Friday, December 31, 2010
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
We (Me and Kuttannan) went to Avalanche in November for a short filming. Avalanche named after an `avalanche’- a landslide, in 1823. We stayed in a Avalanche mund (toda village). It was a nice stay every morning I saw Nilgiri laughing thrushes coming through bushes and laughed at me (they came very close that I could not film them!). Grasses were carrying water droplets, waiting just to be absorbed by sun.
Our friends have got lots of buffalos, the famous and scared, toda buffalos. Every day I saw buffalos leaving mund by 06.30 hrs to graze in the hill slopes, and they came back themselves by evening. Evening sunlight filtering through buffalos' white (toda buffalos are not black) crest hair was a different view of sunset for me. Toda houses' roof was thatched with grass (I ve posted one photo of a toda temple in one of the previous posts). Relationship with forest is starts when a child is born, it follows in marriage and death in toda.
|Black wattle in flowering|
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
We all struggle to communicate after a sleepless night, let alone pull off our best dance moves, and it seems that honeybees are no different.
Read more about bees' struggle from this link:-
Grasslands go by many names. In the southern part of India, they are known as Pul veli (Tamil), Pul hiro (Toda), Pul medu (Malayalam) and Ullu matta (Baduga)... In the U.S. Midwest, they're known as prairies. In South America, they're called pampas. Central Eurasian grasslands are referred to as steppes, while in Africa they're named savannas.
What they all have in common is grass as their naturally dominant vegetation.
This miraculous plant covers a quarter of all the land of the earth, Grass lands exists where ever there is a little rain but not enough to sustain a forest.
When rainy season arrives, our grasslands become coated with flowers, some of which can survive well into winter with the help of underground storage organs and thick stem bases.
Grasslands are of vital importance for raising livestock for human consumption and for milk and other dairy products. My old house's roof was covered with grass, now some of the Toda houses' and all the Toda temples' roofing is done with grass (a special grass!).