Tuesday, December 07, 2004

Forest Dark

About a couple of weeks ago, i had gone on a nature walk in IIT Madras campus. What was unusual of this one is that it was in the night. There were about a dozen of us who were going on this walk with half of us being iitians. Dressed in full with shoes on and equipped with torch-light all of us were ready to explore the campus by night.

It all started around 6 pm when the trees at the stadium where having fruit bats visiting them and eating their pods, flowers and fruits. There were quite a few people going through their daily routine at the stadium. After sitting down for sometime listening to them for a while, we just got to below the bridge which connects the stadium to Delhi Avenue. The place was filled with Frogs and Toads of all varieties and all of them making hell a lot of noise all over there. We found quite a few of them all around the place as there was water till there, thanks to recent rains in the city. There were even holes where one would expect snakes to live not to mention mongoose, though we couldn't spot any.

Then back to the stadium, we could hear the night herons and see them flying above us in search of food. This is were things got interesting. We decided to walk on a forest path. This is, i am told, one of the many paths that are there all over the campus. This particular one starts right next to the Gallery of the Stadium and leads us right into the Durga Temple office. We were quite sceptic of wearing footwear and going into the premises but we could not go around the area as it was fenced and too thick a forest cover. We just sneaked thro' close to the walls to in the shortest possible way to another part of the temple where the path continued.

The path started right behind the main shrine of the temple and went on with a hand pump and the temple dump yard on either side. Here is a tree which needs a mention. This tree has a creeper wound around it. What warrants the mention is that the creeper has grown thicker and stronger than the original tree and they both now look like a twisted rope coming out of the ground. They stand tall upto about 5 feet and then the tree branches out while the creeper, creeps back to the ground.

Then we had to climb to a geographically elevated area, where the path continued into the forest. Not far, we could hear waves of water in the Campus Lake. We saw many exotic plant varieties which are natural to this part of the Globe and useful also, beyond being beautiful. This path was on the Lake bund and just led into the lake on the one side while the other was dense forest which was a bit marshy due to recent down pour. After walking a few meters we came below a huge tamarind tree. The tree is so huge that even two guys cant completely hold the tree's trunk. I bet the tree is one of the earliest inmates of the campus. below this tree towards the forest side was a small patch of cleared ground with lots of stumps all in marshy soil with foot prints of deer all over.

Further down, the path was narrower and led us to another Tamarind Tree of the similar kind. We took at deviation into from the main path towards the lake side, to a well and a place where one can sit and watch the lake fully. Along this path is a large ornamental bamboo bush which looks really amazing. The lake which was recently deepend apparently so deep that when full, even three lorries kept over one another on the bottom of the lake will not be visible. This place so good and very relaxing with trees all around you and water to a long distance in front of you. The wind that blows here and the sound it makes with the trees and the water is just divine. I believe one can actually walk around the lake thro' this path.

It was late enough for us to come back and with a heavy heart we started retracing finding other plants which we did not take not off while going. Back to the temple, and the stadium, we could more Frogs and Toads on the ground. We could see many more bats now, of course, with help of torches. There were hardly any people in the place and time for some fauna to use the place. While walking out of the stadium, we could hear a barn owl and did spot a owlet on a tree after much adieu. Then at the end there was a majestic male spotted deer near the stadium entry point where we finished off the walk.

It was one nice experience and i presently am wondering if i can do more such trips around campus. The only disturbing thing, was the presence of empty 'Pan Parag' and 'Hans' packets below the tamarind trees. I was atleast saved not finding some other remains of man's spirited explorations. After all, i have started to wonder as to which part of the campus is really not disturbed by homo sapiens for free usage by other living organisms?!?!?!?!?

PS: Campus residents reading this blog are requested to kindly consider exploring such parts of campus of course with a request not to tamper with nature in any way

Hey bhaand, thanks for visiting my blog. Its a pity that as long as I was in IIT there was no water in the lake! And its also a pity that I didnt get the chance to have such walks. Have fun there dude
hi da. thought you were metabuh,my classmate. profile patha odana than therinjuthu bhaand nu.read your blog.nice one.btw you have misspelt my name.it is santosh.
Why the sudden interest in nature walks??? :D

As far as your concern for human interaction nature, I think mostly IIT-M is an awesome example for how the two can live together peacefully.Albeit "mostly"...
Aha, should've been good fun. Nice, da. Should want to go around the place myself one of these days.

I suppose the company of your good friend BWSDS should've made it more enjoyable. Tell me though, how the hell do ya pronounce that name and not give up in life?
thanks for reading da neela.

vaat is metabuh?

I am natural person and have a passion for nature always da helmet. Well it needs a natural person to understand nature and one's feelings to it.

pj, i dont call her anything at all. in fact i abstain from calling her at all. If you wish we can go around the places together, i have half a mind to grab a camera and take shots of the place...
That idea should click, methinks.
Didnt know you had a cam, ra.
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