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And again some dried flowers and leaf from my travels in India last year. I picked this giant milkweed which is very common in the Thar desert; it even has some green fruits on it. Not edible for human, but goat eat it. And a dry leaf. I am still in a fix whether I should paint some landscape, which is not my strong point or interest per se. We’ll see on my next journey, I guess. My colorpalette this time: strong greens as Hookers green/cobalt dark green and mauve/brilliant blue violet for the flowers. The dry leaf has some olive green/translucent brown/vanDijcks earth and burned sienna. The sky a cerulean blue and yellow ochre for the sands.

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A lot of eating is done at the huge camel fair in Pushkar. I picked up these dried red peppers and the next day some acacia pods in Bikaner, also in the great Thar Desert. The red peppers are colored in the earthy colors, sienna natur, burnt sienna, burnt umber, raw umber, madder brown, walnut brown and India red; some olive green thrown in. The acacia pods also with yellows and browns, sienna natur, burn umber, yellow ochre and walnut brown.DSC00177

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In the Thar desert, near Bikaner, I saw shrubs of white/purple giant milkweed or calotropis procera. Inside the stalks of this plant is a milky fluid, said to be toxic for human. Animals, goats eat it. The shrubs can grow quite tall.DSC00130

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A blue flower in the dry Tahr desert, and frangipani on the isle of Jaq Mandir in the Pichola lake. One of the few flowers in the Thar; lots of them are prickly. Some animals eat these flowers and other are trampled upon by lots of camels on the fair, camel carts, tents and nomads from far away, which makes for an exciting setting.
The frangipani tree or Plumeria onĀ  Jaq Mandir is planted in a beautiful garden of a small white palace. The borders of the lake are beautiful with white palaces, bridges and women washing their colorful saris. A part of the James Bond movie Octopussy was shot here.DSC00129

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