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2012 (Part 1)

Kia Ora Fellow Gallopers,

Another year’s come and gone – a year that was packed with events ranging from the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee to the London Olympics to the US Presidential election. The aftershocks of the economic crisis continued to rock the world economies and the world was to have ended this year.

While being a silent spectator to the atrocities that one fellow human inflicts on another, this beautiful planet that we call Home sent out very clear signals to us, by way of storms and super storms,  that we will have to bear the consequences of our bad and reckless stewardship of her.

As the curtains come down on 2012, I thought I’d showcase some of our most highly rated* images from the past 12 months. Hope you enjoy these images as much as I enjoyed making them:

January 2012:

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February 2012:

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March 2012:

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April 2012:

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May 2012:

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June 2012:

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Look out for Part 2 tomorrow…

Till then, take care and gallop free.

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* – All the images in this post were showcased on our Facebook Page as part of our ‘Picture of the Day’ feature and were highly rated by the most important and valued viewer of all – You.

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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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Sarang – AERO India 2011

Hello Fellow Gallopers,

I happened to be in Bangalore (India) around the time when AERO India, a biennial air show and aviation exhibition, was held at the Yelahanka Air Force Station. The air show offered a great opportunity to see the might of the fighter jets on the one hand and the grace of the aerobatics teams on the other. One such aerobatics team that performed at AERO India 2011 was the Sarang.

Sarang, which means Peacock (hence the peacock design on the sides of the chopper), is the helicopter formation display team of the Indian Air Force. Formed in 2003, the team flies four Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) Dhruv helicopters. The Dhruv is a utility helicopter that meets both military and civil operator requirements. The military variant performs the roles of transport, utility, reconnaissance and MedEvac. The name Sarang is symbolic in itself as the peacock is the national bird of India.

This was the first time I had witnessed a helicopter formation display team in action and I must admit I was pretty amazed at some of the maneuvers. As you view the images below, I hope you will be amazed too 🙂

 

Till next time, take care and gallop free.

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Birds of Ranganathittu – A Photo Feature

Hello Fellow Gallopers,

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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Republic Day Flower Show 2011

Hello Fellow Gallopers,

Lal Bagh (ಲಾಲ್ ಬಾಗ್) Botanical Gardens is a tourist attraction in Bangalore, the capital of the Southern State of Karnataka, India. Termed as the pendant in the necklace of Bangalore’s gardens, Lal Bagh literally translated into English means ‘The Red Garden’ and the garden is famous for its Glass House that hosts two annual flower shows to coincide with India’s Republic Day (26th January) and Independence Day (15th August). Lal Bagh has secured its place among the gardens of the world and has come to be regarded as one of the best gardens in the East.

 

I visited the Gardens during the Republic Day Flower Show this year and I hope that the images showcased here as well as those contained in the album (link attached below) will offer the reader a glimpse of the visual feast of  vibrantly coloured flowers that were on display.

The main attraction of the Flower Show was the replica of the Kempe Gowda Tower (Kempe Gowda being the founder of the city of Bangalore) which was fabricated completely out of red, yellow and white roses (close to 50,000 in all!!!). The garden surrounds the real tower and visitors can see the tower as they enter the Gardens.

To view all the images from the Flower Show, kindly click the link below:

http://koshy.smugmug.com/Events/Lalbagh-Flower-Show-RD/15565402_9X6Jn#1166050853_cykft

Till next time, take care and gallop free.

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Pookalam – A Photo Feature

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Pookalam, a colourful and intricate arrangement of petals and leaves laid on the floor, is a ritual that is part of the celebrations associated with the festival of Onam in Kerala, India. The word ‘Pookalam’ is comprised of two Malayalam words – ‘Poo’ which means flower and ‘kalam’ which means drawing or artwork.

I had the unique opportunity to see these intricate and elaborate designs being created. From transposing the design drawing from paper to the ground where the pookalam will take shape to transforming a heap of myriad coloured petals and leaves into a colourful feast for the eyes, the process is laborious for those involved and awe – inspiring for the spectator. Spatial awareness, a steady and artistic hand and a keen sense of colour are all necessary attributes for those involved in creating a pookalam. Pookalam competitions are also held where teams showcase their creativity and designs can get really complex!!

Showcased here are three images of what these floral pieces of art look like when created:

 

To see images of these and similar masterpieces taking shape, kindly click the link below:

http://koshy.smugmug.com/Events/Pookalam/15410986_vVkGb#1153486091_37VfH

Till next time, take care and gallop free.

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The Year that was 2010 – Part 2

Hello Fellow Gallopers,

Continuing on from yesterday’s post, here are the images that I’ve selected for the months of July to December 2010.

July:

This bird needs no introduction – the National Bird of India.

 

August:

Took this image at the famous Snake Boat Race (Vallam Kali) held in Alleppey, Kerala, India during the Onam festival period.

All images in this set can be viewed here:

http://koshy.smugmug.com/Sports/Vallam-Kali/13495665_Vk77Q#982982235_BZAY9

http://koshy.smugmug.com/Sports/Vallam-Kali-1/13497010_HAE6q#983125228_WoPHF

 

September:

Took this image on a road in India – pushing both man and machine to the limit!!!

 

October:

Traditional Oil Lamps that are lit during the Indian festival of lights – Diwali.

 

November:

Captured this fishy image at a street market in India.

All images in this set can be viewed here:

http://koshy.smugmug.com/Places/Indian-Street-Market1/14563826_obMMt#1082449061_64YHi

 

December:

The star of Bethlehem forms an integral part of the Christmas decorations in India and a star is hung outside the house at Christmas time.

 

Thank you for dropping by and hope you can keep visiting us at Black Stallion Country from time to time in 2011. We love to have you around.

Till next time, take care and gallop free.

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