Thursday, February 4, 2016

Year of the Monkey



The Chinese new year begins on February and it is the Year of the Monkey, specifically Fire Monkey. Here is my painting of monkey sitting on a stack of  teacups waiting for the birdie to fly up with the tea bag to commemorate the year. Chai is tea in Indian language.



Last week I posted photos of fauna of Wayanad, Kerala, India. This week I am posting some flora of the place.

Toddy tapper climbing up the palm tree.




Coffee beans fresh and green



Palm trees and coconut trees


Coconut fruits
Tea plantation




Thanks for visiting. Thanks for all those who visited and left comments last week. I always reciprocate except when it is a wordpress blog. For some reason, I am not able to leave a comment even using my Facebook account. I hope to get the problem fixed.

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Thursday, January 28, 2016

India Travels



One of the best highlights of my visit to Chennai, India this month is the 4-day trip to Wayanad with my sister. Wayanad, located in the neighboring state of Kerala is a lush mountainous and fertile region that receives nearly 3000 mm of rains annually. Cash crops such as  coffee, tea, cardamom, pepper and cloves are grown as much in the backyards of individual homes as in big plantations.  The landscape is quite unspoiled even though Wayanad aspires to be a tourist destination. From the mountains to the lakes to free roaming fauna, there is a lot to delight the senses and lift the spirits. 

The sketch above was inspired by the kingfisher I spotted from the balcony of my room at the resort. It stationed itself on the wood stump by the lake for more than an hour trying to catch a fish, alas without luck. So, I took the artistic liberty of giving it the catch.

Below are some of the photos of the fauna that I took. Enjoy.





This female elephant was placidly grazing by the roadside when it got spooked by the sound of her jeep. She lumbered off to join the calf behind the bush.






Male elephant.



Elephant herd from a distance.



Male and female Indian spotted deer.








Egrets, storks and herons by the mucky lotus pond.











I was very circumspect when I took these pictures of the monkeys at the park. These monkeys hang around humans and know their ways. I was worried that the monkey would get upset at my taking its picture and snatch my camera!





Finally, a few snapshots of the kingfisher that inspired the sketch above.







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Thursday, December 17, 2015

After Midnight

This is a mixed media collage based on a photo I took of the marquee of the musical After Midnight. It was a dance musical revue based on the 1930s Harlem Cotton Club and featured songs by Duke Ellington, Cab Calloway and many other jazz luminaries of that period. It was a fabulous 90-minute non-stop song and dace show. I greatly enjoyed it.

The year is coming to a close and this is probably my last post for the year. I wish you all a happy and healthy holiday season and a very happy 2016.

Before signing off, here are some more pictures from my visits to various museums in Santa Fe.

First Native-American Saint

The photos below are from the Museum of Indian Arts ad Culture. These are artwork installed outside on the museum grounds called Sculpture Garden.












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