"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

Birds in flight fascinate me. And I love falcons - am intrigued by their migration patterns, their speed and agility.

This is a picture of 3200+ Amur Falcons taken at dawn. They were part of a huge flock that took off just as we climbed the watchtower at Pangti in Nagaland - an overwhelmingly awesome sight. These Amur Falcons undertake a phenomenal annual migration - read about it here - samyukth.com/2018/12/15/a-baza

This is a pic of the Elephant Stables in Hampi - minus all the people (median-stacked to take them out). 5 shots separated by 1 minute each, enough time for them to move, retaining only the static part while processing.

I have no knowledge about archeology & archeological history. Posting this here and hoping folks like @AKanisetti and other experts in the field can spare time to educate me on this structure.

@musafir - any others?

"Colour is descriptive. Black and white is interpretive.” – Eliott Erwitt

This is a Grey Langur shot a couple of years back at Bandhavgarh. What really caught my attention when I looked through the viewfinder were his eyes. There is something quite arresting about his gaze - almost as if he is lost in his thoughts.

This is a technique called 'Panning' - tracking a moving subject, using a low shutter speed and clicking while tracking.

What is expected is a burred background (because one is moving the camera) and a subject that is as sharp as one can get - basically giving a sense of motion in the frame.

Shot at Bharatpur early this year, the subject is a Painted Stork.

Be prepared to fail more times than you succeed.

"'tis the frame that maketh the image, not just the subject" - SamSays

This female White-browed Rosefinch was busy destroying the flower to smithereens when I was tracking her. Her ginger-brown throat and breast was in contrast to the bright lemon-yellow of the flower and both of these were accentuated by the nice bokeh-ed background.

Despite advancements in technology, one still can't exactly replicate the beauty one sees in nature.

"The sound of colors is so definite that it would be hard to find anyone who would express bright yellow with base notes, or dark lake with the treble." - Wassily Kandinsky

Flowers aren't usually a subject that I photograph often. But sometimes you come across a scene that looks so interesting and compelling that you have to press the shutter. This was shot near Khonoma village in Nagaland.

Are there any others on who have accounts on two instances?

I have one on photog.social (for following ) and another on mastodon.social (for everything else). And I am looking for advice on managing them better.

Have you ever wondered how people take images of famous landmarks and you don't see anyone in the image, but when you get there the place is teeming with people?

Here is a shot of the crowded Main Market in Leh, clicked at between 6:00 & 6:30 pm on a crowded day. Multiple HDR images combined to get rid of the people (that sounds so sinister) automagically.

You should try this out when you have a chance. Requires a bit of patience.

A perfect croissant has 4 characteristics:
1. It is puffy, airy and springy - layers of dough and butter folded over and over again creates buttery layers with air trapped in-between.
2. It is very buttery, you will taste the butter.
3. It is very crumbly. Eating a good croissant is a messy affair.
4. The top layers will be very crunchy.

This one that she made was definitely a work of art.

“What I love about Black & White photographs is that they’re more like reading the book than seeing the movie” – Jennifer Price

This is an Indian Grey Mongoose that I clicked last week in the outskirts of Hampi. The intensity of its gaze screams for attention. And focus is drawn instinctively to the eyes, the face and the tonal texture. Is that how you felt as well?

“Light makes photography. Embrace light. Admire it. Love it. But above all, know light. Know it for all you are worth, and you will know the key to photography.” – George Eastman

Have you ever tried shooting the night sky? If not, give it a whirl. It could get quite addictive.

I shot this image over 3 hours while on a family vacation in a coffee estate near Chikamagalur.


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