Saturday, March 14, 2009

Awesome Photo !

This is one photograph that I really liked. We usually try to take a photo of some bird because it is "rare" or "not so common". We rarely think of the "very common" ones just because they are ALWAYS around. But this photograph shows that even a " common" bird taken at the " right moment" will look really awesome.
Even though the photograph is of a pigeon, the way it has been taken and the timing of the photographer is to be greatly appreciated. This is to show that beauty lies in everything.... its up to you to see it...Photo courtesy the Internet.

Together we live - Divided we freeze!!!

It was around 7 that misty morning...and there was a boat safari scheduled for only 2 guests. We got moving thinking that the fog will part [ great expectation, we came to realize later]. We made through the fog like a couple of blind people[ for we were not even able to see the water]. After about 15 mins of what i would call " assumption driving" we came to the conclusion that we would have reached a particular resort further upstream to us. Well, luckily for us, we WERE ACTUALLY there !
After finding the river bank, we slowly and surely followed it upstream. at a particular point the river curves. There was a large clump of bamboo at the curve. This is the favorite spot for Bonnet Macaques. Since it was misty and we had no hope of finding anything else,we were wishing to see these monkeys atleast. To our luck, the whole troop was there... huddling at the bamboos edge, the younger ones a little inside the clump too... they were hugging each other for warmth and the elders who were awake by then were actually seen licking the moisture off each others fur. In that cold and misty morning, this was the best photo some of us could get.

Leap of Fear and Faith

During one of the evening jeep safaris at Nagarhole National Park, Kabini, I decided that we take the riverside route. The driver, looked up at the sky, nodded and turned into the route that led to the riverside. The road was a little moist and slippery. But we had a big vehicle with big tyres [ which means that the vehicle would take the whole road space and we would not fall OFF it !!]. Anyways, we went up the road hoping to find some pachyderms or atleast some jungle fowls... but to our luck all we could spot for an hour were a huge group of Hanuman Langurs. We stopped to take a look at one particular little baby, who at that moment was sitting all alone on a branch quite close to the jeep.Just as the vehicle came to a halt, the kid gave a screeching call, and in a flash the mother[ we had not noticed her till now] came down from another branch grabbed the lil' fella zoomed up the tree with amazing speed and agility and while all of us looked up with open mouths and the obvious mixed expression of surprise and disbelief. One of us managed to time himself right and got this awesome photo just as she jumped from one tree to another. Well, after this little incident we actually concluded the safari by bumping into a large herd of pachyderms !!