“Keep close to Nature’s heart… and break clear away, once in a while, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.”- John Muir
It has always been my dream to be a nomad. Dreams do come true. On a casual telephonic conversation with my friend, a travel writer Lakshmi Sharath, an impromptu trip to Coorg was finalized. The destination was Tata Plantations in Coorg.
With lofty trees reaching out to the sky and birds chirping around in a carpet of lush green plantations, the wisp of crisp clean air refreshes us as we set out to explore the surroundings of the plantation.
Coorg nestled in the Western ghats is an amazing destination which offers many hidden surprises. As we trekked in this plantation down the valley the naturalist points out to a cluster of flowers. He says “It blooms only after 6 in the evening.” They looked quite ordinary and dull at 4 :30 in the evening.
Late in the evening as the sun sets down the chirping of the birds softens down. It is time to return, as we trace back our trek. An intense aroma fills the air. On looking around we find the white flowers in full bloom .
Instead of blooming in day time these flowers bloom in the night to attract nocturnal insects like moths, beetles and mammals like bats. The flowers that attract moths at night are white or very pale flowers , since color is less useful in the dusk compared to scent. As this flower is pollinated by insects that come out in the night, the flower only opens & releases its scent when its pollinators become active. Good to have stumbled upon this amazing flower which blooms only during the night . It seems to play hide and seek with the sun .
We did find a beautiful moth in the vicinity of the plant which could be one of the pollinators.
Never know what surprise is in store for us when we look around. Many such sightings will follow in my next post.