(Wiedehopf, Upupa epops)
In India seen from Hampi to Uttarkhand near Almore uppar and HP Parvaty valley in the north.
There near the apple trees ad half open fields with granite rocks.
Wonderful bird, nicely colored with crest and during flight more catching by white spots on wings than on ground, kind og butterly like flight.
In Europe rare, attentive and hiding, in some regions like central alpine vallies south
nests get counted, found all over Eurasia in warm areas and parts of Africa.
Hunts for insects near fruit carring trees, dry half open country with walls, ruins and rocks spread
Bred 2002 in our garden and sometimes visiting late summers, nesting in holes of walls and trees,
max. hole span of artifial nests should be max 5cm big in mid Europe. (Hoopoe, Kalga o17may)
Bulbuls, Crows, Bearded vultures late summers sometimes passing over daily,
Peregrine falcons most powerfull and fast, Pariah kites lineatus phase (o17), occasioanally Plumheaded parakeets in small groups, Magpies yellow and redbilled,
Hoopoes, Spotted nutcrackers, babblers, thrushes, a few species Woodpeckers, tits and more.
Parvaty valley plants -
A special and beautifull looking insect catching plant, long cuplike
flycatch containers a bid looking like cobras when n attack mood,
also growing in HP in the deodars but special groups discovered in region up from Kalga and further. Needs half shady locations exponated and warm, takes also harsh winters.
Datura - Stechapfel
Datura metel (indian datura)
Metel is a strong growing datura, white standing trompete flowers, intense smell and haircover on leaves, soem varieties with stramonium mix. Exponated and hot, not too dry locations.
Bread over years in pots.
Indian Datura, heavy smelling plant, with hair covered branches and leaves (samtig),
big white trompet flowers. Subtropical climate from HP India to guess Kerala, found in Goa
streetsides, villages n the more. Women don t like the plant cause of its
Datura stramonium, (mexican stechapfel) light green leafes bushy up to 1,5 m, needs sunny dry exponated locations. In HP India also in lower Parvaty valley near Jari.
Gets used duirng ceremonies by mexican native and medicine.
Bred forms can often be bought in shops, then with hanging flowers, Engelstrompete.
Found once a stramonium variety
in Parvaty valley near Jari, but many forms
from Almora, Uttarkhand to Bareilly and further south till Munnar the big white trumpets.
plants like maize, potatoes, mint at wet areas,
Brunnenkresse tasty, in small waters,
Hemp (canabis) in many variations.
I can imagine trieing Heidelbeeren (blueberries) growing in moorlike moist biotops, half shade, uppar valley,
good for marmelade, cakes and anti bad stomach, deodar zone.
Brunnenkresse can be found in small streams, small white flowers, has spicy taste.
, only once in himalayan conivere zone at over 2000m,
is of the orchids. Have in garden
the wild rose one, rare specie with interesting locations, half shade.
the rose one
, wild tiny ones in same region, flowering may o17 in same region over Kalga
(tuut in hebrew), both look a bid suspiciouse to me up there.
like oaks, deodar (himal. cedar) holy with very good smelling seeds, huge himal coniferes
(Himal Kiefern), further up Ulmen, barches, med high rododendhrons covering ground at tree line and Eiben in high alpine woodmoores.
Special about the climate is that uppar valley the way to Thwak Debasa, Kullu Kango via Keerganga into Pin valley (Spiti) you get from the green and moist zones with woods out into the rain shadow, the
high altitude mountain desert zone, the reign of the Snow Leopard who has a big territory and like
to roam it much.
I want to make Kalga great
not by a strange huge dam pretending to be a hydel power station,
I want to make Kalga great by great harvests, by succes and profits
It s the region close to the Snow Leopard on way to Malana from Kalga and to Spiti,
the land of the gods, changing weathers, snow,
rains and sun in mixed mountain moods.
I want to make Kalga great, not by small strawberries somewhere up hidden in the woods,
but sometimes sunflowers and tagetes.
Not by a single white Waldvoegelein standing up in the woods,
but by fields, crops and success,
by nice fireplaces and the sauna (at Researches) for winters on way
to Keerganga. (alt 2000m)
rocks n waters
at research page and
Growing up to 1,2m, typical tobacco leaves but not that huge like Virginia,
which leaves can cover half cycles, lovely small bellike flowers,
in mixed colors, white to light rose blue
nice flavor, strong plant which grows at sunny to half shady locations, also
near river beaches, flowering from april-okt triggered by daylight timespan,
top secret project, but grows anywhere in some himalayan vallies like Kosi river
(Trichterwinde) dark blue climbing up exponated sunny walls, rel. humid substrat, not too dry,
in Himalayas, HP, Uttarkhand.in and Nepal, alt 1600m - 2400m
A frog from Kosi river and the socalled Pijama plant, half bush half flower depending on cut of branches.
Snakes seen, 3 times Comon Indian Ratsnake and a big snakeskin near the river.
Shortoed snakeeagles performing close over hills, Honey buzzards, vultures as Whiterumped and sometimes joined by kings vulture usually sailing during noon termics. Bulbuls, greywinged blackbirds, djungle babblers, comon mynas, Redrumped and wiretailed swallows,
Dharamsala - Dhauladar range
Some years ago heard a barking deer over Dharamkot, near the moist wood areas, some mt djungle fowl
taking off, Skinks seen near water tank (Vipassana center)
Verditer flycatchers in deodars, 3 kind of vultures also Bearded vultures sometimes high up once also
getting down to Mc Leod level during late autumns at veranda seen from restaurants.
Bulbuls, yellow and red billed Blue Magpies, at nallas Redstarts, crows, Great Barbets often by sound,
Oriental Hobbies, once even togather in typical sunset take off performance at Dharamkot, Hoopoes,
Plants found in Himachal pradesh -
(roter Fingerhut) at Dharamkot sunny warm locations.
as deodar, larchs, Rhododendron trees, flowering april in the highs, infos below.
growing in northern India,
dry Himalayan slopes and streetlines, sunny and exponated,
fruits yellow-green balls when ripe, max 3cm of size,
Leafes rough with huge thorns compared to leafesize,
dont know its scientific name but that its of the Nachtschatten family,
once bred in garden.at.
the wild ind. growing over Mc Leod Ganj not far from the water tank in the deodars, the smaller one
a bid smaller in the garden wild (Immergrün)
Also Immergrün in german, vinca minor, growing in Himalayas from 2000- 2300m alt
Humid and shady places, surface covering,
nice dark blue flowers. (dissapeared in large over winter 014-015
near gardens alpinum, but strangly enough seen at gemein-des hauptplatzl,
villags main square at wrong location ... dry and exponated
near parking lots disgusting, unappropriate ...)
and by the way mums preferd color "-green" (evergreen in english)
Woods - Trees
Impressing are the Deodars, holy himal Cedar woods, partly mixed with Rhododendron.
Deodars can be reached from Mc Leod Ganj
which is at the mixed Pine wood level changing to Deodars
at the hight of Dharamkot (2200 m), it s seeds have a good
smell from its oily liquids, tried to grow some back to the alps once but not that easy
to get them start growing.
The trees are mostly shade spending, can also be found in Parvaty valley around Kasol on way to Manikaran and regions alike in HP.
Further up from Dharamkot in the more open and dry Rhododendron trees can be found,
flowering during April in big dark red butts.
And more upwards the way to the tree line at about 2700 in the Dhauladar range huge Coniveres can be found often yet in the snow after winters while below much is flowering allready (mar-apr),
Mixed exotic plants
Camassia - Quamash
Wild flower of the northwestern praries (USA - Canada) once used by the native americans
as food (roots), don t mix with similar looking, poison specie.
It got mostly collected during flowering times. Rare to find in plant shops in Europe.
Amsterdam and Hamburg possible
(lophophora williamsi) rare stonelike cacti, dry and hot locations,
gets used by the mexican native people since ages, buttons of dried plant, strong Halluzinoid, take with care.
also named Peruvian torch, high getting catcti from the peruvian Andes,
put to garage during european winters,
grows about 35 cm a year when young
halluzinogenic, boil for some while.
Infos at waterplants
with Waterlilies and more,
From the garden
Deer sometimes passing through, rarely a fox, iltis, stonemartens, hedgehogs
(oestl. Wanderigel) and woodmice.
Pics from left oestl Wanderigel (eastern hedgehog) and Iltis (bigger marten)
as a few species tits (Kohlm, Blaum, Schwanzmeisen, Tannen, Sumpf) Nuthatches (Kleiber),
Hoopoes (Wiedhopfe, bred 2oo2 in garden) Eurasian jay (Eichelhaeher), Hawks rarely showing up for short overhead, Sparrow hawks (Sperber),
upper peak ranges Golden eagles, as woodpeckers Schwarzspecht, Buntspecht, owls as Waldkauze, and once the Eagle owls breeding in uppar cliffs in valley.
Feuersalamander, Grasfroesche, Erdkroeten once
also Laubfroesche lat 90s.
The nice long Aeskulapnatter which is bigest snake of
Europe, gets up to 2m long, spent some 2hrs with me 2014 autumn
for good bye under the walnut tree, sometimes she moves into birdnests.
Aeskulapnatter and Gelbbauchunke in garden
as dragonflies (Fruehe Azurjungfern, Blaugr.Mosaikjungfern, Plattbauch, sometime
Anax imperator europes bigest dragonfly,) Laufkaefer, Hirschkaefer, Rosenkaefer,
Sandlaufkaefer, Gelbrandkaefer in pond,
Institute 4 Applicable Kompetence
I opened the Institute für Angewandte Kompetenz, its a
genuine Laboratory and Observation outlet for higehr studies
on the Great Himalayas, (rodents, birds, biotops etc)
also in search for alternatives on the trendy applications.
Also supporting local map designers in the Central Alps
(missing infos beside parking lots)
and doing research
on bilingual village street signs (2 sprachige Ortstafeln)
and its psychological impact.
here the portal
to the institute.
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