Wednesday, July 18, 2012

The symmetry of a flower

The concept of 'fractals' - basic building blocks of a uniform size - explains symmetry in everyday organic things that we see. An appreciation of this in nature needs an aesthetic sense.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

'Kadapul Mal' before blooming.

The 'Kadapul-mal' is a flower which blooms rarely. The bud hangs down arising from its thick leaf. It blooms after sunset and emits a fragrant scent. I took this picture in our garden at Avissawella, Sri Lanka.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Black-pepper from Sri Lanka.

The creeper and berries
The plucked berries left to dry in the sun till it shrivels up and turns black.
Black Pepper, 'Gammiris' - 'Gamey+Miris' to differentiate from 'Cochi Miris' brought from Cochin, Goa, India introduced by the Portuguese. It is called 'Milahu' in Tamil.. Pepper was a valuable export from Sri Lanka for more than 2000 years. It is recorded as being exported from the port of Komari on the eastern coast of Sri Lanka by the ancient Greeks.

Sunday, July 15, 2012