like you had a wonderful time....Michelle

Carver said...

Great shots of this beautiful place. I am not a big fan of heat so that sounds like pleasant summer temperatures.

ShySongbird said...

It looks like a lovely place to visit Kanak and your photos are lovely too. The flowers are colourful, love the Golden-flowered Dendrobium. The Elephant Falls are really beautiful!

I gazed at the angler for ages trying to decide if he was real!!! ;-)

Twenty four to twenty seven degrees Celsius is hot to us :-)

Nature Rambles said...

Jan...that angler wasn't real!! Our summer temps go up to nearly 40 degrees so that was a cool break for us! You're lucky not having to experience that kind of heat!;)

Pat said...

What a beautiful place! Great photos!

Arati said...

lovely, you make me want to plan a visit to the northeast

lotusleaf said...

LOvely photos, Kanak! I remember our trip to Shillong . Glad you are back in Blogland:)

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Debosmita Roy said...

Thank you for the informative post on Shillong trip.The pictures are amazing. Shillong is known as "The Abode of Clouds"and is a famous tourist destination. Check places to visit in Shillong for detailed information.