Sunday, January 29, 2012

Indian Kite

At Bengaluru, last week December 2011.

Image is not really sharp. I was trying out the new 70-300 lens for my Canon 550D. I opted to go for a lens without IS. And trying out different settings.

If I had shot with the camera mounted on a tripod the images would have been better.

The kite remained there for about 10 minutes (could be more). It seemed to be resting.


Sunday, January 22, 2012

Onion plant and flowers

mid November 2011 near Tirlapur


Sunday, January 15, 2012

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Succulent plant with white hair

I'm assuming the plant to be a succulent even though older leaves in this plant are not really thick but not too thin either.

New leaves are born with a layer of white hair to protect them from insect attacks.

New leaves are tender and filled with sap. Without protection these leaves would be an easy source of food for some insects. The plant has developed a simple but effective defence mechanism. The hairs could be sticky which would prevent insects from reaching the leaves.

As the leaves grow and mature, the hairs are shed. Grown leaves are visible in the background.

Some varieties of cactus have similar protective system.


Sunday, January 1, 2012