Reflecting the Himalayas in the Nubra valley of Ladakh. Ladakh is actually lot more than just Leh. The last permissible point in Nubra valley is Turtuk which is more than 200 kms away from Leh. But the highlight of the Nubra valley is Hunder sand dunes near Deskit. People go there for riding the double humped camels. Right close to dunes is the section of Karakoram wildlife sanctuary where you can see scenes like this. Marvellous. Isn’t it!
The dunes, the pool, the forest and the Himalayas! The stillness of water can make or break your photo!
These are tough times, all over. Challenges to keep the hopes afloat are tougher than ever. But even few lights might be enough to fight the darkness. That’s what perhaps these earthen lamps try to say to us. India celebrated Diwali on Wednesday, 11th November as festival of lights.
Although they are not classified as migratory birds, because they are native to south of Himalayan region and spread well into south as well as south east Asia, still in my neighbourhood lake painted storks will be visiting only in winters. Most common, still most beautiful of the storks, painted storks have been recently added to near threatened list because of there decreasing population. Their total number is estimated around 25 thousand.
This year to my pleasant surprise, the number of painted stork visiting this lake in eastern Delhi has dramatically increased. Earlier there used to be hardly a couple. But this season, when they arrived in mid of October, I spotted five of them (See: We are Back). And then suddenly… few days later I was thrilled to see a flock of almost thirty. Here are a few of them, busy in their favourite act- catching fish!
Though November has approached, but still day temperatures are unusually high forcing these two male lions at the GIR national park in Gujarat to be in shade for the most part of the day, so that they can conserve their energy for a kill in the night. Watching a lion in wild is a treat and sighting two of them together is a double bonus. So sharing my festival bonus with my readers!
No sight can be more captivating and fascinating then watching the King in its territory. Well here is a queen although… but by no means lesser in beauty and pride. Watching a lioness in wild at just an arm’s length or may be less, with nothing in between except hard breath of both man and animal, is perhaps an experience of a lifetime. GIR in Gujarat gives you that in an open jeep safari. Here is one of those alluring images of a lioness- third that we encountered in two safaris last week.
It was heartening to see the couple of painted storks back in the lake. It was bit pleasantly surprising also, because winters this year seem to be arriving bit late as its already mid-October and maximum temperature is still hovering around 35o celsius. So sight of migratory birds in the lake (Sanjay Lake, East Delhi), where we have our daily morning walk, was heart warming. Second surprise was the number- a couple of painted storks have been regular visitors to this lake every winter for last many years. But this time I was pleasantly shocked to see five of them— highest number I have seen so far in this lake. But unfortunately, I was not carrying the camera that day. Next day, when I was fully armoured with my lenses, I could find only two. But still it was a satisfying day with the camera- you can see, why. Best of timings, that one can get for a shot- isn’t it.
Here’s another photo of the couple-
Watch this space for more of this fish catching episode!
A perfect sunrise turns everything into gold. It gives energy to world around. It gives warmth and colour to life, a spirit to get up and make yourself count… to go and search for your golden moment of the day!!