Lifescapes Gallery

21 / Apr / 2010
Can you spot the beach in the picture?
Baronet Butterfly, Coorg Photograph: TNA Perumal Story: Rajesh Ramaswamy

Can you spot the beach in the picture?

Forget Cannes, Ibiza, Jamaica, Rio and other playgrounds of the sun worshipping jet set. Some of the world’s most beautiful bodies are to be found sunbathing in the hills and vales of Coorg. While the strips in the south of France and the Caribbean have their acolytes, discerning members of the animal bourgeois find their spot of decadence in this region. We have, for instance, no less a personage than the Baronet of Coorg, who chooses a rock to bask on, and receive salutations from the sun. The Baronet Butterfly is a gentleman of leisure who, apart from being blue blooded, is also cold blooded. So he isn’t able to regulate his own body temperature, and when it drops in cold weather, he’s unable to fly. So he must seek out a sunny spot, like the rock in the image, to soak up the sun’s life giving warmth. Once he’s re-fuelled his solar batteries, it’s time to get back to the business of flitting from flower to flower, checking out the vast lunch buffet that Mother Nature’s laid out for him. And, this is when we’re made aware of another of our Baronet’s eccentricities. His table manners are quirky, to say the least, as we discover that he actually uses his feet to taste his food. Yes, the two short, hairy feet in front are not for locomotion, but serve the more sensory role of being his taste buds. Once they’ve given him an all clear, he sips his fill of nectar, or occasionally, some nourishing tree sap. Liquid refreshments over, our Baronet retires to his chambers, and awaits the beginning of a new day. And the delicious prospect of finding his spot in the sun, all over again.

We at Orange County have loved sharing this story with you, and shall bring you one every fortnight, as part of our Responsible Tourism Initiatives to raise awareness about the nature and culture of the environments we operate in.

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  1. Devanand says:

    Rajesh saab has infected us all with another bout of Chuckleogigglelitis, a very virulent, contagious disease (symptoms range from non-stop giggles to hyena-like belly-racking laughter), esp. if one’s all stitched up and recuperating from an earlier bout. The world is certainly a happier place with people like Mr. R. Rajesh around!

  2. Ajith K V says:

    Dear All,

    It’s Heaven of living things “Orange County Resorts”
    Kindly keep it as such.

    Ajith Menon and Family.

  3. Lasya Digvijay says:

    mazing! I mean AMAZING!

  4. Neel Pratap says:

    excellent photograph !! great to find something like this :;;)
    always fun to receive your emails..


  5. chandrasekharan says:

    Its an outstanding picture. Great work Perumal Sir!!!

  6. T.Padmini Menon says:

    Lovely.Cool to the eye and the mind.Keep up the good work.

  7. Jagadish.B.Machimanda says:

    Mind blowing,wonderful,once again thanks to Orange County lifescapes team giving lot of information.

  8. dev says:


  9. Diwakaran Nair says:

    Once again, a fantastic job by both the lensman and the writer. True jugalbandhi. Keep it up guys:-)

  10. Renee says:

    Very Well written article on our Dear Baronet!!!!

  11. Fr.Mathew says:

    Greetings of Peace.

    I just would like to thank you for the wonderful stories that you send me at regular intervals regarding coorg & Kabini and the flora and fauna of the lcoality. I enjoy reading it and would like to thank you for the same

  12. shivu.k says:

    great shot by great photographer!

  13. Ariane Massmann, Germany says:

    Hello to everyone,
    Still very much remembering your lovely places of Orange County, Coorg and Kabini. We came to Germany by the beginning of April. As you might remember, India was one of the stops on our trip around the world. We saw a lot of fantastic places and countries, i.e. Nepal, Thailand, Laos, Australia and Argentina. But very often we have to think of your lovely places what a great time we had there.
    I’m sure one day we will be back. Our girls still talk a lot about Meenakshi, the resort elephant and when we ever will have a dog, she also will be called Meenakshi.
    Take care and all the best!

  14. pooja.a says:

    HIS creation magnificiently captured!!!!!!

  15. Tania says:

    Fascinating photograph and very aptly captioned

  16. K.S.Shetty says:

    Very well written,with subtle humour! I suggest that instead of “refueling solar batteries” it could be”recharging solar batteries”

  17. Thomas Ramapuram says:

    Lovely Picture.

  18. Robin Raj says:

    Excellent report…thank you for the same…

  19. Deeksha says:


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