“Oh no! Not a bird park again”. This was my immediate response to my friend’s suggestion of visiting a bird park in Singapore. How was it going to be different from the ones I had visited in other countries?
“A bird park is a bird park”, I said. Well, actually no.
It took me three trips to
Tangkuban Perahu – Arising out of a legend
As I stand at the rim of Tangkuban Perahu crater, the legend unfolds in front of me. A single mother Dayang Sumbi who lived in West Java, cast away her son Sangkuriang for disobedience. Son went to a faraway place. Saddened by her actions, the beautiful woman was also worried about her future. Looking at her sadness the Gods granted her the power of eternal youth.
The local villagers were talking about a forest on a hill where birds refused to fly near and if they did, they would end up dead. The locals had declared it as eerie and mysterious forest. This was in 1837. These stories prompted a German botanist Dr Franz W. Junghuhn to investigate, and in turn, he discovered Kawah Putih.
Kawah (water) Putih (white) which
Green Lung and Biodiversity in Mumbai!
The other day one of my friends , who is also a nature photographer, called me and said that he was coming to Mumbai for the first time and wanted to know about budget hotels in Mumbai or maybe 3 star hotels in Mumbai and also if opportunities existed for nature photography!
The first imagery that one
Rules of Jungle
I had been watching pictures of wild animals posted by my friends from different parts of the world and always wondered if I would enjoy watching the animal kingdom in its natural habitat. When I went on a week-long wildlife trip to Kanha National Park in Madhya Pradesh, I was a bit apprehensive.
Morning rays welcome us into the jungle.
I was pushed by my
You must be wondering what I am upto these days!
Well, I am back from my trekking trip to the valley of flowers, Hemkunt Sahib and more. And I tell you, trekking nearly 60 kilometers in all, half of which was uphill is no joke for a city dweller like me !
I also went to Badrinath and walked up to the last tea shop in last village on Indian side before descending to Rishikesh, Dehradun et al.
The time was not perfect for the entire trip as it was raining heavily and we faced a number of landslides on every single leg of our journey which made the job tough. If we faced only 4 landslides on a stretch while going up, the fate had more in store for us while coming down the same stretch.
But our main attraction was
Picture of the moment is a weekly series exhibiting pictures, through which I show you a bit of my world.
Malaysian Lipstick is also called as Lipstick palm or sealing wax.
Two years back I saw it for the first time in Seremban, Malaysia and immediately fell in love with it. I marveled at the bold red color that had overshadowed the typical greens. The rustling sound of its leaves had caught my attention and I so wanted to possess one.
I stopped and yes, you guessed it right. I clicked pictures. 😀
Well, I couldn’t imagine a bamboo tree like that! It was much later (on my recent visit) that I was corrected, they are NOT bamboo trees but palm !
A bunch of red Malaysian lipsticks. 😛