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Small and Beautiful

Summer is here! All you have to do is to go out into a park or deserted area and if you pause for a while and allow your eyes adjust to the space around you,  you will start noticing flies, insects, ants and a whole lot more moving around the place. But have you actually taken a good look at these “Creatures”?


They are exquisitely created in form, colour and size; and are born with the will to survive. I do believe that they have been the source of inspiration for the “Aliens” that have been created in the sci-fi movies of the recent past.


From the common house fly to the tiny butterflies,  from the bees that carry pollen from one flower to the other in search of honey, to the busy ants….they are all on a mission….they need to collect enough food for the day to grow, survive and later on pass their genes to the next generation.


We do’nt always see the beauty in these tiny creatures for a couple of reasons….firstly, we consider ourselves superior and busy, and do not spare them a thought, – especially if it means we have to go out in the heat to look for them; and secondly, they are so small that unless you actually make the effort to find them, and inspect them closely, you never really get to see the great level of perfection and detail that each one of them possess.


Although they are found almost all year round, probably the best time to find them is during the spring/summer months. Mornings are generally the best time, this is when activity is at its highest.


Take a few minutes each time you pass by some flowers or tall grass, look for them……you will not be disappointed.





Africa…….at last!!


After so many years of watching National Geography, it was finally a bit difficult to accept the fact that we were actually in the Masai Mara. Hundreds of different images kept flashing through our minds as our vehicle slowly made its way past the animals, most of them oblivious to the fact that we were there.


We did get a few inquisitive stares from some of the inhabitants of the grasslands, but then that was to be expected. The Zebra’s, one of the most commonly sighted animals on the plains (we soon found that out) were definitely amused with us.


This young giraffe also seemed to think the same. He actually stopped his feeding just to give us a stare which told us that we should move on and not keep watching him.IMG_0329a

Then came the Topi, but hey, we were getting better at watching the animals, and not showing too much excitement, because the warthogs that flanked the antelope showed little or no interest in us…they just continued feeding their faces.

“Caution…we are now getting close to the Hippo’s, they are very dangerous animals”  said our guide….this was the scene that met our eyes..


These guys were in a state of bliss….looked like they could go on sleeping like that for another 2 days. There was no way we were going to disturb them!

But yes, there was one little guy who did not take to us at all…for some reason he was hell bent on chasing us away from there. He would take 3 steps forward, and 3 backward; just kept pretending to frighten us away…he  kept it up for a while and then just got tired of his little game.


We cannot really begin to describe the emotions that went through us as we watched the animals, looked for new ones, understood their habits and behavioral patterns. Our eyes kept searching the horizons for more, and our fingers kept clicking.

But enough for now, join us later as we continue our drive through the Masai Mara….

A Drive Into Nature

Panorama 2a1 Before the weather changed, we wanted to do one more road trip, so we decided to drive to the top of Jebel Jais mountains. We were not too sure of what to expect there, but nature had a surprise in store for us.

IMG_0977 Across the vast expanse of mountains, and along the very dusty and winding roads…it was a different world altogether.


Every now and then the terrain changed, giving us diverse views of the mountains and the surroundings areas.


We spent the whole morning just soaking in nature and the beauty that surrounded us, before finally returning to the base of the mountain range where we had started from.

The Daily Walk

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With the climate cooling down its the perfect time to travel to the desert to get some good pictures of the culture around us. With a little bit of patience and perseverance, and the fact that you may actually have to venture into the off-beaten track, you can find the trainers with their camels in the dunes. The satisfaction in getting these images is that other than the camels and their riders, there is no other trace of civilization around you.

We came across this group  more by chance…they suddenly appeared from behind a dune and we had to opportunity to make a few good photos before they again vanished behind another large dune. A few minutes after this the wind picked up, and we soon found ourselves in the middle of a lot of swirling sand, and very reduced visibility. There was really no way in which we could use our cameras without getting sand into them, and so decided to make our way back to our vehicle, all the while protecting our camera gear, while the sand kept getting into our eyes, mouth, hair and clothes. Something a little different from the normal routine day.

Moody Slopes

DSCF5539aWhile doing photography,one of the things that we need to keep in mind is that we have to capture the mood of the place/subject. It actually helps the viewer to get a better insight of what the photographer has witnessed and captured.

This picture was made in Manali, India. Although it was generally a very clear and bright day, there were several times when the sky would fill with clouds, sometimes so thick, that you felt that they would just explode into a heavy thunderstorm; there would be dark shadows of the clouds on the mountain slopes, giving the mountains a mysterious look; and then all of a sudden they would be gone, leaving behind a clear, sunny day.

Look for moments like this, it brings out the best in your pictures.