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Tiny things at home

Rains kept me indoors last Sunday. I photographed some small subjects at home and garden. Here are the photos...


My 3 year old gave the idea...








Just a wee bit...


Claws...


Oh I forgot...





The Ivy Gourd plants in the garden saw some brown soft scale (Coccus hesperidum) attack. I was happy because they and weaver ants make great subjects for Macro photography...








City lights bokeh and rain...





Rainy day birding

The heavy rain all through the night had almost washed out my plans for a Sunday early morning birding trip. 

The rain finally stopped at 7:30am and I rushed to Hoskote lake, hoping against hope that it will stay dry. 

Here's a photo tour of the difficult nature walk...



The heavy rains of the past week had inundated the grassland around the lake...


A Plain Tiger butterfly brought the elusive joy and I decided to venture into the messy and muddy path to search for more beauties...


Plain Tiger is the easiest butterfly to photograph. Its weak flight and fearlessness indicate that it is a protected butterfly. It is protected from attacks due to the unpalatable alkaloids ingested during the larval stages. Inexperienced predators will try attacking it, but will learn soon enough to avoid this butterfly as the alkaloids in its body cause vomiting... 


The view was good as I squished noisily through mud and mire...


A green bee eater was not perturbed by the noise...


A kite was wearing a feather kaftan...


Purple-rumped sunbird was happily exploiting a bike stuck in mud, abandoned by its owner...


I was sucked into its narcissistic play...






The play continued and I voyeuristically watched the self-discovery...












Even the farmland was inundated...



A moth...



Common Lime butterfly...


Mimosa pudica flower...




Clouds...


The overly shy Greater Coucal...


It flew far away just as he sensed my presence...





Iridescent green jewel bug












Ashy Prinia...



















Spider...











Danaid eggfly is notorious for its ability to mimic and resemble toxic butterflies...


Battle of Music Bands

Last friday, wife and I attended the South Zone Finale of Sennheiser Top 50, held at The Humming Tree, a popular bar and music venue in Bangalore. The Sennheiser Top 50 is a search for promising young music bands from India to compete and make their way into the Top 50 bands of India. 
Here's a photo tour of an evening filled with great music, talents, food and cocktails...



The top 3 bands from South Zone were to compete. Big Deal was the first band to perform. A Hip-Hop and Rap specialist with Samir Rishu Mohanty doing the vocal and Dj Panic taking care of the beats...


The lyrics were aggressive and funny. His numbers were the perfect warm-up to an exciting night...


The audience seemed to love his humour...



Next performance was by a band called All The Fat Children. The vocalist Eben Johnson was really funny. One of his songs, according to him was anti-feminist and he sang it wearing a maxi and ample amount of lipstick...



They play Fat Rock, a genre they coined to term their "fat" sound...


The humour made my wife chuckle...


Vickram Kiran on Bass...



Here's a medley...





Next was a band called When Chai Met Toast, with vocalist Ashwin Gopakumar and guitarist Achyuth Jaigopal...


They sang some happy songs with soulful music...



Here's a video of one of their songs called firefly...



The jury...


While the jury was deciding the winner, we had a performance by Vasu Dixit Collective. Vasu is quite a scintillating personality...


Here's a video...







And finally at around 12:30 AM the jury announced the winner. When Chai Met Toast is the winner! They have made it to the Sennheiser Top 50 grand finale at Hard Rock Cafe, Worli, Mumbai on 21st September, 2017...


Leaving you with music videos of the runner-up and the winner...




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