Tag: Nature

Climate change and Earth

We all have been reading and seeing about climate change and the recent Australian bushfires on Earth. Following is a video would like to share with you in this regard.

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This is a non-commercial attempt from http://www.sanctuaryasia.com/ and https://www.facebook.com/sanctuaryasi…, to highlight the fact that world leaders, irresponsible corporates and mindless ‘consumers’ are combining to destroy life on earth. It is dedicated to all who died fighting for the planet and those whose lives are on the line today. The cut was put together by Vivek Chauhan, a young filmmaker, together with naturalists working with the Sanctuary Asia network (http://www.sanctuaryasia.com/).

Content credit: The principal source for the footage was Yann Arthus-Bertrand’s incredible film HOME http://www.homethemovie.org/. The music was by Armand Amar. Thank you too Greenpeace and http://timescapes.org/


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Breathtaking places in the world

Breathing taking places around the world

Nature is the best gift to humans. Our world is a huge place to visit and experience its exotic and amazing nature.

Let me take you to my short collection of the world around.

  1. Oops!! too giant…….
Oak tree in California, USA, breathtaking places of the world

2.Too much underhanded.

Swedish Naval Base, breathtaking places in the world

3.Divided by borders united by tunnels

Bridge between Denmark and Sweden, breathtaking places in the world
  1. amazing
36000 feet somewhere over Australia, breathtaking places in the world

5.finally it ends up here…

Great Wall of China, breathtaking places

6.too peaceful…

Winter morning in Norway, breathtaking places in the world

7.exotic design….

Dragon gate in Dublin, breathtaking places in the world

8.interesting isn’t it??

Mount Fuji as seen from the sea, breathtaking places in the world

9.wish to see the scene every morning.

Natural history museum, London, breathtaking places in the world

10.creativity with nature..

18 feet underwater statue in Bahamas, breathtaking places of the world

11.too much satisfying.

A view of Paris from Eiffel Tower, breathtaking places of the world

12.nature’s arrest

Mitchell Multilevel Falls, Austria, breathtaking places of the world

13.i wish…

Music school in China, breathtaking places of the world

14.wow!!

Elephant rock in New Zealand, breathtaking places of the world

15.wish to drive through this road…

A giant log you can drive through in Sequoia National Park, California, breathtaking places of the world

16.seems as a dreamland…

Breathtaking tabletop mountain of Venezuela

17.peace…

Crystal-clear water, flathead lake in Montana, breathtaking places

18.cool!!!

The black sand beaches of Iceland breathtaking places of the world
  1. beautiful…
he volcanic Island of Aogashima, Japan, breathtaking places of the world

20.too rare.

A village in Yemen, breathtaking places of the world

21.all human work…

Stockholm metro system looks like a cave, breathtaking places of the world

22.how??

A giant rock performing an unbelieveable balance on a seemingly smooth,curved mound in forests of Finaland, breathtaking places

23.can live here without internet…

A cabin deep in the woods in Washington, breathtaking places

24.how fantastic!!!

Forest Lake, Russia, breathtaking places

25.most satisfying

I wish to see all these breathtaking places before I take my last breath.

Wish you could too.

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Birds of Bikaner Rajasthan

A farmer with a bird in Rajasthan
Spotted Asian Owlet, Birds of Bikaner, Rajasthan
Spotted Asian Owlet
Steppe Eagle
Steppe Eagle
Indian Roller
Indian Roller aka the bird mafia, very aggressive little guy
Red breasted bulbul -beautiful song, Birds of Bikaner
Red breasted bulbul -beautiful song
Steppe Eagle
Steppe Eagle
A young red winged lapwing

A young red winged lapwing

Southern Grey Shirke -kills bees by impaling them on thorns.
Southern Grey Shirke -kills bees by impaling them on thorns.
The Desert gerbil -fast food for the birds, Birds of Bikaner
The Desert gerbil -fast food for the birds

Source: The Birds of Bikaner, Rajasthan – 19th January 2015 | The Jalebi Express

Awesome birds of Bikaner, Rajasthan.

WPC: H20-The Waterfall

H2O is the chemical formula for water. It describes water broken down into its elements.

For me, the waterfall symbolises unleashed creativity in a constant fluid shape that is ever-changing and renewing. It symbolises openness, flexibility, power, form and spirituality which is a primordial symbol association with water in its countless expressions.

Gushing waterfall inside the botanical garden

In literature, water is associated with a symbol of change and is present at turning points. In most cultures, it is a sign of life. Heraclitus, a Greek philosopher, was motivated to contemplate on the waterfall as the continuous evolution of beings. The drops of water which come together to form a waterfall are renewed each second.

Kodaikanal waterfalls
Kodaikanal waterfalls

The waterfall symbolises unharnessed elemental motion. The force field that one needs to master and control one’s spirituality or spiritual being. The waterfall is symbolic of lastingness of form despite the change of content. Waterfall symbolises immense release of emotion, rejuvenation and renewal of spirit. The four elements of life on our planet of which water is the crucial element and the waterfall, in particular, is continuous creation and renewal.

 

 

*/This post was inspired by Weekly Photo Challenge: Symbol earlier and now H2O. For this week’s challenge, share a photo that features H2O; the element of water. Water comes in many different states and guises./*

 

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11 Best Secret Hotels You Should Visit for an ideal getaway

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These hideaways are the sacred saviors from the city rush. You not only need tranquil swish of the wind and the silence of the forest but also a calm and undisturbed retreat to spend your days in absolute disconnect from the world. You want the luxury of nature on a silent mode at a zero gadget buzz zone. Here’s a tour list of hotels in India giving you the much sought after getaway from the world.

1. Elephant Valley Eco Farm, Kodaikanal

 If you’re moving away from the civilization then it better be for the best. 20 km’s away from Kodaikanal, these eco farms attract eco-tourist year round. This old elephant migration route is a biodiversity hotspot and gives you more reasons to move away from the crowd and spend your days in one of the twenty eco-friendly bungalows in the wilderness equipped with solar light and firewood.

Click here to book now.

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2. The Tamara, Coorg

Amidst the greens of the Western Ghats, The Tamara Coorg brings you a unique experience of blissful solitude in the luxury cottages overlooking the vast Kabbinakad Estate. With the freshness of the Arabica and cardamom plantation, this retreat in the lap of nature gives you immense opportunities to be one with nature. The Rudraksha trail, bird watching, and the rejuvenating studio spa would leave you with nothing more to ask for.

Click here to book now.

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3. Glenburn Tea Estate, Darjeeling

On the bank of River Rangneet, amidst the Kanchenjunga mountain range, this beautiful hillock is owned by The Prakashes, The Chaiwalla Family. This tea estate experience can be your ultimate blissful disconnect from the world. With a thousand acres of private forest and two rivers running across the marvelous property, there is nothing more you need to spoil yourself and spend lazy afternoons on a sunny balcony.

Click here to find the best places to stay in Darjeeling.

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4. Otter Creek Tents, Mandrem, North Goa

These three candy-colored tents were the ancestral retreat for the Sequeira Family of Mapuca. This colonial hideout offers a double four-poster bed inside brightly draped tents. 100 meters from a serene beach, the tents face a silent creek running parallel to the sea. Closed during the monsoon season, Otter Creek tents are a perfect hideaway for summertime birdwatchers. The road ends 30 meters from the creek, making it a pocket of complete disconnect.

Click here to find hotels and homestays in North Goa.

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5. The Captain’s House, North Goa

The heritage of the Sequeira Family has left us more scenic wonders and tranquil retreats than we can imagine. The house is named after the aviation pioneer of the previous century, Capt Cyril William Sequeira, who would fly over this vacation house in his tiger moth and leave the locals enrapt. This summer-house sleeps six and is probably your next summer escape resort.

Find stunning homestays in North Goa for your dream vacation.

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Credits: aseascape.com

6. Rajakkad Estate, Dindigul

An hour drive from Dindigul, Pallam Palace of Rajakkad in the hill country of South India is a silent getaway amidst the coffee estate. With private terraces facing lush gardens, Rajakkad estate is home to more than two hundred migratory birds. This seven bedroom garden hotel can also be a base for a short excursion to Kodaikanal or the temple town of Madurai.  A leisure walk through the estate and the coffee drying yards would give you the ideal break from the city humdrum.

Book your stay at Rajakkad Estate. 

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7. Cardamom House, Dindigul

The silent haven of Dindigul is home to yet another traveler utopia. Cardamom house is a family home to British physician Dr. Chris Lucas. Outside the small village of Athoor, these cottages with rooftop terrace overlook a beautiful monsoon dependent Kamarajar Lake. This remote retreat in the foothills of Western Ghats offers immense photographic opportunities with the flowers in bloom, butterflies in the pool garden and wonderful dawn at the adjoining lake. 

Find the best vacation rentals in Dindigul.

Credits: cardamomhouse.com
Credits: cardamomhouse.com

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8. Treehouse Hideaway, Bandhavgarh

This is the dream hidden amidst the 21 acres jungles of the Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve. The treehouse balconies overlook the exquisite Bandhavgarh National Park with the highest count of tigers in the country. A traditional jungle living experience that has been on your bucket list awaits you here. 

Book your stay at Treehouse Hideaway.

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9. Tranquil, Sultan’s Battery

From one treehouse to another, there is no reason to step down yet. Sultan’s Battery, watch tower constructed by Tipu Sultan 4km from Mangalore. The quaint tree houses at Tranquil Plantation Hideaway amidst coffee and vanilla plantation are an ideal escape into the wild.

Click here to book now.

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10. Serenity, Vazhoor

Located at the Kanam Estate on a small hilltop, at Serenity, you are enrapt in the scents of tropical spices. This private villa hotel prides itself for its vintage architecture and heritage ambiance. If you wish to spend more time with elephants than with people, this is the choicest destination giving an exquisite Malabar escape.

Click here to book your stay at Serenity, Vazhoor.

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11. The Auli Resort, Auli

The snow-capped peaks of Garhwal are a loner’s paradise throughout the year. These tourist bungalows on the heavenly white slopes are the Himalayan Elysium. If you wish to hide away, make sure that it’s a wondrous hideaway and the bungalows on the snow blankets at Auli give you a bite full of nature you can savor for life.

Find stunning hotels and homestays in Auli.

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COLOUR ME “SAFFRON”

Ujjain, Kumbh Mahaparv

Vermillion and yellow flags
Vermillion and yellow flags

Once in 12 years, Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh , India explodes in the colour  SAFFRON as it is home to the “SIMHASTHA KUMBH”.

 

The  Gulmohar  Trees ( Hindi), Flamboyant ( English) , Delonix regia ( Scientific name) join the celebration of Faith in the Month of May and explode in the colour of the season, Saffron.

Seen through flowers
Seen through flowers

The Kshipra River In Ujjain seen through the  Flamboyant  Saffron  flowers of the  Gulmohar Tree.

 

The Trident or “Trishul” is the Symbol of the Ruling Deity of Ujjain , “Mahakaal” or Lord Shiva .

 

The Trishul rises over the flamboyantly flowering  Gulmohar Trees  and the  Saffron Bridge  across the Kshipra River  during the Maha Kumbh Festival.

 

Saffron bridge across the Shipra river
Saffron bridge across the Shipra river

The Ghats of the River Kshipra turn  Saffron  too as the River is worshiped in celebration of the Life-giving Powers of Water.

Millions will bathe in the River during the Month long festival Simhastha Mahakumbh held once in 12 years during a time determined by the Planets and Stars. The Sun enters Aries and Jupiter the constellation of Leo symbolizing the timing of this explosion of Faith and the  colour  saffron.

 

Saffron along the ghats
Saffron along the ghats

 

The Dumroo or Drum , held by the Saffron Sadhu ,is another symbol of Lord Shiva.

The reverberating and enchanting sound of the “Dumroo” symbolizes the healing Power of Sound.

Sadhus in their own world
Sadhus in their own world

Be Enchanted by the saffron colours in Ujjain as I take you through the Heart of India during a Festival of Faith.

 

A recent update of this site

Six die as storm hits Kumbh Mela. Lightning and thunderstorms hit the site of the ongoing Simhastha-Kumbh Mela in Ujjain. Four devotees and one sadhu died when a pandal collapsed due to strong winds. A woman pilgrim died after being struck by a bolt of lightning. Squall, coupled with rain, suddenly hit the area, uprooting several camps of sadhus.

 

 

 

Source: Mukul from Enchanted Forests and news sources.

Golden Oriole

Harmony ARJNH6 (Image source)

A beautiful, coloured bird with striking yellow and jet black plumage and fully black wings was perched on the tree outside my window sill. It had camouflaged so effectively amongst the leaves that it is hard to spot. It has this song that alerts everyone around and can be heard over considerable distances.

 

The female of the species has dull-looking slightly greener colour. They have dark red eyes and a fairly thick, pink beak that is curved downwards at the end. It is a migratory bird and is mainly found throughout Europe and Western Asia. It is scientifically known as Oriolus kundoo and commonly known as Golden Oriole.

 

ARJNH6 Oriolus oriolus Golden oriole male sitting on a twig Alamy (Image source)
ARJNH6 Oriolus oriolus Golden oriole male sitting on a twig Alamy
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The Golden Oriole, as most oriole watchers who study the bird, will surely agree, is the most frustrating, intelligent, beautiful, characterful, acrobatic, brave, diverse, successful and exciting arboreal passerine there is.

A poem on Gold Oriole

A traditional children’s poem from Holland has been translated by Rob Bijlsma:

Going up the country,

Looking for the oriole

Summer has arrived again,

When calling starts this songster.

Dudeljo resounds his song

Dudeljo resounds his song

Dudeljo and nothing more.

He lives in oakwood dense

Clad in golden dress.

Sparks our hearts with happiness,

When yodeling his shawm.

Dudeljo resounds his song

Dudeljo and nothing more.

Golden Oriole’s diet and prey

It eats the most diverse range of invertebrates, from minuscule beetles to large bush crickets, locusts, large hairy caterpillars and worms. They also pluck fruits of the branches.

 

A number of the prey items on which orioles feed have pest status, making the oriole a welcome bird in many situations.

 

Indian Golden Oriole

Golden Oriole’s distribution and habitat

 

Golden Oriole is found across the Palearctic region, from Western Europe to Siberia, in much of Africa, and in Asia from India through Southwest Asia to China and Japan. They are scattered throughout the Philippines, Indonesia and into the Northern Australia and down the east coast. The main four species in addition to Eurasian Golden Oriole are Indian Golden Oriole, African Golden Oriole, Slender-billed Oriole and Black-naped Oriole.

 

The Golden Oriole (Poyser Monographs)by Mason, Paul Allsop, Jake has amazing illustrations and photos of Golden Oriole. The cover photo is also good. The book is an interesting read about the Golden Oriole. There are specific chapters dedicated to their habitat in Britain, Europe and North Africa, habitats in other parts of the breeding range, the special case of Kazakhstan.

 

The authors are the Secretary and Chairman of the Golden Oriole group. They are at the forefront of the successful battle to save the orioles’ last breeding area, Lakenheath in Suffolk, from deforestation. Chapter 2 is specifically dedicated to this, The story of Lakenheath and the Golden Oriole Group.

 

In the later chapters, there is a great detail of the biology of this beautiful species, their breeding biology, feeding ecology, evolution, migration and conservation.

The Golden Oriole is an absolute must for a bird watcher as the author’s expertise provides you with all the information you could want.

 

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Be a Responsible Tourist

Responsible tourist/ responsible tourism

Responsible tourism is making better places for people to live in and better places to visit. Based on common sense and responsible use of environmental resources and cultural assets of each destination.

It is interchangeably referred to as Ecotourism or Sustainable Tourism.

As a tourist, you have responsibilities of environmental, social and economical in the following  ways

  • Protect the environment, its flora, fauna and landscapes
  • Respect local cultures, traditions, religions and built heritage
  • Benefit local communities, both economically and socially
  • To conserve natural resources from source to destination
  •  To minimise pollution – through the noise, waste disposal and congestion.
  • Dispose of your trash at the nearest dustbin. Do not litter because your litter can kill marine life.
  • Help to reduce plastic waste by reusing your empty water bottles.
  • Learn about your destination, health and safety
  • Purchase local goods and services
  • Respect Human rights
  • Travel in a way that minimises negative impact on the environment
Image source -Royal India Holidays Pvt. Ltd.
Image source -Royal India Holidays Pvt. Ltd.

Around the world, initiatives are being taken for Responsible Tourism. Following are a few

Costa Rica, a pioneer in Green Challenge is on its way to becoming the first carbon neutral country by 2021. ‘Pura Vida’ is the motto of Costa Rica which means ‘pure life. It reminds us of its beauty.

Costa Rica (pixabay.com)
Costa Rica
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“Rural community tourism consists of planned touristic experiences which are integrated sustainably with the rural environment and developed by local citizen organizations for the benefit of the community.” – Costa Rican Tourism Board, UNDP and the Alliance for Rural Community Tourism, 2005.

Few Destinations in Costa Rica – Samasati Nature Retreat; Visiting Costa Rica – Rios Tropicales; Ticos – ACTUAR CONSERVacations; Sustainable Travel Experiences –Arenas del Mar Beach and Nature Resort

Deer Park’s campus Waste Management System– Deer Park Institute located in Bir, Himachal Pradesh, India, believes that to have a positive change in the community, it needs to begin with its own internal approach and practices. For environmentally sustainable living, following steps have been undertaken:

Recycle bins at Deer Park -Zero Waste campus
Recycle bins at Deer Park zero Waste campus
  • Segregating all waste in the campus eco-zones. Recyclables are given to local scrap dealers.
  • Organic matter is fed to local cows.
  • Deer Park’s healthy vegetarian meals are cooked primarily with foods grown in their garden or bought from local farmers.
  • Using solar hot water systems to conserve electricity.
  • The Institute raises awareness of local and global environmental issues among students and visitors through displays and information sheets posted around the campus, film screenings and workshops.
  • The institute has also created an eco-friendly livelihood. Under this initiative, a group of local villagers have learned to make handicrafts from recycled materials, including greetings cards made from scrap paper, and bags, wallets and other products made from cloth scraps. These products are now being successfully sold in Deer Park’s gift shop, with the profits going to the local team members. Besides the initial training, Deer Park has provided the handicraft team with a permanent workshop on their campus and support in developing new products. Two of the young women from the handicraft team are also being trained on their campus in IT, office work and other vocational skills.

Apani Dhani, Rajasthan, India– offers eco-friendly accommodation, excursions and activities with locals such as cooking lessons, initiation to traditional arts and crafts. It is also a winner of Responsible Tourism Award in the year 2013. Besides an environmental concern and a local development policy, Apani Dhani supports projects dedicated to three themes: education, environment and architectural heritage protection.

Apani Dhani Ecolodge (apanidhani.in)
Apani Dhani Ecolodge (apanidhani.in)

Battlesteads Hotels, UK– Net zero carbon neutral three-star Hotel. From the big stuff, like the carbon-neutral heating and hot water system, the extensive gardens with two polytunnels which provide fresh fruit and vegetables for the kitchen throughout the year, to the small stuff, like locally sourced organic toiletries, the use of empty toilet roll inners for potting seedlings and the wormeries munching through kilos of food waste turning it into compost. (Source)

home-grown-produce-in-battlesteads-polytunnel (Image courtesy- visitnorththumberland.com)
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(Image courtesy visitnorththumberland.com)

ITC Sonar, Kolkata, India– 5-star hotel leading light in renewable energy and resource efficiency. Situated close to the airport and just ten minutes from the Salt Lake silicon hub of Kolkata and the city’s shopping, entertainment, cultural and business districts, ITC Sonar offers an elegant oasis of luxury and warmth in an ambience that brings you closer to nature. The first hotel in the world to be registered by United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) for Carbon Emission Reductions, ITC Sonar delivers graciously on ITC Hotels’ promise of Responsible Luxury.

Heritage Kandalama, Sri Lanka– An architectural masterpiece by Geoffrey Bawa. Recognised as excellence in waste, water and energy management and sustainable architectural design. It has won the Best hotel Wild Asia Responsible Tourism Award in the year 2010.

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Heritance Kandalama- Sri Lanka’sMost AwardedHotel. An Icon of Modern Hotel Design

To conclude, as a responsible tourist you need to remember this, TRUST Principle model which is easy to adapt –

T– Travel to eco-friendly destinations largely.

R– Recreation with responsibility

U– Use only reusable items

S– Support the effort through possible means

T– Try and reach Responsible Tourism

So, let us all join hands and  pledge to become a responsible tourist.

*/I am blogging for #ResponsibleTourism activity by Outlook Traveller in association with BlogAdda/*

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References:

Deer Park Institute, Bir, Himachal Pradesh

Battlesteads Hotels, UK

Apani Dhani, Rajasthan

Heritage Kandalama, Sri Lanka

ITC, Sonar, Kolkata

Featured Destinations in Costa Rica – Samasati Nature Retreat; Visiting Costa Rica – Rios Tropicales; Ticos – ACTUAR CONSERVacations; Sustainable Travel Experiences –Arenas del Mar Beach and Nature Resort

UNKNOWN EYE OF THE SAHARA

Huge Megalithic Ancient Earth Structure Discovered – UNKNOWN EYE OF THE SAHARA

While watching this video, you will  have the following questions in your mind to ponder on –

  • Earth Ancient Anomalies Found In Sahara Desert!
  • Ancient Alien Evidence/Ruins or Ancient Erosion?
  • Remains of Ancient Dome Natural Structure or Artificial?
  • No scientist/Researcher/Human has given a definitive conclusion or reason for the Structure?
  • Discovered by early space missions, the circular object is
    25 miles wide and each ring is made from different rocks/material?
  • The estimated age for the eye is 100 million years?
  • Megalithic Ancient Crop Circle? Earths Gale Crater?
  • What Do You Think?

 

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ASTER Richat“. Licensed under Public Domain via Commons.

*/ This post is inspired by WPC- Eye Spy This week, take “eye” as your inspiration. This is a great opportunity to photograph people or pets, but remember — eye has lots of other potential meanings, too. /*

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