Ibises at dusk

It was a bluish dusk….

Sun had set ….a faint light in the western sky…remained…

A few stars twinkled…through the clouds…

And…there was some bird calls…

Lifted my head and saw a pair of black ibises…

Then one after other quite a few flew in & settled down on the coconut trees..

They had their own favourite coconut leaves …

If they didn’t get their usual spot …they argued …

And as the lady light disappeared….

All of them had settled down…

The chaos at dusk fell silent…

First time I saw them ..near parents home…

Just a pleasant evening spent with these noisy souls….

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Blackbuckresort..Bidar (JLR)

It was a long weekend…in a small town …we are right now…not much to do..

So we thought of a getaway…& instantly decided Bidar …the fort city…

Always on our travel list but never ventured…because of the distance from Bangalore

And now it seemed very near…

But since If there is an option I avoid hotels …whatever the star ratings are they are claustrophobic…

Since we knew Junglelodges had a stayoption …it was blackbuckresort….

We started on Saturday morning…from Sangareddy..,it is less than 2 hrs drive to Bidar

It is a beautiful,breezy (literally) drive…

After an hour drive on beautiful Hyderabad Mumbai highway…

A right turn..,on to the state highway..few kms in Telangana & then my beautiful state Karnataka

It is green on either side..& some pretty sights…

Like this blue water tank ..& through our drive I realised water tanks in Telangana are painted blue! I have to confirm it though…

The blues amidst the red soil looks picturesque!

Nearing Zaheerabad…just before the railway crossing….is this beautiful white mosque …

And near the railway crossing..a small kiosk which sells fresh farm grown fruits…mangoes,guavas etc…buy them ,it comes handy in that hot weather…

Then you are near the border…

Sign says it is Karnataka….

With in no time we reached Bidar …spent 2 hrs..but that will be in Bidar post…

We drove towards JLR

12 kms on highway ,then a right turn …it is to blackbuckresort…

Muddy roads…green after recent rains…

A pretty landscape…

And it is the resort …very JLR ish…!

Checked it in…comfortable cottages…all of them face….the lake….

A #roomwithview

Lunch place….

After lunch rested for 2 hrs…& then the so called safari time…

Story about blackbucks

Many years ago blackbucks came to quench their thirst…morning & evening

But now they have migrated to the other edge of the forest..almost near Bidar city..

And besides the forest ….there are grasslands…adjacent to airport walls…

They now spend their mornings & evenings in those grasslands…

About 15 mins drive we were there…

And there were blackbucks..,,

Sometimes hundreds of them..,

We saw 3- 4 groups…

And sighted 3-4 varieties of birds…which we hadn’t seen earlier..

Like the Indian cursor!

These three pics are by my husband Dr.Vijay.

It is a good sighting…worth that dust & drive

Then back to the resort ….

Evening was giving way to dusk…,

Coffee was served in the balcony…langur was the company….

Slowly the colours changed…

From yellow to orange to pink to mauves….

Quietude….peace….

Forget the blackbucks….just these stolen moments from the chaotic world .. this faraway trip is worth ….

Dusk & nightfall soon followed…

The langur rested on the same tree for the night…

He/she watched me & I watched him/her…

No words but yet that feel good feeling

And in cities one never gets to see a real dark night …simply because the lights galore…

Here it was the light of the crescent moon & her mate Venus….

And millions of other stars…& around us were the twinkling fireflies…

These simple joys …never found in mad cities…

And it was time to retire for the night…

Morning after coffee …one can go for a walk or a trek…

After breakfast…..

We checked out to visit other places in Bidar …

Is this trip worth?

It is …if you reside near by…

Or if you have planned a trip to Bidar ..

we enjoyed this short stay ….

Lost in clouds

Just lying down …

On the wet grass ..doing nothing…

Is not a crime…

A quote says…

Feel the same…when I sit & stare at clouds….

This evening…marvellous skies…

Perks of small towns..

A water body very near…don’t even have to drive …a long distance…

At the edge of the campus…not a soul around ..

Just us..,he is busy watching football match…

Me…my iPhone….the quiet waters ….swallows with their last flight before night…

Shorebirds flying back home…

The soft breeze….& those clouds…with their own designs …

A photoblog….of cloudscape…

And the last bird…flying home …

Not in a hurry…not a bit worried about the dark rain clouds…not tensed about the approaching night..,

Slowly…in its own pace…very sure of reaching where it is supposed to reach….

Flies the lone stork….high up amidst those clouds…..

My few stolen moments with the bird…& clouds..& skies…..

As the night falls…calm descends too

White mushrooms

Like…..mushrooms in the rain….

A saying in English ….

Often wondered what that means….

But…non stop rains for past few days…

I found the answer….

An old park bench..I often like to sit…

Last week …there weren’t any signs of any mushrooms…

There was just green grass all around

& this morning….

These…tiny…white mushrooms…were in all glory

From far looked like snow….

Went near..reminded me of snowdrop flowers

I stood…& stared…

Then I sat on the bench…

Admired it up close & personal….

Took some pics…

As I left…looked at them one last time…

They won’t be there for long…

Nature…always surprises…you..

&

Remembered a Russian adage…,

White mushrooms are tiny..

But they are noble ..,

For sure…they radiated..that nobleness…

To the moon and back

As the blues..yellows…oranges..pinks…

Disappeared…at dusk..

To give way…to a dark night.,I thought…

How wrong was I ….

In the eastern skies…I saw a warm yellow glow…it was the moon rising at the horizon…

She looked almost like a full moon..

Although..,a day or two away from that..I suppose..,

That dark stillness…it doesn’t matter to her ..at all…

As I sat & stared…at her…

A thought crossed my mind..

What if moon…were to be an human??!

Would she be proud?

Would she be mean?

Would she be self-centred?

Probably yes…., or may be not?!

But then…I thought…

Let her be herself…

Let her be there…wherever she is right now ..

Let her ..,be as divine & as pure…as she is…

And

Let her shine the way she does ..

And..

Let her remain the same soothing emotion…

And..

Whatever that expression means…

To the #moonandback..,

I just want to say that…