New Leaves

Everything here on our planet undergoes perpetual change. Some changes are periodic in nature. For example, the seasons. If one wants to see the variety of seasons, then India is the place where one can experience so many seasons. From biting cold to burning hot, from spring season to autumn and of course the torrid rains. Not only the periodic change of seasons, even in one country at a given point of time, one can experience different weathers. These days, the winter have given way to autumn here in Bombay. Different flora are experiencing different changes. A few days ago,… Read More »New Leaves

Chemistry of leaf colors

Leaves of plants are the factory units for making the food in the form of sugar from carbon dioxide, water and light by a process called photosynthesis. The process is accomplished with the help of chlorophyll which belongs to a class of organic compounds called porphyrins. We also have noticed that plants leaves change color especially when the amount of light available changes with the change of weather. Chlorophyll exists in two forms namely Chlorophyll A and Chlorophyll B. It’s production in the plant is dependent upon the amount of sunlight available. It also decays at a continuous rate irrespective… Read More »Chemistry of leaf colors

Growing by themselves

There is a river which flows near my home. Most of the time during the year, amount of water is very limited except during monsoon season when the rains in the catchment area flush it with plenty of water. For rest of the time, it is mostly a dry bed of pebbles, stones and sand. People roam in it. Many people immerse idols in it along with the flowers and other things of worship. Flowers are mostly marigolds. Their sometimes get lodged in the clayey soil on the edges of flowing water. Such plants which grow unattended are called Escapes,… Read More »Growing by themselves