“They taught me that all life forms are important to each other in our common quest for happiness and survival. That there is more to life than just yourself, your own family, or your own kind.” ― Lawrence Anthony, The Elephant Whisperer

The quote says it all. If you want to read the story behind this image, my blogpost is on samyukth.com/2015/05/19/dhikal

Good morning. The first foggy day of the season!! This is how it looks where I am right now.

History, rather how it unfolds, ends up bestowing the tag of 'iconic' to certain moments and images associated with that. Remember the one of the "Tank Man" by Jeff Widener in Tiananmen Square in 1989. Or the one from 1967 by Bernie Boston of protester sticking flowers in the rifle barrels of the Military Police.

I hope that this one of the three brave protesters of Jamia Milia Islamia will be remembered in a similar fashion in the future.


"I want to know,
Have you ever seen the rain?
I want to know,
Have you ever seen the rain.
Comin' down on a sunny day?" - Creedence Clearwater Revival

A Striated Bulbul, singing away in the rain, shot at Mishmi Hills in Arunachal Pradesh

“Suffice it to say that black and white are also colors… for their simultaneous contrast is as striking as that of green and red, for instance.” – Vincent van Gogh

This is a largely a black & white image, but in colour!! A Western Reef Egret just as it is about to catch its meal. This was shot in really bright light at around 4:30pm, just in case you are wondering.


"Lie in the stillness, window cracked open.
Extended moments, hours for the taking.
Careless hair on the pillow, a bold brushstroke.
Painted verse with a chorus in waiting.
Stay with me and learn the secret language of birds." - Jethro Tull

This is a Striated Grassbird captured in the middle of its explosive song, shot in the grasslands of Maguri Beel, north of Tinsukia in Assam.

Blogpost link samyukth.com/2018/05/08/a-gras

"The most important thing you learn as a photographer is anticipation - not where the action is taking place, but where it's going to take place. Not where the subject is now, but where they're going to be." - Lawrence Schiller

This is a shot of a Yellow-Browed Bulbul splashing out of water, shot at Thattekkad.

"Photography is a brief complicity between foresight and luck" - John Stuart Mill

This image has the handsome Ashy Bulbul on the perch while a Black Bulbul, a stunningly beautiful bird, is streaking in the background. Being in the right place at the right time is a crucial element of a good . Luck is massively under-attributed in - I call it the X-factor.

“To consult the rules of composition before making a picture is a little like consulting the law of gravitation before going for a walk.” - Edward Weston

This is a shot of the Small Niltava. I was trying to take a picture as he landed on the perch and I couldn't be sure which direction he would land from - ended up being composed a bit too centrally for my liking.

The story is here :- samyukth.com/2015/05/11/sattal

"Hear how the birds, on every blooming spray, With joyous music wake the dawning day." - Alexander Pope

A male and female Jerdon's Leafbird with the female caught in the middle of its glorious song. Shot in Bangalore.

This is an image of the Chukar Partridge shot in Ladakh. In Indian and Pakistani culture this bird symbolises intense, often unrequited love and is thought to be in love with the moon and gazes at it constantly.

"When I beheld thy face mournful, lady, I wandered restlessly o'er the world, Thy face is like the moon, and my heart like the chakor" - translated from a Bengali song, have no idea which one or how popular.

“I really believe there are things nobody would see if I didn’t photograph them.” - Diane Arbus

I am sure not many would have see this bird - it is called the Fire-tailed Myzornis. The male is a brilliant emerald green with a fine, black bill, a black eye-stripe and black scales on its crown, a red throat and brilliant-red sides to its tail. This was shot in the Old Silk Route in East Sikkim.


"Some of us get dipped in flat, some in satin, some in gloss. But every once in a while, you find someone who's iridescent, and when you do, nothing will ever compare." - Wendelin Van Draanen

The state bird of Uttarakhand, the Himalayan Monal, is a wonderfully coloured bird.

I have two interesting blogs about this one.


"Let me bring you songs from the wood:
to make you feel much better than you could know.
Dust you down from tip to toe.
Show you how the garden grows.
Hold you steady as you go.
Join the chorus if you can..." {from Songs from the Wood by Jethro Tull)

This is the Nicotiana Tabacum flower. Laden with early morning dew in the winter, it does make for a pretty picture, doesn't it?

"Sunshine is a welcome thing. It brings a lot of brightness." - Jimmie Davis

If you haven't been to Arunachal Pradesh, then you must put it in your list. The untouched forests there are a completely higher level of beauty. Just remember to bring back every bit of non-biodegradable thing that you take with you.

This is a Chestnut-crowned Warbler - I just love how thoughtfully his colour scheme has been designed.


Barleria Prionitis (or Vajradanti) is also known as the Porcupine flower. Apparently, its leaves may have a potential as a therapeutic drug for the treatment of anxiety-like disorders. Walking on a path lined with them at the Aravalli Biodiversity Park Gurgaon is as therapeutic.

A single Vajradanti flower against a backdrop of a sea of Vajradanti, with a gentle wind blowing and a muted evening sun casting a golden hue on the entire frame.

“Owl," said Rabbit shortly, "you and I have brains. The others have fluff. If there is any thinking to be done in this Forest - and when I say thinking I mean thinking - you and I must do it.” - A.A. Milne

This is an image of a Little Owl. Shot in Tso Kar in . He was very alert to my presence and kept a close watch on what I was upto. For more details and some more images of this guy click samyukth.com/2017/12/20/a-litt

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