Butterflies in the pool garden

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An advantage of Cardamom House is its rich variety of habitats and associated photographic opportunities. The variety of butterflies to be photographed changes as the day advances. In addition, the varieties change from week to week as different flowers come into bloom. It is such a luxury to be able to sit on the verandah or in the garden, camera at the ready, and have your subject visit you!    

Photography tours

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Over the last few years the beauty of the locations and the wealth of opportunities close to Cardamom House has meant that we have been visited as a part of a photographic tour. For example, Charlie Waite has brought two Light and Land Tours to Cardamom House. The participants have spent time photographing sari-clad women slipping through the palms, while discovering the intricacies of accurately capturing the vibrant colours and delicate light. With Pandi, they have explored the village. Some of their images have won prizes in competitions. Some participants have also taken… Read more »

Babblers

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Babblers are always around. They feed on insects, berries and seeds – and crumbs. Locally, they are known as the seven sisters, because they are usually in gangs of seven. The word ‘gang’ has been used advisedly. They are territorial and protect their patch noisily and sometimes violently. We’ve had an East Verandah Gang and a West Verandah Gang, but occasionally they change their territories. It’s almost impossible to distinguish the males and the females.

Regular visitors to the garden

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Sunbirds are always around in the garden. They seem to focus on one flower colour and then move on to another colour when the first is in short supply. They will often come right up to the verandah, where guest are eating breakfast or reading a book. Robins are also regular visitors. They often build a nest in the gable of Valley House. Their red rump makes them different from the robins seen in Europe and in North America.         Peacocks regularly walk through the garden searching for… Read more »

The Indian Roller

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For a number of days, we have watching a flash of turquoise swooping into the trees by the volleyball court. It was too big to be a kingfisher and there was no cackling scream, so we searched the bird books, and identified it as a roller. The bird had probably been attracted to the rich pickings of insects and small reptiles on the cleared land. In addition, there had been too much debris from our prunings of the garden’s trees and shrubs for the passing goats to eat, so Pandi had been… Read more »

Watch a film shoot

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Some of you who have visited Cardamom House may recall Chris talking about being an extra in a Tamil film!. The staff team also have tales to recalls about their encounters with screen stars. The environments around the house and the lake are superb locations for filming. Sometimes the ‘peace’ of the countryside is disturbed by the repeated strains from the latest hit competing with the cackle of the kingfisher, as they reverberate either from the lake or the temple. On investigation, we discover the incongruity of a film set, with… Read more »