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Bunions and all!

In Images, Musings, photos, Wildlife on June 5, 2009 at 8:08 pm

Random buniony thoughts and images by Arun Agnihotri

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“The real voyage of discovery consists in not seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” – Unknown

Still find it difficult to ‘mail’, sitting in a cyber-café trying to shut-out the noises! Nothing like putting pen to paper – a hardcopy – something that I can hold in my hands and savour; allowing a slow release of images, trying to process the experiences, letting the mind go for a walk. Being able to reach for the pages without hesitation and scrolling. Somehow, I have never really enjoyed sending long electronically sterile mail!

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Have just returned from Binsar to ‘civilization’ and as usual finding it tough.

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Not-So-Random Images

In cartoons, Culture, Environment, Images, India on May 15, 2009 at 12:14 pm

Our friend Sifar, in addition to her many talents, is a remarkable observer of life.  Reading the tack-board in her living room is something I look forward to, every time I visit. Email lets me have the good fortune of getting some of those snippets in my inbox from time to time 🙂

She recently forwarded me these cute, educational Eco-doodles (just a name I made up) that led to the discovery of the whole series drawn by Prof. Hiroshi Takatsuki on the  ‘Japan for Sustainability’ website.

cartoon by prof. hiroshi takatsuki

high moon

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Incident at Bhumka Chaur

In Environment, India, photos, Wildlife on May 13, 2009 at 1:33 pm

Here is a guest post from Arun Agnihotri, Former Director, The Corbett Foundation.

On February 27, 2009 at around 12:30 pm, Mohan Pandey and Rajesh Panwar, both members of the Corbett Gram Vikas Samiti decided to visit some craftsmen working near Bhumka Chaur grassland, about two kilometres south of Chhoti Haldwani. This is a small village in the foothills of Kumaon where Jim Corbett once lived. The area is surrounded by dense forest with the Boar River flowing to its west. Craftsmen from Bageshwar district visit this place every year and stay for about two months. The duo decided to film the craftsmen as well as the picturesque area when they sighted a handsome Cheetal (Axis axis) buck in the river’s edge, some 50 metres away from them.

However, their delight quickly turned to alarm when they saw two dogs and a man in dark clothing closing in on the buck.

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The man was holding a big sickle (locally called a baryat) in his hand. Read the rest of this entry »