As should be evident by now we spent a lot of time driving around Meghalaya seeing lots of organized and more random things on the way. Here is a little collection of some of things and landscapes that were just there and worth taking a picture of. A lot of those things, we also found worth picking as you will see below.
This was an idyllic place. A bright red tree in front of a small meadow filled with white flowers.
And here a very different kind of Meghalaya landscape. Large rolling hills, much more barren than what you would expect in the world's wettest state. But as I explained earlier this could have something to do with the ferocious rains washing away the most fertile top soil every year.
An old Welsh church - about 130-140 years old. You see many churches around Meghalaya and it is a Christian majority state. Before being colonialised the area was dominated by different nature religions and small parts of the population still engage in such practices as serpent worship.
A local woman - probably a so called ethnic Khasi - with a traditional basket on her back.
Sand as white as chalk freshly dug up from the Meghalaya ground.
An amazing view of hills, a river, a lake and a road twisting its way through the landscape. This area is normally closed off to visitors as it houses a dam and supplies water to many people. It is thus vulnerable to terrorism. However after promising that we would behave, Mark managed to get us in via his contacts.
A small, nearby waterfall. I know I have shown many waterfalls already and that this is not so spectacular in comparison with those - but notice how pure and clear the water is. It is virtually 100% transparent.
Talking to a puppy by the dam at the bottom of the valley.
But the top of the hill is where our hunt for Christmas Decorations began. Here you see Susanna plucking pine cones at the top of a hill.
Susanna and Mark picking more pine and pine cones with a stunning backdrop.
Here some wonderful red berries that are perfect for Christmas decorations If you buy these in markets they are quite expensive, so we decided to pick some. Only one problem...
...they were hanging on a tree behind a barbed wire fence. Here you see our attempted solution to that problem. After a long effort of trying to cut off one branch while trying to keep my balance I finally managed to reach and cut one single branch.
Then down I go to collect it....
Unfortunately it fell well out of reach within the fenced off area. Various sticks and tools were taken into use to reach it...
...and finally: TRIUMPH. I got it after 20 minutes of intense labour.