Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Fire Dance -1

These guys had come to perform the fire dance @ Orange County, Kabini,during Christmas. As usual I was trying to get a couple of photos of the flames as they went whizzing past the performers' heads'. I did manage to get one really nice shot...seeing these guys, i was wondering whether they can go to schools to teach little kids how to spell since they were moving the fiery sticks in a particular fashion, like it spelt something. Upon taking one really nice photo, it got me wondering whether or not to tell the performers that COW is spelt C-O-W and not C-O-U !!! [ or probably they were trying to spell C-O-U-P-L-E, for all the couples there... did not have the heart to ask them... specially after that spectacular performance ]


A few of my friends and I were sitting in one of the friend's room and chatting away to glory. Suddenly out of nowhere this little fellow [ for he was a very young tarantula] appears on the window sill and sits still... watching and waiting[ for its in their blood to do that]. I can still remember the looks on the many faces... some with their mouths open[ not in awe and admiration but to scream, which failed to come out]. Frantically pointing their fingers at the " Big Hairy Thing", they beat a hasty retreat from the room into the safety of their own... one even reasoning that the same might enter his room sometime and that his room windows were open !!
As for me, I quickly sped to pick up my camera and was back to take a close up of the tarantula. while I was doing so, one weak voice came from behind the door " Since you are not afraid, why dont YOU show the "BIG HAIRY THING" the other side of the window and make sure that he stays there? " One glare and that was the end of the advice session [thankfully from all who were present]. But anyways, I was able to get a good photo of the spider, and for me that is all that mattered. After the photo session I kindly showed the spider the other side of the window...... and made sure that the people who stayed in that very room keep the windows closed during the nights !!! till date, if they ever open the window in the night.... they remember the glare on my face !!! he he he !!!

Peacock Pansy !!!

Found this beautiful butterfly by chance... Dina and I were actually looking out for a baby rat snake that had ventured into the reading lounge, Orange County Resorts, Kabini. After a half hour chase through the tall grass and the lantanas, not forgetting the "touch me nots" [ for I was greatly affected by their thorns], We got it to sit down and STAY there for 3 mins!!! and this is what i got [not as expected though].

Caught in the act

This big gecko was hiding behind a lamp... thinking it would not notice my friend Dina tried to take a photo, but in vain.. after about 15 mins, the gecko shows up at the place where Dina could get his head and just as she clicked he turned around to show his lovely eye, as if to say " i see you are back... why are you staring down from the top of the lamp?" ... and after Dina took a photo of the eye, the gecko struck out his tongue over his eye and licked it clean... too bad she could not get a photo of THAT !! It then went off hunting for some small insect that flew too close to the light.

Peregrine Falcon

One of my next sketches... loved the eye... only the head... had to have a memory on paper. One of my best sketches.