Tuesday, 19 May 2009

Flora and Fauna

With diverse flora, there is scope for development of diverse fauna as well. Colourful grasshoppers make their presence known in the rainy season. Location: Amboshi, Tal. Dharampur, Dist. Valsad

Giant Tasar Moth, with about 0.5 ft of wing spread is common site all across Konkan in the rainy seasons. Location: Lacchakadi, Tal. Vansda, Dist. Navsari

Rice crop, when matures, creates a golden hue all around itself. Location: Lachhakadi, Tal. Vansda, Dist. Navsari

Palmyra palms dot the landscape in coastal plains of Northern Konkan. Near Mahalakshmi, Tal. Dahanu, Dist. Thane

Giant Kapok tree, the age of which is not surely told by even the oldest person of the village, might be about 150-200 years old. Such trees are being fallen down as deforestation is on the agenda of new age of Konkan developers. Location: Dinbari, Tal. Kaprada, Dist. Valsad

Konkan is rich with diverse flora for human use. Okboki, as it is known in Ratnagiri district or Penkul as it is known in Sindhudurg, is a wild fruit which can be eaten by humans. These types of fruits are certainly not for city bred folks with bland tastes. One has to be open while exploring not so known aspects Konkan. Location: Vetore, Tal. Vengurle, Dist. Sindhudurg

Coconuts and arecanut palms crowded on the hill slopes do allow some space for the sky. Location Anjanvel, Tal. Guhagar, Dist. Ratnagiri

Kapok tree, known as Savar in the local language, is a pleaure for eyes when in full bloom. Location near Rajapur town, Dist. Ratnagiri.