The container flora fauna and environment

Shoot Borer Large Cardamom

An icy wind pierces clothing and trees and makes field work a chore to be hastened rather than the usual pleasure. We walk down to a boggy lakeside, ice crackling underfoot - making crossing a makeshift bridge more than usually difficult. On the lake itself the ice is spreading not yet locking down the whole surface but forming a corona around the rim on which the black ducks stand disconsolately. The ground vegetation changes as we approach the lake from...