Tag Archives: Tamilnadu

Indian Common Crow – Bird

The house crow comes under the family, called Corvids, and is further grouped under the genus Corvus comprising rooks, crows and ravens. Corvus is now placed at the highest pinnacle of the bird classification order, not surprising considering the known intelligence of this group of birds.

They are known for their problem-solving skills and amazing communication skills. For example, when a crow encounters a mean human, it will teach other crows how to identify the human. In fact, research shows that crows don’t forget a face or, suddenly, swooping down from the tree to give a peck on a street walker’s head for the heck of it!

People have recorded the incidence of the crows dropping hard nuts that they can’t crack on the center of the road, get it crushed by the fast moving vehicles and keep track of spraying fragments and pick them up later when the road becomes empty.

Crow’s are really one of the challenging subject to photograph as to bring out correct dark shades or the mix of bluish black, gray colors with top quality details requires lots of practice and patience as crows are swift movers.

Like many well known people the Indian famous cartoonist R.K.Laxman’s favorite bird is Crow. I have lots in my birds category collection of these most Intelligent bird.

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Verbal spar over lunch meeting of crows.

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Crow by the side of a small garden pond waiting for me get out of the sight before he can quench his thirst.

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The Lemon Pansy – Butterfly:

The Lemon Pansy – Butterfly:  Scientific Name : Junonia lemonias

The Lemon Pansy butterfly (Junonia lemonias) the most common of the 6 pansies, found in parks and gardens in most parts of the India.

The Lemon Pansy butterfly (Junonia lemonias) feeds on yellow Cosmos flower field.

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Pansy butterfly on staircase wall and another on ground sucking moisture and salt for living.

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Patterns & designs on inner and outer wings of Pansy Butterfly.

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Fruits Special:

Fruits Special post – Basket of assorted fruits.

Colors galore, inviting and mouth watery; Fresh Orange, Mango, pomegranates, grapes and musk melon fruit stack at a fruit market in Chennai, India.

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Orange stack

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Kallanai Dam: Trichy, TN India

Kallanai dam is built on the river of Cauvery in the state of Tamilnadu India. Kallanai is known as Grand aniacut built by the Chola king Karikalan around the 1st century AD. Kallanai dam in Trichy is considered to be one of the oldest water-regulator structures in the world that is still in use.

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Indian Pigeon Bird:

Rock Pigeon (Columba livia) Columbiform, also called Rock Dove, is a widespread and very common resident in India.

Tree top Rock Pigeon; though snapped in remote no man’s land but looks like an escaped domestic Pigeon as seen from the wire tags around both the legs 😉 (Second Image).

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Rain Tree Flower:-

Rain tree, Coco tamarind (Samanea saman) Flowering tree close up with buds.

Common name: Rain Tree, Coco tamarind, Acacia preta, French tamarind, Saman, Monkey pod • Hindi: गुलाबी सिरिस Gulabi Siris, Vilaiti siris • Bengali: Biliti siris • Tamil: Amaivagai, Thoongumoonji maram.

Botanical name: Albizia saman (Jacq.) Merr. Albizia saman   Family: Mimosaceae (Touch-me-not family) Synonyms: Samanea saman, Acacia propinquaMimosa saman

Rain tree flower

Large, handsome and spreading, the Rain Tree is easily recognised by its umbrella like canopy of evergreen, feathery foliage and puffs of pink flowers. Samanea saman meaning “rain”, but in India it is believed that the name was given because of a curious habit possessed by the tree of intermittently spraying the ground beneath with moisture. Later it was discovered that this was caused by multitudinous minute insects. The fruit is a fleshy pod, sweet to the taste and much relished by squirrels, horses and cattle.

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Street Flower seller:

Street shot of a woman with basket of Marigold and Jasmine flowers on head, Chennai, India.

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Interior Roof Dome:

Interior roof dome design, patterns, wood works and lighting at Hotel Taj Chennai India.

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Cluster of small blossoms; Chinese Ixora:

Chinese Ixora flower bunch also known as jungle geranium is actually a cluster of many small blossoms formed into a huge ball. Photographed in a thickly wooded hilltop isolated area at Yercaud, TN, India.

Botanical name: Ixora chinensis    Family: Rubiaceae (coffee family)

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There are about 400 species of Ixora of which the majority are endemic in India, China and Malaysia. Today a large number of cultivars of Ixora coccinea and Ixora chinensis are being cultivated throughout the tropics for their long lasting flowers and attractive shiny leaves. The forms of Ixora chinensis are usually growing only 2.5′ to 3′ high (0.75m to 0.90m ), with colors ranging from white to pink and orange.

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Dravidian Temple Towers:

Dravidian architecture was a style of architecture that emerged thousands of years ago in the Southern part of the Indian subcontinent or South India, built by the Dravidian peoples. It consists primarily of pyramid shaped structures called Kopurams in Tamil which are dependent on intricate carved stone in order to create a step design. Dravidian architecture temple tower consist of many statues of deities, warriors, kings, dancers and animals.

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Mentioned as one of three styles of temple building in the ancient book Vastu shastra, it originated mainly in the region of Tamilnadu. The majority of the existing buildings are located in the Southern Indian states of Tamilnadu, Karnataka, Kerala, and Andhra pradesh. Various kingdoms and empires such as the Cholas, Chera, Pandyas, Pallavas, Rashtrakutas, Chalukyas, Hoysalas, and Vijayanagara Empire amongst many others have made a substantial contribution to the evolution of Dravidian architecture through the ages. Dravidian styled architecture can also be found in parts of North India, Northeastern and central Sri Lanka, Maldives, and various parts of Southeast Asia, Angkorwat in Cambodia and Prambanan in Indonesia were built based on early Dravidian Architecture.

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