Monday, August 31, 2009

photo: mango picking


Do you see her? That's one of the mango trees at my neighbor's home, the one I can see from my living room sofa! I spotted her one morning plucking mangoes with this rod that had a mesh bag and some sort of hook at the end to break the mango stems. I like how she almost merges into the leaves of the tree itself. This shot was taken sometime in late July. There still are some mangoes on this tree, but no one seems to be coming to the roof to pick them anymore.

On a different note, I went through my Blogger settings this afternoon and switched to the updated settings for posting. I like that one can re-size the pics after they are loaded and move them around by just dragging them, but I certainly do not like that while the pics are being uploaded you cannot use the post page. I always write my posts while the photos are being uploaded, so that's a definite waste of time for me to have to do them separately. Will try it out for a while and see if I want to stick with it or switch back.

10 comments:

Gillian said...

This makes me smile, just knowing you have a mangoe tree next door is intriguing to me!!!
It sounds perfectly lovely. xo

Shalini said...

Lol, we have mango trees in our compound as well and lots and lots of date palms. Our mangoes crop is over but the dates are still there...in fact I just sorted and cleaned a whole bunch of dates yesterday.

Patricia Torres said...

How nice... you have a mango tree next door to you!!!

I dont know what blogger setting you've changed... as I'm the least tech savvy person...

I've tried Windows Live Writer and thats fab... it allows you change size / shadow your pics, upload videos... use different fonts.. etc.. etc.. Its nice!

Shalini said...

Patricia, Yes, it was a nice surprise to find a place surrounded by fruit trees and birds, not what I expected from Dubai.

I made the change in Blogger Settings. It's under the tab called Basic and is right at the bottom...just a click to select what type of post editor you want to use.

bindu said...

I miss the mango trees in india ...

shuma.rani said...

Your photo reminds me of India too, particularly
the fact that others are enjoying mangoes in my parents garden whileI'm in rainy London.

Shalini said...

bindu, yes, I too think of India whenever I see mangos. These ones here are quite different and nowhere as tasty as the ones we have back home.

Shuma, lol, so sorry about that!

Tanya said...

We have a mango tree here too and had one just over the fence in Samoa. In Samoa we (and our gardener) used the pool scoop to reach the high mangos but we had to be quick as there was plenty of competition from the bats who came down from the hills at dusk and squabbled noisily over them till dawn dropping mangos scarred with great talon marks on the lawn and sometimes on the roof. Here we have a long bamboo pole split at one end and formed into a basket with a mango sized window in one side. Ingenious really much lighter than the pool scoop.
I found you a while ago and have been enjoying reading your blog!

Lakshmi -Celebrations said...

Reminds me of the mango trees in our house,we used to go to the first floor terrace with this type of sticks with sickle attached to it to cut the small twigs on which the mangoes hang.imagine the height of the mango tree...nice

Shalini said...

Tanya, What a cool way to pluck mangoes! Thanks for visiting and taking the time to comment!

Lakshmi, How cool! I can't really remember ever plucking mangoes off a tree...plucked lots of apricots, plums, peaches and apples off trees, but no mangoes!