The new balsam plant (Impatiens Balsamina) has started flowering. It’s bright red flowers amidst green leaves look beautiful. Probably, this fly too could not resist the bright colours.. it came to visit and take a closer look.
Another little fellow was also visiting… he had landed straight into the flower and busy exploring it inside out.
After a week of thunderstorms, the last two days have been sunny and bright. Many reptile neighbours have started dropping by for visits. There was a snake in the backyard 2 days back, followed by nightly rush of flying drywoodtermites, and a variety of snails.
We saw this big snail today. It was slowly making his way towards the front yard steps, while I focussed the camera.
It changed direction and started moving towards me. It came close, waving it’s feelers. It inched close to the camera, almost touching the lens.
I stood still, afraid that I would make the snail withdraw into it’s shell. It waited for sometime, turning and waving it’s feelers around. By then, I had stepped back… sensing nothing around, it turned back and continued it’s walk.
A demolished house… with bright blue walls. Roof tiles were no where to be seen, along with the doors and windows. Bright colours disguise the age of this house.
Yet one more structure brought down, making way for a shiny multi storey concrete house. Old making way for the new.
I sometimes accompany my sister on her weekly village visits. She visits a village near Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu, South India. Coconut grooves, vegetable farms and corn fields fill the country side here. With rain showers scattered throughout the year, these villages always wear a lush green look.
While towns are preferred destinations for textile mills; small scale manufacturing industries ranging from electronics, machinery, copra, paper etc are a common site in the countryside, rubbing shoulders with coconut grooves. Education is fast spreading in rural areas. Migration to cities is lesser here than in other parts of the state, partly due to fertile lands and partly due to export options for manufctured goods.
Here are a few shots of the village children. Their smile is infectious, smile and enjoy them 🙂
Boys with their best smiles
Girls and shy smiles
I too can smile
Parting shot, cheerful good byes
Awaiting the next trip… Stay tuned for more villages and photos.