2011 December 8
Travel Trance

Stream Ruby (Rhinocypha bisignata) Male

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A few nice India images I found:

Stream Ruby (Rhinocypha bisignata) Male

Image by kadavoor
A small black and red damselfly with red iridescent streaks on wings.

Eyes are blackish brown. Thorax is black with two triangular orange-red spots. On sides, it has a narrow rusty stripe and below that another broken rusty stripe is also present.

Wings are transparent and amber tinted. Forewings are tipped black with brilliant coppery sheen. Hind wings black tipped with two series of elongated brilliant iridescence.

Abdomen is black, marked with yellow from segments 1-5.

Very common in hill streams. Males are very conspicuous and hover over streams. Frequently sit on boulders and twigs. Females are more elusive.

Taken at Kadavoor, Kerala, India

www.asia-dragonfly.net/globalResults.php?Species=661

Taj after sunset

Image by betta design
More info: / Mais informação:
Photos are not allowed inside the monument so this link to a virtual tour is worth it.

This for a virtual tour: www.taj-mahal.net/
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taj_Mahal


To browse through my photos of India using flickriver/ Para ver minhas fotos da India com o flickriver


Or here to see photos with descriptions / ou aqui para ler as descrições das fotos

Malabar Torrent Dart (Euphaea fraseri) Female

Image by kadavoor
Female is similar to male; however the azure blue and red area of thorax and abdomen are replaced by dull yellow. Eyes are dark brown above and bluish grey below. Legs are greyish yellow. Wings are transparent and covered with blackish brown. Hindwing lacks iridescent apices of males. Wing spot is black. The segments 1-7 of abdomen are black above and it is yellow on sides and below, with a black longitudinal stripe.

Presence of damselflies such as Malabar Torrent Dart indicates unpolluted hill streams.

Taken at Kadavoor, Kerala, India

www.asia-dragonfly.net/globalResults.php?Species=75

Avial – Chekele

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Chekele performed live by Avial at Kyra, Bangalore.
Video Rating: 5 / 5

Buy Tourism Online – BTO 2011

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Check out these tourism images:

Buy Tourism Online – BTO 2011
tourism

Image by brasilnaitalia
Info and credits to:
www.brasilnaitalia.net

Buy Tourism Online – BTO 2011
tourism

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Budget Traveller

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www.brasilnaitalia.net

christmas internet surfing

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christmas internet surfing

Image by wolfgangfoto
seen in a great shop in berlin

Onam Special-Interview with Mohanlal – clip 03

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Interview with Mohanlal-A Chat Show

Day 5: Kolam

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Some cool India images:

Day 5: Kolam

Image by Jess and Colin
A girl in a primary class at the Abacus Montessori School in Chennai repairs a floor kolam outside her classroom, while an observer from the visiting AMI conference looks on.

(Kolam – From Wikipedia:

“Kolam (Tamil: ????? kõla?) is a form of sandpainting that is drawn using rice powder by female members of the family in front of their home. It is widely practised by Hindus in South India. A Kolam is a sort of painted prayer — a line drawing composed of curved loops, drawn around a grid pattern of dots.

Kolams are thought to bestow prosperity to homes. Every morning in southern India, millions of women draw kolams on the ground with white rice powder. Through the day, the drawings get walked on, rained out, or blown around in the wind; new ones are made the next day. Every morning before sunrise, the floor is cleaned with water, the universal purifier, and the muddy floor is swept well for an even surface. The kolams are generally drawn while the surface is still damp so that it is held better. Occasionally, cow-dung is also used to wax the floors. Cow dung has antiseptic properties and hence provides a literal threshold of protection for the home. It also provides contrast with the white powder.
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Decoration was not the sole purpose of a Kolam. In olden days, kolams used to be drawn in coarse rice flour, so that the ants don’t have to work so hard for a meal. The rice powder is said to invite birds and other small critters to eat it, thus inviting other beings into one’s home and everyday life: a daily tribute to harmonious co-existence.”)

DAD

Image by Easa Shamih (eEko) | P.h.o.t.o.g.r.a.p.h.y
In loving memories of my DAD.

Kanakakkunnu Palace,
Trivandrum, India

The gorgeous gaur

Image by Shachi Sitaram
This fellow strode nonchalantly across the jungle trail, even as he munched his way through the evening. Date should read June 17, 2011.

Some basic information about his brethren gathered from a few sources on the internet: The heaviest and most powerful of all wild cattle, the gaur or Indian bison is a threatened species. Adult gaur bulls can grow to a height of almost two metres, and weigh between 650 kg and 1000 kg. Living in small herds ranging from three to twelve animals, they are largely confined to evergreen forests, semi-evergreen, and moist deciduous forest. An ash-coloured forehead and white-stockinged feet are characteristic of the species.

There are only around 12,000 to 22,000 gaurs in the wild in India. While gaur have few natural enemies owing to their formidable size and power, their numbers are declining. The key reasons: shrinking habitat and bovine diseases.

Pudding

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A few nice fruit salad images I found:

Pudding

Image by psd

The feast

Image by patty_mitchell

Orange and Radicchio Salad – top

Image by avlxyz
Recipe:
- Stuffed Sardines, by Rosa Mitchell of Journal Canteen, Australian Gourmet Traveller magazine
- Stuffed Sardines – Cook (almost) anything at Least Once – recipe by Rosa Mitchell of Journal Canteen, Australian Gourmet Traveller magazine, February 2010

KERALA TOURISM presents Arattupuzha Pooram. Video production & Webcast – Invis Multimedia

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Arattupuzha Pooram 2011

Nelliyampathy is a hill station in Palakkad district, Kerala.
Video Rating: 5 / 5

Theyyam photos

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Theyyam

Image by CosmicDust

Munnar

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A few nice munnar images I found:

Munnar

Image by Shachi Sitaram
Taken on film.

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