I've been enjoying more of nature this month. The rain has brought much needed nourishment and the flora and fauna in my area have seemed to bloom. My schedule has continued to be quite hectic, so I haven't been able to visit any of my favorite national parks. Instead, I've been making the most of what's been nearby.
I usually post some of my favorite snaps to the blog's facebook page. For this post, I thought I'd share a selection of my nature shots (i.e. flora, fauna and landscape) taken over the last month. Vibrant hues seem to capture my attention. And I'm still learning about the different kinds of flowers, birds etc. that are native to this region. All of the snaps below have all been taken around the hill country.
One morning I was taking a walk and happened upon a family of monkeys. They do make excellent tightrope walkers!
I admit to an ongoing love affair with Sri Lankan water lilies. Words cannot begin to describe these fuchshia beauties. I spent quite a bit of time sitting and enjoying them with the early morning sun.
The first time I saw a passion flower was at the Diyatha Uyana Market at Waters Edge in Battaramulla when I was hunting for plants for my garden in Colombo. It's such an unusual flower and grows from the vine species of passionfruit.
The white-breasted kingfisher or pilihuduwa is one of my favorite birds. I see them quite often across the island, though it still surprises when I happen to catch one at the beach or if one joins me for a dip at the swimming pool!
I think one of the sweetest sounds you can hear in the morning is the black-hooded oriole or kaha kurulla. I usually have a regular visitor to my home in Colombo most mornings. I heard this little one, before I actually caught sight of it.
These grey hornbills appeared thoroughly at home in a guava tree.They are called alu kadatta in sinhala but don't have a very good reputation with locals when it comes to stealing the seeds or fruit from their fruit trees. Figs, guava and cocoa are favorites apparently, though they do prey on small animals like frogs, lizards, rats and insects. I was lucky to catch a pair sharing food, as well as perching all around the guava tree.
Early one morning...
And finally, I spied this squirrel travelling up and down the wires and managing acrobatic feats that made my eyes boggle. This was one of the snaps I managed to capture.