I am very fond of clicking flowers, though recently it does not reflect in my posts. So I am going to correct it. Today I am going to post a bunch of flowers all clicked around Jagatsukh. And I have enough flowers for 2-3 weeks and that is without rummaging my folders!
Yellow Flowering Vine
When we took an auto from Manali to Jagatsukh I had spotted this vine then itself. I knew I was going to walk that way just to click this picture. I tried very hard to identify this but could not find the name. I have been lucky with every other flower in this post but not this one. So if you know the name do drop in a comment.
Then while walking back from my waterfall I spotted these Daffodils growing in a pot close to the wall of a house. Now I rarely get to see them in the northern plains so I had to stop and click. Till date none of the house owners have objected to me clicking flowers but their dogs are another matter!
Then a little later I saw two pots full of Grape Hyacinths and I climbed on a road side barrier to get closer to them. A granny from the house came out, smiled at me when she saw I was clicking her flowers. I id all these flowers using Flowers of India website. After getting a probable match I do a Google search to get more images and confirm my id. During my search I was floored by this picture of Grape Hyacinths.
I saw these while I was walking in another direction, towards Kakhnal which is a small village towards Naggar. These lovely yellow Kerria Doubles were overflowing over a wall. After this point I once again turned back to sit down at a dhaba to have a cup of tea and then walk back to Jagatsukh.
Apricot and Mustard Blossoms
But I think this Apricot tree in a mustard field was my most impressive sighting. This was once again on the walk towards Kakhnal. This field was quite close to Jagatsukh market once I crossed the bridge over the river. It is such a pleasure to walk around in Spring!
I think soon the mustard would be harvested. I get to see the fields every year and big ones too. But I never stop on the way to my work to click a picture. But there is another one in the neighborhood too which I get to see on my bird round. Don’t the yellow flowers look pretty?
This Sunday I went on the bird round along with Brat 1 (my elder nephew). With him I can venture out further. Got some bird pictures but also realized that I could photograph the mustard fields nearby. But the trouble on Sunday was that I only had the 70-300mm zoom lens with me. So, I photographed the fields with my cell phone.
I have been drooling over the mustard fields since the last year. I see huge ones on my way to work but never managed to stop and photograph them. I am waiting for the coming weekend (I know it is a bit early to wait for the weekend on a Tuesday) when I will venture out armed with the wide angle lens as well. Finally, I do not need to stop on my way to work to photograph a mustard field.
I started my India travel blog, Travel Tales from India in 2005. In 2016 I realized Travel Tales from India and Abroad better reflected my writings. I love to walk and ride in metros around the world. I have not been everywhere, I am not even close, but it is on my list. I also quit my job as a professor in 2015, it was a happening year! I did a Ph.D. from IIT Kanpur ages ago!
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