As the monsoon draws to a close, the backwaters of the Krishnarajasagar dam (Mysore District), flood the plains swamping the fields with water. Where once this area was awash with swaying paddy fields, now the shallow water logged fields are dotted with thousands of white water lilies in full bloom – a dazzling carpet of white and blue. (Pictures 1,2,3, Date: 29 Nov 2009, Time 12:51, )
And just two days later, the ephemeral nature of these flowers was brought home to us as in place of the fully bloomed lotuses were lotus buds all set to repeat the same cycle again. (Pictures 4,5,6, Date: 01 Dec 2009, Time 16:30)
After January the waters starts receding and before the onset of summer, these lands will sport paddy fields once again.
Just as perhaps the poet Robert Herrick who said
“We have short time to
stay, as you,
We have as short a spring;
As quick a growth to meet decay,
As you, or anything.
As your hours do, and dry
Like to the summer's rain;
Or as the pearls of morning's dew,
Ne'er to be found again”.
Never mind that he was referring to daffodils.
Raghu / Sunita
Forwarding again for Id assistance pl. in terms of Bot. name.
Forwarding again for Id confirmation or otherwise please.
Earlier relevant feedback:
“Perhaps Nymphaea pubescence
Dr. Gurcharan Singh”