Project 365, Day 63: Palace of Birds


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Palace of Birds…

Several times I have traveled to Jamanagar. This was my 5th trip to the city of Jamnagar, once upon a time known to be the capital of the Princely State of Nawanagar. Each time I have made it a point to visit the Lakhota lake, my favorite place by the way. However every time I have missed going to the museum that is present at the center of the lake.

Finally this time I visited the museum and I must say I wasn’t disappointed! The museum housed in the Lakhota Palace is beautifully adorned with frescoes, sculpted jalis (window seen above),  and carvings. In the lake surrounding it, you can spot gulls, pelicans, spot bill ducks, widgeons, terns, cormorants and many such birds. In the center of the lake,in the Palace, houses Pigeons and Rosy Starlings(Starlings only for the winters).

The afternoon sun was high-up in the sky and the commotion made by these pigeons cast shadows on the yellow walls of the Palace.  This is when I got an idea, and positioned myself in front of a Jali. After several failed shots, finally got this shot. A frozen moment, depicting the current avian residents of the palace and its heritage in one frame

Project 365, Day 62: Wild surprises…


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Wild surprises..

Seagulls swarm our boat to Beyt Dwarka, to feed on biscuits thrown out to them by our fellow passengers. The boy who almost made it into the frame was selling biscuits to the passengers to feed these birds.

The last three days of my tour across Saurashtra have been quite exciting. Though things have not gone according to plan, we have had a few pleasant surprises in our road trip. Through our three-day journey we came across much wildlife, which has left us thoroughly satisfied. Starting with the Leopard crossing the road in Gir Sanctuary to a family of mongooses, hundreds of Demoiselle Cranes and waders near Porbandar followed by a sighting of a fox on our way back from Beyt Dwarka! It may sound quirky but, every time I have hoped to see some wildlife on the road, it has magically appeared. Hoping to have more such wild surprises as I make my way back to Ahmedabad !

Once Upon a Time in Polo: The Scorpion King!


Once upon a time in a land far far away lived a King. The King was feared by all. Feared for his swift justice. Known for striking those who crossed his path. Though misunderstood and feared, he himself was fearful of the sun! He hid himself under rock and boulders, tucked into crevices in the day, hiding from the harsh sun that sucked him dry! In the dead of the night the Scorpion King crawled out to hunt. He also had another secret which very few knew. Flashing a U.V light would make him glow!

The Scorpion King was built for the kill. He shed his armour several times, as he grew out of it. To hunt its prey he used his pincers or claws with which he caught and often crushed its prey. The sting it saved for large creatures and difficult prey. The sting was venomous and injected a neurotoxin,  immobilizing its prey. Unable to eat, the Scorpion releases its digestive juices into its prey and sucks the digested in liquid form.

The Polo Forest once part of the kingdom of Vijay wada lies in ruins now, but one creature still survives and rules the night. The Scorpion King lives…..

A special thanks to Bike N Hike and Vipul Ramanuj for the wonderful trip to Polo. These images were made during a Macro & Heritage Photography Workshop in Polo Forest. Thanks to Catherene for spotting and Abhishek Chaterjee for his handy tips on photography during the tour. Keep watching this space for more images from the workshop!