Few hours with nature that we hardly observe, admire and cherish

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By Eugene DSouza, Moodubelle
Bellevision Media Network

Moodubelle, 05 Febraury 2012: There is beauty and wonder in nature around us. However, one has to take some time from his busy schedule and cultivate an interest to savour the gifts of God that are waiting to be explored and appreciated. In the busy life of today or just lack of inquisitiveness or indifference, we miss some of the wonderful moments in different seasons of the year when the trees flower and bear fruits or the shrubs, plants and even the grass manifest the inner secrets of nature by bearing flowers for few days and wait for the next season to repeat the act of nature.


As the winter has been  on the back-foot  since few days and seeing the usual mango and cashew  trees blooming with fruit bearing flowers, since there was no urgent assignment, i grabbed the   camera and decided to explore the nature  not going to far off places but around my residence, in the hilly region by the side of the road and in the barren fields closer to the river.


Leaving home,  as i walked towards the exit, my favourite cat followed me and climbed over the manure dump  and  stood still as if posing for a picture. I did not disappoint her. As i clicked the  picture of the cat, a strong aroma of flowers invited my attention. The tree, medium in size stood majestically with floral flumes by the side of the tall mango tree. I did not know the name of the tree. When i enquired with mother about the name of the tree, she said that in Konkani it is  called ‘Kureji’ tree.






As i went out,  a mango tree close by was in full bloom. Clicking few close up pictures, i went further and came across Mangium trees. The flowering season of the Mangium was over as i could see dried flowers hanging from the branches. However, i was amazed to notice a bunch of worm-like growth. On closer look, i fund that the bunch had beans-like growth with seeds inside.  After maturing and drying the seeds fall off and sprout during the rainy season. A little further, a cashew tree presented  a curious spectacle. While many branches with fresh flowers swayed in the gentle evening breeze, i could also notice tender cashews  and on other branches i also could see cashew fruit waiting to be matured.















Exploring other  trees a little further, i could notice few bunches of  small beads-like flowers on the ‘Karmara’ tree and a little further, matured reddish flowers with wing-like growth on two sides of the seeds. May be this is nature’s way of spreading  the species. After these seeds  are matured and dried they may be flown by winds to some distance  and fall to the ground and wait for the rainy season for germination.


As i clicked the pictures of the ‘Karmara’ tree flowers, my attention was drawn by the sight of  three solitary red flowers on the tall thorny tree which i attempted to capture in my camera.


Walking further, nearer the Moodubelle-Padubelle Road, bunches of pink flowers on barren branches of ‘manure plants’ gave me an opportunity to click pictures in every conceivable angle. These pink ‘manure plant’ flowers is a common sight more by the sides of the roads rather than on the edges of the fields as most of the people have given up cultivation.






As there was still time for sunset, i ventured to the barren fields by the side of the river. First,  i noticed two peacocks picking up insects. Soon i noticed few more walking in line and disappearing in the thick growth of grass.


A little further, as a calf was grazing, it was given company by few white Egrets (donkam).  In fact i could see a pattern in them as four of them were in line and one standing as a platoon leader. Quite amusing!







As i came up from the fields, i stopped below the ‘palponnos’ tree (pejakai in Tulu) and looked up to see whether the tree had borne any ‘palponnos’. After straining my eyes for a minute or so, i could notice just three green tennis ball sized tender ‘palponnos’. Gone are the days when such trees used to bear hundreds of such fruits!  Still further i could notice two ash pumpkins hanging from a small tree as the creeper was hidden from the normal sight.






As i looked towards the western horizon, the sun was about to set. I managed to capture few pictures of the yellowish disc of the setting sun radiating reddish aura around it creating the silhouette of the trees in the foreground.


As the dusk enveloped the land, i hurried back and down-loaded the pictures that i clicked during the period of around two hours into my lap-top. As i viewed these pictures, i  was not only amazed with the wonders of modern technology of advanced cameras which can capture the nature in its pristine beauty and clarity, but also the bounty of nature that we hardly find time to observe, admire and cherish.



Comments on this Article
Alban D souza, Kunthalnagar/moodubelle Tue, February-7-2012, 8:38
Dr.Eugene wonderfull picturs..We have been seen these in our day today life but we will not concentrate.may be all are busy in their work or ignorence.But your camera work is excellent.thanks for the good photos.keep posting...
Francis L Lobo, belle/dubai Tue, February-7-2012, 4:08
Dr. Eugine!!As always excellent showcase of our countryside through your innersights. thanks !
ALFREEDA ARUN, BELLE/BAHRAIN Mon, February-6-2012, 2:33
Dear Dr. Eugene, wonderful and amazing pictures,you made us to remember our days where we used to sit and study for our final exams below these trees ,this is our hometown we miss those days.Thank you .
Joel Dsa, Moodubelle, Bahrain Mon, February-6-2012, 3:13

Wonderfully written in admiration of the creation of God that is nature, indeed Dr.Eugine, thanks for the article. We all are too busy in solving and understanding our day today problems, but forget to admire nature in its glory. There were days when we used to sit on the red hill,which was in our back yard and see miles and miles the beauty of green vallys around and rock mountain formation of Pamboor, Kunjargiri, maipal etc from top. thanks for reminding that days.

Francis J. Saldanha, Moodubelle / Bahrain Mon, February-6-2012, 1:10
Indeed very nice, reminds me of my good old days in and around Moodubelle and Padubelle. Beautiful narration! And equally! Good photographs, by Dr. Eugene. I must say that definitely Nature at its best!
Benedict Noronha, Udupi Sun, February-5-2012, 9:54
How Beautiful is the nature! It is pure, it is simple , it is true and it is fair and clean. It has no jealousy; it has no time to pull down the legs of others. nature is lovely, nature is .......... how you view it. Dr Eugene has captured few scenes of nature in few different places and made the viewers feel wonderful Great is the views of Dr. Eugene. May I resuest you tosimilary catch the glimpses of your Dombivili surroundings? It would certainly give us the other side of Nature as well. let us share the other side also Dr Eugene.
Philip Mudartha, Qatar Sun, February-5-2012, 11:44
A very sobering thought having savored the visuals and narration: beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder. The beloved awaits for suitor to pause, take a look and cherish. Even as I look out of my apartment windows, the silhouette of desert trees in the foreground of sand-dunes are magnificently pretty. The shifting golden sands as the wind caresses and carries away the specks are a sight. Let us live in the present, savoring the moment, and not in the daydreams of lands out of sight..
Ronald Sabi, Moodubelle Sun, February-5-2012, 11:38
Dr. Eugene, you are a star! even after the sunset due to the pictures! Great pictures of reality!!
Alphonse Mendonsa, Pangla/Abu Dhabi Sun, February-5-2012, 6:21
Dear Sir Eugine, Wonderful pics of nature around us which we often fail to notice or take it for granted. Yes, in our villages we have all the beauty of the nature and what we need is just a little bit of free time to observe and enjoy them. These pics brings back memories of village and how much I miss being in the gulf. We go for a short vacation yearly but completely spend in marriages and festivities... may be next vacation I will dedicate a few moments to observe the beautiful nature God has given to us.. thanks a lot for sharing these pics.
Lucy Rodrigues, Moodubelle/Mumbai Sun, February-5-2012, 5:51
Very very beautiful pictures. Thank you
Alfred Vincent Monis, Bantakal/Kingdom of Bahrain Sun, February-5-2012, 1:50
Thank you Dr.Eugene for the beautiful pictures.
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