…bucK bacK

I wonder what on earth people love things made out of animals. It’s just so funny to think “I need a letter opener, I guess I’ll have to kill a deer”. Unlike wild animals, its only human being kills for sport and if you still call yourself civilized, i prefer to stay wild.
Being a lover of nature, animals and wildlife i practise not to post any photos of caged animals or birds.

Please STOP & NEVER SUPPORT Animal cruelty

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Posted for ‘Sunday Stills Photography challenge – Me soooo horny’
Location: Bandipur, India

WHITE BEAUTY

I believe it was my first snow in Liverpool back in 2006, a surprise wonderland nature sketched for me at our backyard in the morning.

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Posted for SundayStills photography challenge: Walking in a Winter Wonderland

Elephant attack

Seconds before a wild elephant attack on our safari jeep, check out he is gearing up with full power, muscles and veins of his leg. Extremely dangerous especially when it is a lonely bull with one tusk. He is notorious for sure.

Me & my family survived the attack with the expert hands of our Safari driver through that slippery mud roads. It was a life time experience for my wife and 3 year old kid, but yet another one for me

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Location: Muthanga, Kerala – India

Tips to survive elephant attack:

Most of the initial elephant charges especially wild are “mock” (threat) charges or is pretending to charge but is actually testing you out to see if you’re aggressive or a non-threat. Your life is in recognizing the difference.

Listen for warnings, which we usually take it as Hello’s. With wild elephants its like ‘to hell with you’ not Hello
Watch the elephant’s ears, if it is relaxed and fanned out, he is probably making/about to make a mock charge. If they are pinned back flat, it is likely that the charge is real
Watch out trunk that is curled inward
Check out the front legs as they are indicators of an elephant working out whether to charge or retreat., the more likely the elephant was making a threatening show out of fear and had no intention to really charge.

Am not sure if it would practically work if Elephant is close, but stay downwind of the elephant at all times. It is difficult to smell you and seek you out (elephants have a keen sense of smell).

Sometimes it might be possible to shoo off the elephant by making loud noise if there is some distance between you and the charging elephant.
You might not be so willing to shout at a bull elephant in must, a time during which the elephant will be exceptionally aggressive and more likely to charge with intent to harm

If you are that brave, you have the option of standing absolutely still

Avoid showing your back to the elephant. Yes it includes turning and running which encourages chasing
If you decided to run and loose hope, look for something to keep between you and the charging elephant. Something larger than you or something that can act as a shield. If you are near to your vehicle you can honk if its safe, at normal cases they will leave the situation, but if its really close at all cases it would charge at the vehicle and tip it off. Sometimes a good ditch can help you, hop into a ditch. a large ditch and staying low if its deep enough

If you’re running and the elephant is drawing nearer, throw a jacket, hat, bag or branch a distance away from you. This might serve as enough of a distraction for the elephant to attack it instead of you

Sneaky whiskers…

In a cat’s eye, all things belong to cats………until one fine day a Dog corrects it :).

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Posted for SundayStills Photography challenge – Pets

Long and the winding roads…

May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome and dangerous. Let your passion rise into and above all the efforts leading to the most amazing view on the heights of greatness. …on our way to the foot of The Great Himalayas.

My inner desire always thrive to take the roads less travelled, the roads that challenges most and take me deep in to the utmost happiness of being in that moment.

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Posted at Sunday Stills photography challenge – Long and winding roads
Location: Auli @ Joshimath, India.
Thanks to my buddys: Joshious, Dany & Soloman Das

Welcome home…

Kerala, a little slice of paradise, a prosperous state on the southwest coast of India. We the people of Kerala would suggest to rest your eyes on our natural splendour and start believing in a paradise well preserved.

Yes, the picturesque green carpeted mountains of Munnar is a stunning vista to any traveller in search of serenity. Whether you travel to Kerala in search of the gods and the land they watch over, the experience is sure to be a unforgettable one.

Welcome home

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In support of Kerala Blog Express Trip2
Location – Munnar, Kerala
Special thanks to Mr. Rohan & TATA TEA

VIBGYOR

“Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud”
Whenever i search for a quote on rainbow, that’s what comes first. What a beautiful quote, and it is the best thing we can do in this world. Yes life is all about your reflections and refractions to be the most beautiful and blessed creation of God

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Posted in Sunday Stills Photography Challenge – The Rainbow connection
Location – Liverpool, London

A rainbow is not an object, it cannot be approached or physically touched
To see a rainbow, you must stand with your back to the sun, otherwise it will not be visible.
A rainbow is in fact a full circle of light. However, due to most people viewing a rainbow on the ground we only see a semi-circle or arc of the rainbow.
Rainbows are created by both reflection and refraction (bending) of light in water droplets in the atmosphere, which results in a spectrum of light appearing.
No two people see the same rainbow, in fact even our individual eyes see slightly different rainbows. If someone appears to be standing under a rainbow you can see, they will see a different rainbow at the same angle but further away
Sir Isaac Newton identified the 7 colors of the visible spectrum that together make up white light. All of which are present in a rainbow in the order red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet (the acronym or name ROY G BIV is a good way to remember these colors and their order, we learned it the other way VIBGYOR  ).

Burning curiosity

A sense of curiosity is nature’s original school of education and it will conquer fear even more than bravery.
As a responsible parent, i usually give him directions and leave him for a safe play under strict supervision and control.

My son and his first experiences with fire crackers

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Contributed for ‘Sunday Stills Photography Challenge’ – Light my fire

Stonehenge


Spectacular Megalithic Site in Salisbury, United Kingdom.
Circular series of huge stones has the history believed to be built in stages between 3000 & 1500 BC is a huge astronomical instrument that could accurately measure solar and lunar movements as well as eclipse.


There is something magical in Stonehenge, feel like everything stands still and silent or may be slow. Or could be the whole natural setting made me lost in serenity.

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Location: Stonehenge, United Kingdom
Status: Re-post

DOF

DOF – Depth Of Field, is all about your creativity.
A shallow DOF is commonly used in Portrait Photography. It is basically a small area of the photo is in focus and is commonly used to isolate the subject from surroundings/backgrounds, and a wide DOF is where pretty much everything in the photo is focused. It is commonly used in Landscape photography.

Are you confused of those ‘ f ’s in photography terms? Let me put it in simple words. Its related to ‘aperture’ the hole which controls the amount of light that falls on a camera sensor. A smaller ‘f’ number indicates a large hole and a larger number indicates a smaller hole . When your aperture is wide open, your depth of field is really shallow and it’s hard to find a good focal point or it can be on the most nearer objects.

Below is with aperture wide open blurring the green trees in the far background to pure plain green background focusing only the dragonfly and the stem.

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Contributed for “Sunday Stills Photography Challenge” – DOF

Who am i ?

I can stay up to 15 minutes under water, but cannot breath under the water……who am i?
I use a technique called echolocation to find food and navigate, but communicate through sounds & whistles……who am i?
I am the only mammal that gives birth with the tail first instead of the head……who am i?
I have two stomachs just like for cows. The first one stores the food for them and the second one is where digestion takes place ……who am i?
I have 100 teeth in my mouth but we use them to grab our prey not to chew it. All food is swallowed in whole ……who am i?
We use a hunting tactic of circling the fish in a school and make them a tight ball. Then we patiently take turns going through the center of the ball to feed ……who am i?
Only one side of our brain sleeps at a time, allowing us to be able to breathe and to be able to watch for threats even while we are resting ……who am i?
We have a fast healing process even when we have deep wounds ……who am i?

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Location: Mussandum, Oman

Made in 1940’s

How many of us heard of Sir Henry Royce? …yes, the greatest cars of all time was his vision along with Mr Charles Stewart Rolls.
The first year 1906 when the company introduced its first car, the Silver Ghost. The car ran non-stop for a record-breaking 24,000 km.
The oldest known Rolls-Royce still on the road is the 1906 owned by Mr Thomas Love Jr of Scotland
There was only one chassis built in 1940’s as the production of chassis was ceased in 1939. If you check the production you can’t see any cars produced between 1939 and 1950.

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Contributed for “Sunday Stills Photography Challenge” – 1940’s
Rolls Royce Phantom @ Scotland

And here comes some interesting facts…
The Rolls-Royce radiator grille is made entirely by hand and eye – no measuring instruments are used
It takes one man one day to make a Rolls-Royce radiator, and then five hours are spent polishing it
Even today every Rolls-Royce engine is completely hand built
No one is certain who designed the Rolls-Royce radiator grille or the interlinked RR badge
At these times customers can choose from……….(hold your breath)………44000 colours

Tiny wonders…

Did you know origin of Ants in our planets are as old as dinosaurs? Its believed they even survived the mass extinction event occurred 65 million years ago.

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Featuring ‘Carpenter Ant’

Ant societies have division of labour, communication between individuals, and the ability to solve complex problems. These parallels with human societies have long been an inspiration and subject of study.Many species of ants are known to raid neighbouring colonies and steal eggs or larvae in a practice known as “dulosis”. The forcibly acquired young are then either eaten or put to work.

Ant communities are headed by a queen or queens, whose function in life is to lay thousands of eggs that will ensure the survival of the colony. Workers
On other hand Male ants often have only one role—mating with the queen. After they have performed this function, they may die.

And finally if you ever wondered how these little things march in one line, Ants follow scent trails laid by scout ants to gather food. Then each one adding more scent to the trail to reinforce it for others. The workers will continue walking back and forth along the line until the food source is depleted.

Cranes

Patience is not simply the ability to wait – it’s how we behave while we’re waiting.

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Posted for “Sunday Stills Photography challenge – Anything with letter C”

Imagine yourself standing by a river bank patiently waiting for a fish to come near and if you can catch it. I bet, you may survive 1st 10 minutes before splashing all around and running out J. But, these birds are super awesome. It stands still just like that, as beautiful and patient like that to deliver that mighty attack on any fish comes near. They are built for it. Their bills and feet are important tools. A crane’s bill is very sharp and sturdy, useful when probing frozen soil. The edges are serrated to grasp slippery food like worms and snakes. Not only is it used for preening, it is also used as a weapon. Do you ever wonder how cranes stay warm while standing for hours in near-freezing water? They can reduce the amount of blood that has to be warmed by constricting blood vessels in their feet. Also, the arteries and vessels in their legs are right next to each other so the colder blood is warmed before it reaches the body.

Cranes are opportunistic fliers, relying on the wind and columns of warm air for accomplishing appropriate height and length of flying. Siberian Cranes migrate 10,000 miles round trip, and Eurasian Cranes can fly higher than 30,000 feet

Green

Green is the prime colour of the world.
Physiologically, green affects the nervous system, causing us to breathe slowly and deeply, helping the heart to relax by slowing the production of stress hormones.

No wonder am always falling in love with it :)………….i’d love to drive miles and miles to get lost in it…

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Posted for ‘Sunday Stills Photography Challenge – letter G’

Strength, Courage & Confidence

I gained my strength, courage, and confidence by every horrible experiences I lived through. I can take the next thing that comes along. Am on and waiting.

Certain situations were we freezes, not even a space to think a step forward….but definitely backwards :)

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Location: Bandipur National Park, India

Floating blots


Human society sustains itself by transforming nature into garbage.
Hence, Water and air, the two essential fluids on which all life depends, have become global garbage bins.

I always wanted to be surrounded by beauty, beauty of everything in this world but not garbage. How many of us bothered to clean up the mess after a camping at beach or jungle? Why don’t we give it a try? After all what does it takes?……………………enjoy being responsible to the smallest things in your life. In my experience that’s how you learn to respect yourself.

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Contributed for “Sunday Stills Photography challenge” – On the water

Through the rainbow…

Somewhere over the rainbow, skies are blue, and the dreams that you dare to dream really do come true; like my trip to the foot of Himalayas. I never thought i would make it one day, until one fine day 2 of my friends ignited the fire inside me. Till now they don’t have a clue how much that trip helped me to cleanse my soul and prepared me to take an important decision in my life. Its such an inspiration, such a great motivation and energy from those trips we make to places less known to us.

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Location: Joshimath, Uttarakhand – India

The Flying Bulls

There is no sport equal to that which aviators enjoy while being carried through the air on great wings.

My favorite acrobatic team
Red bull flying machines, a team of dare devils dedicated to maximum discipline, focus, self-confidence and above all teamwork

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Posted for ‘Sunday Stills Photography Challenge’ – Planes

Asian Wild Elephant

Sacred but exploited, the Asian elephant has been worshipped for centuries and is still used today for ceremonial and religious purposes. Not only is it revered for its role within Asian culture and religion, it is also a key biological species in the tropical forests of Asia.

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The Asian wild elephants are smaller than the African elephants. They are usually gray or brown in colour, as may be mostly masked by soil. They are extremely intelligent and self-aware. Asian elephants are timid and much more ready to flee from a foe than to attack. However, solitary rogues are frequently an exception to this rule, and sometimes make unprovoked attacks on passers-by. Rogue elephants sometimes take up a position near a road, making it impassable to travellers. Females with calves are at all times dangerous to approach. When an Asian elephant makes a charge, it tightly curls up its trunk and attacks by trampling its victim with feet or knees, or, if a male, by pinning it to the ground with its tusks. During musth, bulls are highly dangerous, not only to human beings, but also to other animals.

In the face of rapidly growing human populations, the Asian elephants’ habitat is shrinking fast and wild elephant populations are mostly small, isolated, and unable to mingle as ancient migratory routes are cut off by human settlements. WWF considers the Asian elephant a ‘flagship’ species, whose conservation would help maintain biological diversity and ecological integrity over extensive areas, because these large animals need a lot of space to survive. Conservation efforts taken by forest authorities in southern part of India, especially in Kerala, Karnataka and Tamilnadu deserve much appreciation as i have witnessed their initiatives many times during my visits to places like Mudumalai, Bandipur and Gudallur.

Location: Bandipur National Park
Thanks to our Safari officer – Mr. Siddiraj (A very dedicated forest guard @ Bandipur National Park)

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