Friday, March 26, 2010

Visit to hometown

Last October we went to Guwahati (capital city, state of Assam) from Delhi(India). Our flight path took us parallel to the mighty Himalayas (the highest mountain range in the world). The weather was clear and could manage some shots of the snow covered ranges peeping out amidst fluffy cotton clouds.

Next day we ventured in the outskirts of the city, a few pics from the countryside which attracted out attention with varying vibrant colours of nature.
Father's garden too, it appeared, laid claim to the vibrancy of its varied habitat it hosted. A Coppersmith barbet (bird) too called it home, in trunk of a beetel nut tree.

Beetel nuts in the garden. These trees are very common and popular here. A beetel is chewed after being extracted from its fibre coat. It is commercially available in dried, cured and fresh forms. While fresh, the husk is green and the nut inside is so soft that it can easily be cut with an average knife.In the ripe fruit the husk becomes yellow or orange and, as it dries, the fruit inside hardens to a wood-like consistency.


  1. Outstanding photos Shantana! Thank you for sharing part of your world with us. Hope all of you are doing well and have a nice weekend.

  2. All of these pictures are just gorgeous! I love seeing the snow covered mountains from the sky.

    Thanks for sharing your beauty with us!

  3. Hey Shantana, Congrats on the birth of your new baby... How special is that.... Love the pictures from your trip.. The sky from your airplane is gorgeous... AND---you know me... I LOVE that colorful bird....


  4. Beautiful shots again; and that Coppersmith Barbet, amazing colours.

  5. Oh MY GOODNESS, the Himalyas from the air took my breath away. You took some wonderful photos.
    I've enjoyed all of them, going back a few times to look through. I hope you had a good trip, a family visit I think.
    Really a very gorgeous post, thank you for sharing.

    enjoy these days with your newborn, and hopefully your getting some sleep!
    xo lori

  6. Those photos of the Himalayas are amazing!
    You must have had a VERY tall tripod!;)

  7. Just stopping by. I've really enjoyed your blog! Thanks!

  8. Great pictures!!! congratulations!!!


  9. Hi, I haven't visited for a while and I see that as of the 7th March you now have three beautiful Ladies in your life.
    Very many congratulations.

  10. Some great images. I would love to travel the world more than I do. My first stop would be Australia and then who knows where! Thanks for showing your travels and land so that I can visit by "Blog"