It was 2.30am when I slept that day. I could only sleep for another hour or so. I badly needed some sleep. At 3.30 I woke up to the phone call from Ravee telling me that he was waiting outside. I quickly brushed and headed out. By 4am, 5 of us were out on Magadi road heading towards Mullainagiri. A small tea stop at the Magadi Road – Chennarayapattana junction set us for the day. After a quick stop for breakfast at Berur, we headed towards Kemmangundi and Bababudangiri. This was my first monsoon trip and I was quite excited about it. It is refreshing to see completely green surroundings. The roads were slushy and it was raining intermittently. I loved the rains. After nearly a 5 hr drive, we were at the base of the Bababundangiri hills in the Bharada Wildlife Sanctuary. Ravee and others were looking out for orchids and wild flowers. I had never before attempted to identify wild flowers even though they look really pretty. Our first stop was close to the Kalahatti falls where Ravee identified an orchid flowering out on a tree, which was later identified as Aerides ringens. Just around there, we always the wild flower, Impatiens zombensis. There are found flowering all over the western ghats during the monsoons.