Leaves slowly turning brown and then falling off before winter.
The road leading up to Almora from Khairna passes through the picturesque valley of Kosi River. The valley starts narrow and then widen up to a series of villages flanked by terraced fields. Early autumn is a time of changing colors. The leaves start changing colors and then slowly wither and fall away to form fertile compost for the growth of next year. At this time the forest presents a potpourri of hues.
This picture was taken on my way to Didihat on my Darma Valley ride. Having left Khairna behind, the climb to Almora had just began. The valley was quite narrow at this point presenting a closer view of the hillside on the other side of the river. I had stopped for a quick break to stretch my legs and ended up extending that break to click these pictures of autumn.
A waterfall cascades amidst the tea gardens and the monsoon greenery near Eravikulam National Park, Munnar, India
After having extended my day ride on a whim to explore the Munnar hills for Neelakurinji flowers, I set out to search for the blue shrub on day two. The Neelakurinji flowers blooms once in 12 years and 2018 was the year of bloom.
However the mountains were more green interspersed with red than blue. Slopes after slopes were covered with tea gardens.
The picture above was taken a little before the entrance to Eravikulam National Park. I had stopped to admire the blooming red Rugtoora (Spathodea). If you see closely there are a few towards the middle of the picture. The road passes though some beautiful tea gardens. Across the valley was a dense green – a combination of carefully manicured tea gardens and untamed forest, all surrounding a large waterfall.