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

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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)

rest & rust…

Bajaj Matador Tempo was originally named from Firodia Tempo Ltd after partial acquisition by Bajaj Auto. ‘Tempo’ brand name is associated with Mercedes-Benz since 1976 and still belongs to Mercedes-Benz, hence Bajaj India Auto Ltd changed the name to Force Motors in May 2005.

One and only front wheel drive LCV and one of the most successful pick-up and delivery van in Indian LCV history.
Sadly these days their presence are not anything just more than a ruined and rejected piece of rust left among other huge investments government initiated but never fulfilled.

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Contributed for ‘Sunday Stills Photography challenge’ – Abandoned
Location – Chimmini Dam, Kerala – India

Webbed…

Life is like a spider web. Beautiful at first sight and looks simple to create but in comparison to the world around it, is actually more elaborate than it seems. In one swift movement, it can be taken apart, ripped to shreds, but that’s when you learn to build up the strength to rebuild it, and make it even better than it was before.

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Black & Yellow Orb spider or Garden Spider

Star deep inside you…

You are born star, Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy. – Have a great day

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Posted for ‘Sunday Stills Photography Challenge’ – Orange

Life and Light

Reading about nature is fine, but if a person walks in the woods and listens carefully, he can learn more than what is in books, for they speak with the voice of God. … once in awhile, try taking a walk through the woods. Its important to wash your spirit clean.

…roads to the core of Silent Valley National Park, a magnificent undisturbed green treasure of Kerala. One and only rain forest and tropical moist evergreen forest in India.

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Location: Silent Valley, Kerala – India

Flight? Fight? or a Dance?…

Flight? Fight? or a Dance?… isn’t it beautiful?

I like birds. Everyone likes birds. What wild creature is more accessible to our eyes and ears, as close to us and everyone in the world, as universal as a bird?
-David Attenborough

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Blue Heron @ Abu Dhabi backwaters

Mangoose

Mangoose are eaten up from nose to tail with curiosity, from birth they are told to ‘run and find out’. No one taught them how ferocious a Cobra could be, instead they just got matured with bravery.

That’s how i would advice every parent to deal with their kids, find and make opportunities for your kids to improve their instincts naturally and most of the things they could learn from their own experiences not from our mistakes. Its most important that we need to convince them that we are there to guide, protect and support when they are in need.

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Interesting Facts:
The female mongoose tends to produce only one litter of pups a year, but she is able to produce another litter if for some reason, the first litter is lost. The young mongooses are weaned at around 6 weeks old, and the baby mongooses then begin to forage with their mother until they are 4 months old. The male mongoose babies will leave their mother when they are around 6 months old, while the female mongoose babies will stay longer, sometimes even permanently.

Location: Mudumalai National Park, India

Clouds

Happiness is like a cloud, the more you spread it and share it, the more beautiful your life becomes. Its not a massive single cloud that makes the sky beautiful, but a whole sketch of tiny flakes floating around in sweet blue.

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Posted for ‘Sunday Stills Challenge’ : Clouds

Looking back…

Looking back at my life’s voyage, I can only say that it has been a blessed trip.

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Towering beauty

Etihad Towers, 5 tower complex stands high as an iconic building at corniche Abu Dhabi, The capital city of United Arab Emirates

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Killer eyes

“You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus”
Be honest, whats worrying you? just the eyes or your thoughts about the animal which is having it?

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Water Lily

“I think that the best kind of change, is the change that comes from the inside and begins it’s way out until it emerges on the outside; a change that is born underneath then continues and spreads until it has reached the surface. That’s a true change. A powerful change. And I have found that while we are emerging, changing into something glorious; it is actually us becoming who we really are. A water lily is born underneath the water, inside the soil at the bottom of the river or lake. And the water lily has always been a water lily for that whole time that it was sprouting out of the wet soil, reaching up through the dark water towards the sunlight, stretching and grasping for the surface; where it then buds and blooms on the outside in the sunshine. It doesn’t bud and bloom on the surface and then try to reach down below into the soil.”
― C. JoyBell C.

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Tears of the birdy…

“They never bothered if we survived when they were getting civilized”…………i wonder if its tears got evaporated before it fell on the dry lands.

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Be a good friend of nature.

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