"Wading neck deep in a swamp, your revolver is neither use nor ornament until you have had time to clean it" Mary H. Kingsley (1897)

Autumnal Variations

There is, of course, no autumn in the tropics,
nor spring, nor winter too.

Here on the Malabar coast, our temperatures vary very little between January and July.
What marks Kerala’s tropical seasons are the monsoon rains.

But deciduous trees must still drop their leaves.
They may fall individually, while the tree remains dressed in full and lustrous foliage.
Or occasionally, a tree will capriciously display its entire autumn wardrobe,
to stand alone in wistful copper tones, against the sea of vibrant greens.



Photographs all taken in Kerala: the first two pictures shot in the Koottickal foothills of the Western Ghats; the last, a discarded coconut palm “leaf skeleton”, from the Chellanam backwaters.

6 responses

  1. Her autumnal dress is quite becoming!

    January 23, 2012 at 10:18 am

    • She models only the most exclusive fashion collections..

      January 23, 2012 at 10:21 am

  2. Toffeeapple

    That is quite a contrast in colour there.

    January 23, 2012 at 7:40 pm

    • The first two pictures are decidedly not the Indian plains!

      January 23, 2012 at 7:49 pm

  3. That middle photo — has the suggestion of The Shire in it, I think.

    January 23, 2012 at 11:57 pm

    • The foothills of the Western Ghats often remind me of Britain..

      January 24, 2012 at 7:10 am

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