Nature Guide Workshop

Nature trail is a walk through nature wherein the participants of trail gain knowledge about the various components of nature like plants, birds, butterflies, spiders, forests, etc. After experiencing nature through nature trail, the participants’ interest in nature tends to increase. This can lead to their active participation in conservation without which it cannot be achieved. They also learn to appreciate the nature around us and its importance in our life.

Conducting nature trail for interested groups
Conducting nature trail for interested groups

I have been conducting nature trail since 1998 for people of various age groups. Since 2007 I have been doing this at Dapoli. It has been a great and enriching experience for me to have worked as a resource person for nature trail. Interest and enthusiasm of participants of various trails have encouraged me to conduct more trails. It has also given immense satisfaction of being able to create and spread awareness about nature and conservation through this educational programme.

Last week I got an opportunity to conduct one day workshop at Anjarle, Taluka Dapoli for interested participants to work as a nature guide. I conducted 2 sessions during the workshop which covered how to conduct a nature trail and glimpses of biodiversity around us. I highlighted various aspects like need of learning about nature around us as well as being able to present it to the group while working as a Nature Guide in future.

Inaugural function
Inaugural function

 

Conducting a session on Be a Nature Guide
Conducting a session on Be a Nature Guide

This workshop was organised by Sahyadri Nisarga Mitra, Chiplun (www.snmcpn.org) under one of their projects with giz, Germany and Forest Department Ratnagiri, Government of Maharashtra.

Shri. Bhau Katdare explained about the importance and scope of being a Nature Guide. He further said that by developing such Nature Guides it can provide a source of income for such guides. While doing this activity conservation can also be achieved since awareness and importance spreads amongst local people as well as tourists. Ms. Supriya explained what is biodiversity, its magnitude and importance.

Both of my sessions during this workshop have been effective due to my experience of conducting nature trail since 1998. Shri Bhau Katdare, President, Sahyadri Nisarga Mitra, Ms. Supriya Zhunzhunwala, Project Advisor, giz, Germay, Mr. Dalvi from Forest Department, Maharashtra and Mr. Sandesh Devkar, Sarpanch, Grampanchayat, Anjarle were also present during the workshop. Good support from Anjarle Grampanchayat was received for this programme. Interested persons from Anjarle as well as nearby villages participated in this workshop.

Participants attentively listening to the session
Participants attentively listening to the session

गेल्या अनेक वर्षांपासून मी निसर्ग भ्रमणाचे कार्यक्रम घेत आहे. सुरुवातीला मुंबईतील काही संस्थांबरोबर आणि २००७ साली दापोलीला आल्यावर इथे येणाऱ्या पर्यटकांसाठी तसेच शाळा / कॉलेजच्या विद्यार्थ्यांसाठी हे नेचर ट्रेल घेत आहे. नेचर गाईड किंवा निसर्ग मार्गदर्शक म्हणून काम करताना दापोली परिसरातील निसर्गाचे अंतरंग उलगडून सांगताना ….. पर्यावरणातील अजैविक घटक – हवा, पाणी, माती तसेच वनस्पती, पक्षी, फुलपाखरे, कीटक, कोळी यासारख्या सजीव घटकांची ओळख करून देताना किंवा निसर्गातील विविध साखळ्या समजावून सांगताना एक वेगळाच आनंद मिळतो आणि निसर्गाबद्दलची जाणीव जागृती अनेकांपर्यंत पोहोचविल्याचे समाधानही मिळते.

Practical session conducted during the event
Practical session conducted during the event

मात्र गेल्या आठवड्यात मला निसर्ग मार्गदर्शक कार्यशाळेमध्ये मार्गदर्शन करण्याची संधी मिळाली. यात माझ्या जवळ जवळ १८ वर्षांच्या अनुभवावर आधारित अनेक मुद्दे मी मांडले आणि ते सर्वांना भावलेदेखील. ही कार्यशाळा सह्याद्री निसर्ग मित्र चिपळूण या संस्थेने giz, Germany आणि वन विभाग रत्नागिरी, महाराष्ट्र शासन यांच्याबरोबर त्यांच्या सुरु असलेल्या प्रकल्पांतर्गत घेण्यात आली होती.

—Jilpa Prashant Nijasure

Nature Trail 21 September 2014

निसर्ग भ्रमण २१ सप्टेंबर २०१४

आम्ही राहत असलेल्या गणेश नगरातील …… म्हणजेच आमच्या गणेश नगर कुटुंबियांसाठी … आज सकाळी आम्ही निसर्ग भ्रमण कार्यक्रम घेतला.

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या वेळी आम्हाला भारद्वाज लालबुड्या बुलबुल, टकाचोर, मोठा कर्टूक, शिपाई बुलबुल इ. पक्षी तसेच कॉमन सेलर, रस्टिक, वोन्डरर ह्या सारखी फुलपाखरे दिसली. त्या शिवाय जायंट वूड स्पायडर व टनेल स्पायडर ह्या दोन प्रकारचे कोळी ही पाहायला मिळाले. ह्याच बरोबर वाटेत दिसलेल्या वनस्पतींची ही माहिती सर्वांना मिळाली.

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Today morning we conducted nature trail for members of Ganesh Nagar (are where we stay). During the trail, information about various types of plants, their role in forest, monsoon flora, etc., was explained. We got to see birds like Crow pheasant, Red vented Bulbul, Red whiskered Bulbul, Tree Pie, Brown Headed Barbet, etc. Butterflies like Common Sailer, Rustic, Wanderer, etc., were observed. At one place we got to see 5 Rustic butterflies flying around. We also got to see Giant Wood Spider making a web and Tunnel spider in the tunnel.

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Rustic
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It was indeed a memorable experience for all the participants as was evident from their feedback. They also suggested to have it for more time duration. This obviously showed their interest in nature as well as knowing and observing more of nature’s wonders.

Nature education activities spreading out….

Dhayati

आम्ही सुमारे वर्षभरापूर्वी सुरु केलेला ‘निसर्ग परिचय उपक्रम’ हा विषय आता दापोली परिसरात रुजू  लागला आहे. ज्या निसर्गाच्या ओढीने सर्व जण दापोलीला येत असतात त्यांना हा निसर्ग जवळून अनुभवण्याचा आणि इथल्या निसर्गाच्या अंतरंगाची थोडीशी झलक दाखवण्याचा एक प्रयत्न आम्ही आमच्या विविध निसर्ग परिचय उपक्रमातून करीत असतो.

The concept of nature education activities that we started a year ago is taking roots in Dapoli region. It is the nature at & around Dapoli that attracts many tourists here. Through our nature education activities we try to give a feel of nature to our participants.

गेल्या वर्षात आम्हाला वेगवेगळ्या जीवनशैलीतील तसेच वेगवेगळ्या वयोगटातील लोकांसाठी हे कार्यक्रम घेण्याची संधी मिळाली. ह्या सर्व लोकांची व्यावसायिक पार्श्वभूमीदेखील वेगवेगळी होती. विशेष म्हणजे ह्या सर्वांना आमचे निसर्ग परिचय उपक्रम तसेच निसर्ग भ्रमण ही संकल्पना खूपच आवडली. गेल्या वर्षभरात आम्ही २० पेक्षा अधिक निसर्ग परिचय उपक्रम घेतले ज्यात निसर्ग भ्रमण, खारफुटी वनांचा परिचय, निसर्ग चित्रकला आणि रंगभरण  तसेच रोपवाटिकेला भेट व कार्यानुभव ह्याचा समावेश आहे. ह्या सर्व उपक्रमांद्वारे आम्ही ३५० पेक्षा अधिक लोकांपर्यंत पोहोचलो. ह्यामुळे आमचा उत्साह द्विगुणीत झाला आहे. या कार्यक्रमात सहभागी झालेले सर्वजण आणि अशा कार्यक्रमांना पर्यटकांपर्यंत पोहोचवणारे दापोली परिसरातील हॉटेल व्यावसायिक तसेच सहल आयोजकांच्या सहयोगामुळे आम्ही हा टप्पा गाठू शकलो. या सर्वांचे आम्ही आभारी आहोत.

Karvanda flowers

आज मुलांना शाळेत पर्यावरण हा विषय असल्यामुळे विविध निसर्ग परिचय कार्यक्रमातून त्यांना निसर्गातील विविध घटक बघायला मिळू शकतात. हा निसर्गाचा अनुभव त्यांच्या मनात निसर्गाची गोडी निर्माण करू शकतो. त्याच बरोबर शाळेतील प्रकल्पांसाठी देखील मुलांना निसर्गामधून काही संकल्पना सुचू शकतात आणि असे प्रकल्प करीत असताना त्यापैकी काही गोष्टी दापोली भेटीदरम्यान प्रत्यक्ष अनुभवल्यामुळे एक वेगळाच आनंदही  होतो.

During last year we got an opportunity to conduct nature trails for groups from varied lifestyle & background; including various age groups. We have reached out to the trail participants who were from different professional backgrounds. All of them enjoyed & appreciated the concept of nature trail. During last year we conducted 20+ nature education activities including mangrove trail, visit to plant nursery & hands on experience, nature colouring activity & nature trails at & around Dapoli. Through these activities we reached out to 350+ participants. This has

Indian Coral tree (Pangara)

boosted our moral. It is only because of all the participants and those hotel owners and tour operators who promoted our activities that we could achieve this. We are thankful to all of them. Our trail participants have experienced this feel of nature while enjoying their holidays at & around Dapoli in addition to the site seeing.

Now-a-days children have environment as one of the subjects in their school syllabus. While on a nature trail they get to experience and observe various components of nature. This can also give them various ideas for their project work at school. It can also lead to developing interest in nature.

The season is changing now. The cool winter days are over and temperature of the day is rising. Trees / shrubs that flower in this season are in full bloom. You can also participate in various nature education activities along with your family

Anjani

and friends during forthcoming holidays.

आता हिवाळा संपून उन्हाळ्याला सुरुवात झाली आहे. या ऋतूमध्ये फुलणारी झाडे आता बहरू लागली आहेत.  विविध रंगानी बहरलेल्या  वनस्पती  – वृक्ष  वेली आणि  झुडुपे  खूपच  सुंदर  दिसातात. येणाऱ्या सुट्टीमध्ये आपण देखील आपल्या कुटुंब तसेच मित्रमंडळी बरोबर आमच्या निसर्ग परिचय उपक्रमात सहभागी होवू शकता.

Nature trails of the season

Winter has well set in and Dapoli being hill station we experience chilled days during this season. This year’s cold wave made the mercury fall well below 100C.

दापोलीत थंडीची लाट लोकांना चांगल्यापैकी गारठवू लागली आहे.

Morning on a cool winter day

Many tourists visited Dapoli during year end holidays. I got opportunity to conduct nature trail for various groups during this period. These were at various locations as well. Positive response from trail participants was very encouraging.

 

Mixed deciduous forest

दर वर्षी प्रमाणे यंदाही नवीन वर्षाच्या निमित्ताने भरपूर पर्यटकांनी दापोली व परिसरातील गावांना सुट्टी साठी पसंती दिली. मला ह्या दिवसांमध्ये वेगवेगळ्या ठिकाणाहून आलेल्या पर्यटकांसाठी निसर्ग भ्रमण कार्यक्रम घेण्याची संधी मिळाली.

Trails were conducted for tourists staying at various places like Amrute’s Nisarga Sahawas – Gavhe, Naad Beach resort – Murud, Mangalmurti Niwas – Jalgaon, Hotel Abhishek – Jalgaon etc.

Group on trail

Following are highlights of various trails along with few interesting aspects the group got to observe while on the trail.

खाली दिलेले फोटो हे निसर्ग भ्रमणाचे तसेच निसर्ग भ्रमणात ज्या दिसू शकतात अशा काही गोष्टींची झलक दाखवत आहेत.

 

River with its calm water

 

Giant wood spider

 

Eranthemum roseum

Participants of the trail got to see various types of plants as well as birds, spiders and butterflies.

Ghost tree in flower

 

Pond Heron

 

Group on trail at Naad Resort, Murud

 

Group on trail at Naad Resort, Murud

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Group from Mumbai on trail

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I also got an opportunity to conduct nature trail and other related events for the students of Mithibai College, Mumbai.

Students of Mithibai College Mumbai on nature trail

Highlights of NATURE TRAILS at & around DAPOLI

Season of festival has started with holidays for many of us. With increasing awareness about environment & conservation, the new generation is

Sea Gulls - winter visitors; समुद्र किनारी दिसणारे सी गल्स

contributing their share by no fire crackers. This concern is worth appreciating.

सणांचे दिवस आले की सुट्यांचे कार्यक्रम आखले जातात. दैनंदिन जीवनाच्या धकाधकीतून लांब निसर्गरम्य ठिकाणी लोक काही दिवस घालवणे पसंत करतात. नवीन पिढीतील बरीच मुले फटाके

View of village Anjarle; पावसाळ्या नंतरचा शांत समुद्र - आंजर्ले

न वाजवता सण साजरे करताना दिसतात. त्यांच्यातील हा सकारात्मक बदल निश्चितच कौतुकास्पद आहे. काही लोक आणखी एक पाऊल पुढे जाऊन निसर्गाला जाणून घ्यायचा देखील प्रयत्न करतात. ते सकाळी लवकर पक्षी निरीक्षणासाठी आणि निसर्ग भ्रमणासाठी बाहेर पडतात. अशाच काही निसर्गप्रेमींसाठी  निसर्ग भ्रमणाचे कार्यक्रम घेण्याची संधी आम्हाला मिळाली.

Ring butterfly

Many people prefer to spend their holidays away from the daily life schedule. They choose places situated in nature’s lap & even attempt to learn about

Urena lobata - पावसाळ्यात उगवणारे हे झुडूप साधारणपणे ऑक्टोबर महिन्यात फुलते

nature. We got an opportunity to interact with few such groups through our nature trail activity.

Participants of nature trail got an opportunity to listen to various bird calls; they could see some types of birds. Birds like drongo & black winged kite displayed their typical flight style. Butterflies like sailor, grass yellow, ring butterfly, great eggfly pleased the eyes

Rice fields nearing harvesting; भातशेतीचा बदलता रंग कापणीचा मोसम जवळ आल्याचे सूचित करतो

with their fluttering. Various types of spiders amazed the participants with their feeding & web techniques.

Nature lovers on trail

2 nature trails were organized by Mr. Ashish Amrute – Amrute’s Nisarga Sahavas, Village Gavhe for members staying at his resort (9422052095 / 02358282315 /  http://nisargasahavas.com/). One trail was conducted for interested group of

Drongo; कोतवाल पक्षी

families from Pune who stayed at Mangalmurti Niwas – Jalgaon Dapoli (Dr. Ghangurde 9423877388 / 7798720748 / e-mail:  mangalmurtidapoli@gmail.com)

परतीचा पाऊस - दाभोळच्या खाडीतील दृश्य

This is also the time of change of season from monsoon to winter. It can be felt during the nature trail as well. Sighting / call of winter migrant bird species indicate this change of season. Leaves of deciduous trees show beginning of yellowing of leaves which will shed off over a period of

Rainbow - पाऊस संपता संपता असे इंद्रधनुष्य पाहायला मिळाले

next few days. Such trees will prepare themselves for flowering by shedding all the leaves. Most of the monsoon flora also show signs of drying up, going dormant only to sprout

Nature lovers on trail

during next monsoon season.

If you plan a Dapoli trip in forthcoming holidays you can also experience all these during nature trail at & around DAPOLI.

निसर्ग भ्रमणाचे २ कार्यक्रम श्री. आशिष अमृते – अमृते निसर्ग सहवास, गव्हे, दापोली (९४२२०५२०९५  / ०२३५८२८२३१५   / http://nisargasahavas.com/ ) यांनी आयोजित केले होते. येथे आम्हाला निसर्ग प्रेमी पर्यटकांशी संवाद साधायची  संधी मिळाली. दुसरा एक निसर्ग भ्रमण

Giant wood spider
Thunbergia - pure white colour of flowers against dark green leaves make them look even whiter; दह्याळीची पांढरी शुभ्र फुले

कार्यक्रम पुण्यातील निसर्गप्रेमी पर्यटकांसाठी आम्ही घेतला. ते मंगलमूर्ती निवास जालगावं, दापोली ( डॉ. घांगुर्डे ९४२३८७७३८८ / ७७९८७२०७४८ / e-mail:  mangalmurtidapoli@gmail.com)  येथे राहिले होते.

निसर्गात फिरताना ह्या सर्वांना भरपूर  प्रकारच्या पक्ष्यांचे आवाज ऐकता आले तसेच काही प्रकारचे

Tunnel spider - वाघोबा कोळी

पक्षी दिसले आणि काही पक्ष्यांची उडण्याची वेगळीच झलक बघायला मिळाली. विविध प्रकारच्या फुलपाखरांनी त्यांच्या रंगांनी मनाला मोहित केले. निसर्गातील इतर घटक जसे कोळी, कीटक, वनस्पती इत्यादींची देखील ओळख  करून घ्यायला सर्व उत्सुक होते. त्यांचा उत्साह निश्चितच स्तुत्य होता.

ह्याच वेळेला ऋतूही बदलत असतो.  पावसाळा संपून हिवाळ्याची सुरुवात झालेली असते. थंडीत ह्या परिसरात  येणारे स्थलांतरित पक्षी देखील या ऋतूबदलाची खात्रीच पटवून देतात. पानगळीचे वृक्ष हळूहळू आपल्या

Nature lovers on trail

पानांचे रंग बदलू लागतात. ही पाने पिवळी पडून गळून पडतात. संपूर्ण वृक्ष फुलण्यासाठी जणू स्वतःला तयार करतो. पाने नसलेला, फुलांनी पूर्ण भरलेला असा वृक्ष बघताना डोळ्याचे पारणे फिटतात. पावसाळी वनस्पतीसुद्धा वाळायला  लागतात आणि सुप्त अवस्थेत जायच्या तयारीत असतात – आपल्याला पुढच्या पावसात भेटण्याचा संदेश देऊन…….

Lemon Pansy - मनाला मोहित करणाऱ्या अनेक फुलपाखरांपैकी एक

आगामी काळात येणाऱ्या सुट्ट्यांमध्ये दापोली परिसरात फिरायला आल्यास आपणदेखील निसर्गाचा हा अनुभव घेऊ शकता.

Learn with FUN – PLANTS

21st September was an unforgettable day for us. We got an opportunity to conduct a session of “Hands on experience about various aspects of plant life” jointly with Kop’s Nursery, Gavhe – Dapoli, ( www.kopsnursery.com ) for students of Beacon High (3rd, 4th & 5th Std.) from Mumbai. There were a total of 84 students.

२१ सप्टेंबर हा दिवस आमच्यासाठी अविस्मरणीय ठरला. मुंबईच्या बेकन हाय शाळेच्या ८४ विद्यार्थ्यांसाठी एक आगळा वेगळा कार्यक्रम करण्याची  संधी आम्हाला मिळाली. विद्यार्थ्यांना नर्सरी मध्ये वनस्पतींची ओळख व कार्यानुभव असा कार्यक्रम होता.  कॉप्स नर्सरी , गव्हे  ( www.kopsnursery.com ) ह्यांच्या सहकार्यामुळे आम्ही हा कार्यक्रम त्यांच्या नर्सरी मध्ये  घेऊ शकलो.

Introductory Session at Kop's Nursery

Our 10+ years’ experience in conducting such types of educational activities with various age groups starting from 3 years helped us in making this event a grand success. Satisfaction and joy expressed by students as well as teachers was our most treasured gain.

Further to introductory session we divided the whole event into 3 activities, viz., a round in the nursery to know various types of plants, practical session and demonstration session. We divided these students in 2 groups.

In practical session, the students enjoyed the experience of handling soil, manure, coco peat, moss and other material. Filling up of poly bags and root trainers was also enjoyed by them. All of them took equal interest in demonstration of various propagation techniques like air layering, stone grafting and transplanting.

Interacting with them was an equally enjoyable experience for both of us. The keen interest shown by teachers as well as students encouraged us. Even Mr. Uday Phadke and other TEAM members of Kop’s Nursery enjoyed being with the students due to their enthusiasm and interest in all the activities. Active contribution of Mr. Bernard of Bensley Tours, Treks & Adventure and Ms. Alpana of Chiplun Hotels during practical & demonstration session showed their interest in this activity.

Everybody was amazed to see this huge banyan tree

While Jilpa took one group on nursery round, I conducted practical & demonstration sessions for another group with the help of Kop’s Nursery TEAM. We would like to share here two incidences which reflected the understanding of students as well as their imagination power.

When Jilpa was showing leaves of Monstera, the moment she told the name,

Monstera

one of the students replied, “Yes, it looks so scary!” This reflects their understanding that comes only through interest & keen observation.

When they saw yellow flowers of Cassia alata, one of the students promptly said, “It looks like a corn.” What an imagination!

Cassia alata

Overall it was an astonishing experience for all of us. Their discipline was worth mentioning. Teachers took deep interest throughout the event.

This educational camp for these students was organized by Bensley Tours, Treks & Adventure of Mumbai. (Mr. Bernard – bernardbenevides@hotmail.com)

The students stayed at Quality Resort The Riverview of Chiplun Hotels Pvt Ltd. ( www.chiplunhotels.com )

३ वर्षांच्या मुलांपासून ते मोठ्यांपर्यन्तच्या सर्व वयोगटातील लोकांसाठी काम करण्याच्या आमच्या अनेक वर्षांच्या अनुभवामुळे हा कार्यक्रम यशस्वी झाला.

हा कार्यक्रम आम्ही ३ टप्प्यांमध्ये घेतला.

१ – नर्सरी भ्रमंती – ज्यात विविध प्रकारच्या वनस्पतींची ओळख करून देण्यात आली.

Students on round to nursery

२ – प्रत्यक्ष कार्यानुभव – ज्यात मुलांनी माती, खत, कोको पिट, मॉस अशा वेगवेगळ्या गोष्टी हाताळण्याचा अनुभव घेतला. रोपांसाठी पिशव्या भरण्याचा आणि बी पेरण्याचा  अनुभवही त्यांना आनंदित करून गेला.

३ – प्रात्याक्षिके – काही गोष्टींची प्रात्याक्षिके त्यांना दाखविली. त्यात गुटी कलम, कोय कलम, रोपांची पुनर्लागवड अशा गोष्टींचा समावेश होता.

विद्यार्थ्यांसाठी हा कार्यक्रम घेणे हा आम्हा दोघांसाठीदेखील तितकाच आनंददायी अनुभव होता. त्यांच्या प्रत्येक गोष्टीतील आवडीमुळे आम्हालाही प्रोत्साहन मिळाले.  कॉप्स नर्सरीचे श्री. उदय  फडके  व त्यांच्या सहकार्यांना देखील विद्यार्थ्यांचा उत्साह आणि आवड पाहून समाधान वाटले . सगळे  वातावरण मुलांच्या व शिक्षकांच्या उत्साहाने भारावून गेले होते.

Students doing practical

मुलांची कल्पनाशक्ती तसेच त्यांची आकलन  क्षमता यांची दोन उदाहरणे मला येथे नमूद करावीशी वाटतात.

जेव्हा मुलांनी Cassia alata ह्या झुडुपाची पिवळी फुले बघितली तेव्हा एका मुलाने सांगितले “ते मक्याच्या कणीसासारखे दिसत आहे.” ही आहे त्यांची कल्पनाशक्ती! जेव्हा त्यांना Monstera ची पाने दाखविली तेव्हा हे नाव सांगितल्याक्षणी एक मुलगी तत्परतेने म्हणाली “होय, ते पान किती भीतिदायक दिसत आहे.” ही त्यांची आकलनक्षमता थक्क करणारी होती.

हा संपूर्ण अनुभव आम्हा सर्वांसाठी खूपच समाधानकारक असा होता. मुलांची शिस्त त्यांचे कौतुक करावे अशीच होती. हा कार्यक्रम यशस्वी होण्यासाठी सर्व शिक्षकानीही खूप सहकार्य केले तसेच

Students got an opportunity to learn about water lily as well as lotus

Bensley Tours, Treks & Adventure चे श्री बर्नार्ड आणि Quality Resort च्या अल्पना चौहान ह्यांचीही मोलाची मदत झाली.

हा शैक्षणिक कॅम्प मुंबईच्या Bensley टूर्सने (Mr. Bernard – bernardbenevides@hotmail.com) आयोजित केला होता. ही मुले चिपळूणच्या Quality Resort, The Riverview    मध्ये ( www.chiplunhotels.com ) राहिली होती.

Splendid colours of NATURE

पावसाळा संपत आल्याचे आता जाणवायला लागले आहे. पावसाच्या सरींची तीव्रता कमी होऊ लागली आहे. सालाबादाप्रमाणे निसर्गाने आपली कलाकुसर आणि रंगछटा विविध प्रकारची फुले, फुलपाखरे, कीटक ह्यांच्या माध्यमातून मनमुरादपणे दाखविल्या आहेत.

आत्तापर्यंत दापोलीत ४५००मि मी एवढ्या पावसाची नोंद झाली आहे जी सरासरीपेक्षा खूप जास्त आहे. यंदाच्या पावसात आम्ही अनुभवलेले फुलांचे काही ताटवे, फुल, फुलपाखरे यांची झलक आपल्याला येथे पाहायला मिळेल.

Balsam in flower

 Monsoon season is past its peak period. The intensity and frequency of showers have reduced. This year Dapoli has received 4500+mm of rainfall so far which is much higher than the average annual rainfall of this place.

Like every year, nature has abundantly displayed its colours and variety in the form of flowers, butterflies, insects and so on. We are glad to share with you some of the colours of nature that we experienced during this season.

Monsoon landscape - view from Harnai bypass
Cock's comb / Kurdu flowers attract bees and insects

 

Mushroom

 

Sopubia - delicate pink beauty

 

Nature's colour of chocolate!
Cyanotis growing on rocky patches

 

Monsoon landscape



Yellow carpet of Smithia



 

Frog seen near homes during monsoon

 

Vigna - differently shaped flower shows nature's creativity

 

 

Purple beauty on rocky plateau

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nature trails DAPOLI

Nature trails – highlights of this season

A trail for teachers from Mumbai was conducted on 16th April 2011 at Kolthare – at Mr. Mahajan’s farm. This was organized by young tour entrepreneur Ms. Tejashree Joshi ( 9930629108 / 8275392314) from Mumbai.

Mr. Atmaram Parab of Isha Tours (www.ishatour.net) from Thane organised a nature camp at Dapoli. We conducted nature trails for the participants in April 2011

Camp was organized by Mr. Sandesh Soman ( SOMAN ABHYAVAHAR 9404159339) from Dapoli for the members of “Anaam Prem” Organization. They enjoyed the trail at Mauje Dapoli at Mr. Milind Sathe’s (9422443262) residence.

Scholars of Dr Homi Bhabha Fellowship Std VI interestingly participated in the trail conducted during a camp organized by Dr. Raja Dandekar (9422431275) and Mrs. Renu Dandekar (www.loksadhana.org) at Chikhalgaon.

Family of Dr. Tamhankar from Karad enjoyed a trail at Anjarle. Their keen interest and enthusiasm was indeed worth appreciating.

Group on trail
Enthusiastic trail participants learning more about birds