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Royal Botanic Garden Photo-walk – Edinburgh (Part 2)

Hello Fellow Gallopers,

Following on from yesterday’s post, here are the rest of the images from the Photo-walk at the Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh organised by the Edinburgh Digital Photography Meetup Group.

Till next time, take care and gallop free.

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Royal Botanic Garden Photo-walk – Edinburgh (Part 1)

Hello Fellow Gallopers,

Last Sunday was a glorious day weather-wise and hence decided to go along to a Photo-walk at the Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh organised by the Edinburgh Digital Photography Meetup Group.

Showcased below are a few images I managed to capture during the Photo-Walk. Hope you enjoy viewing them as much as I enjoyed making them:

Feel free to drop by tomorrow to see Part 2 of this post wherein I’ll post up the rest of the images from the Photo-walk.

Till then, take care and gallop free.

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Best of May 2012

Hello Fellow Gallopers,

Thought I’d share with you all a snapshot of my work that has been released during the month of May.

Field of Gold – Captured this image in a Rapeseed Field, Scotland.

Oriental Garden Lizard – Spotted this guy basking in the warm tropical sun during my recent visit to the Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary, Karnataka, India.

Red Damselfly, Scotland.

Gathering Food… The White-throated Dipper also known as the European Dipper, Scotland.

Caught… The Master of Stealth and Precision – Grey Heron, Scotland.

Daisy, Scotland.

Meerkat – Edinburgh Zoo, Scotland.

Mother and Child – Female Mallard with one of her ducklings, Scotland.

A baby White-faced Saki monkey peeking out at the world outside as it rides on its mother’s back. Captured this image at the Edinburgh Zoo, Scotland.

Supermoon 2012 – Scotland.

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Till next time, take care and gallop free.

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Birds of Ranganathittu – A Photo Feature

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The Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary (ರಂಗನತಿಟ್ಟು ಪಕ್ಷಿಧಾಮ) is located in the Mandya District of the South Indian state of Karnataka. It is a small sanctuary consisting of six islets on the banks of the Cauvery River.

The sanctuary is home to myriad species of birds – both native as well as migratory. The most common birds found here are the painted storks, open billed storks, spoon bills, white ibises and herons. One also sees river terns, kites, egrets, cormorants and pelicans. Keep your eyes wide open and you just might see a kingfisher or two as well!!!

Oh!! Did I forget to mention: In case you do visit this sanctuary and plan on cooling off by taking a swim in the river – think again. Close to 70 crocodiles call this section of the river ‘home’!!!  Hence it’s not uncommon to see a croc sunbathing on a rock outcrop or swimming silently past you as you take a boat ride on the river.

The nearest city to the sanctuary is Mysore and the nearest town is Srirangapatna. One can get to the sanctuary from Bangalore as well but though the drive is comfortable, it can take a couple of hours to cover the 130km distance.

To see all the images in this set, kindly click the link below:

http://koshy.smugmug.com/Animals/Ranganthittu-Bird-Sanctaury/15868739_gwsAD#1189897116_t28gE

Till next time, take care and gallop free.

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Wildlife – A Snapshot

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Black Stallion Photography’s very first Coffee Table Photo Book ‘Wildlife – A Snapshot’ is finally here and  goes on sale from today.

This 40 page large landscape book showcases some of the work I have done in the area of Wildlife photography. The images have been laid out in four distinct categories – birds, mammals, snakes and insects and butterflies.

You can preview the book below and if you like what you see, please do consider purchasing a copy and better still tell your friends about it as well.

Wishing each and every one of you a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous 2011. See you all in the New Year.

Till then, take care and gallop free.

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God’s Own Country – ൈദവത്തിന്റെ സ്വന്തം നാട്

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Have been doing a bit of travelling lately around parts of India and especially the state in India that I originally hail from, Kerala –  കേരളം* (also referred to as God’s Own Country – ൈദവത്തിന്റെ സ്വന്തം നാട്).

Kerala, in the Southern Region of India, was established as a state in 1956 and has a literacy rate of 90.92% (the highest in the country). Kerala has earned itself the unique reputation of being the country’s least corrupt state; the state has witnessed a significant migration of its people to the Middle Eastern countries and the state is uniquely dependant on remittances from its expatriate community. But with a population of close to 32 million (2001) (that is around 6 times the population of Scotland in mid 2009) jam-packed into an area of 15,005 square miles (around half the area of Scotland) one would wonder how could this place ever be conferred the title God’s Own Country – a congested, over populated, over polluted state with the highest literacy rate.

To see God’s Own Country and fully appreciate the beauty that this state holds one must travel to the interiors of Kerala where the real beauty lies.  With its lagoons, backwaters and tropical greenery, Kerala reveals the treasures held within its bosom as one travels deeper and deeper into the rural areas of the state. Tourists flock to this state to experience the exotic surroundings and to partake in the holistic treatments exclusively offered in Kerala, especially Ayurvedic Treatments.

In addition to what it has to offer tourists by way of holistic treatments, Kerala is rich in its biodiversity and is truly a Garden of Eden for the environmentalist . Almost a fourth of India’s 10,000 plant species are found in the state. Almost 24% of Kerala is forested – tropical wet evergreen and semi-evergreen forests, tropical moist and dry deciduous forests and montane subtropical and temperate forests cover the forested landscape of the state. 102 species of mammals (56 of which are endemic), 476 species of birds, 202 species of freshwater fish, 169 species of reptiles (139 of which are endemic) and 89 species of amphibians (86 of which are endemic) roam the state.  As one roams the forests of Kerala, one could easily cross paths with an Indian Elephant, a Bengal Tiger, an Indian Leopard, a Nilgiri Tahr or a Grizzled Giant Squirrel or one could as easily see a King Cobra, viper or python slither past in front of you. And as one looks up to the blue skies through a break in the canopy above, one could as easily see a Great Hornbill, an Indian Grey Hornbill, an Indian Cormorant, a Kingfisher or a Jungle Myna fly overhead.

You feel life all around you as you walk through the thick vegetation – the constant sound of crickets, the song of birds in the air, the rustling of leaves on the forest floor as something slithers or scurries past you, the sweat on your brow and the heat and humidity in the air – all goes to offer you a true sense of the Tropics – a true sense of God’s Own Country.

To see all the images** in this set, please click the link below:

http://koshy.smugmug.com/Places/Gods-Own-Country/12914964_TPxu6#933227701_XRiUa

http://koshy.smugmug.com/Places/Gods-Own-Country-1/12927694_FA8mk#934391875_3Znan

Till next time, take care and gallop free.

* – This is Malayalam – the local language spoken in Kerala. If you haven’t noticed, the word “Malayalam” is a palindrome.

** – images taken with the Canon 50D.

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Spring has Sprung

Hello Fellow Gallopers,

The sun rises earlier and sets later; the days are so much brighter; the songs of birds are more audible in the air; fresh green leaves have started sprouting from barren branches; the myriad coloured flowers with bees hovering over them have become part of the landscape – Spring has well and truely sprung upon us.

Spring conjures up images of renewal and regrowth in one’s mind – the hope of New Beginnings. I spent quite sometime at the Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh, where most of these images were taken, taking in the sights and sounds of this beautiful time of year. The Botanic Garden in Edinburgh was established in 1670 and the four Gardens that come under its wing represent one of the world’s largest living collection of plants.

Walking through the Gardens you are reminded of the variety and beauty of plant life that covers our planet and the vital place it holds in our eco-system.

To see all the images* in this set, kindly click the link below:

http://koshy.smugmug.com/Nature/Spring-2010/11875164_eiRs9

Till next time, take care and gallop free.

* – images taken with the Canon 50D.

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