Thursday, May 24, 2007

Tiger Tiger Burning out!!

Bannerghatta National Park - Bangalore
(Canon S2IS, f/3.5 at 1/100 s focal length 919 mm)

William Blake(1757–1827) once wrote...

TIGER, tiger, burning bright
In the forests of the night,
What immortal hand or eye
Could frame thy fearful symmetry?

In what distant deeps or skies
Burnt the fire of thine eyes?
On what wings dare he aspire?
What the hand dare seize the fire?

And what shoulder and what art
Could twist the sinews of thy heart?
And when thy heart began to beat,
What dread hand and what dread feet?

What the hammer? what the chain?
In what furnace was thy brain?
What the anvil? What dread grasp
Dare its deadly terrors clasp?

When the stars threw down their spears,
And water'd heaven with their tears,
Did He smile His work to see?
Did He who made the lamb make thee?

Tiger, tiger, burning bright
In the forests of the night,
What immortal hand or eye
Dare frame thy fearful symmetry?

Year 2007... The Bengal Tiger is on the verge of extinction.

Posted Friday , May 25, 2007 at 08:20

New Delhi: The new census conducted by the Wildlife Institute of India is out and the results are not bright.

The census says that more than half of the tigers have gone missing in Central India in the last five years.
Tiger numbers have come down by 61 per cent in Madhya Pradesh since 2002, 57 per cent in Maharashtra and 40 per cent in Rajasthan. The census puts the blame of decline in numbers squarely on urbanisation and poaching.

The study is based on a new methodology that the Wildlife Institute says is more accurate in estimating the tiger population.
The findings that cover 16 of India’s 28 tiger reserves have been released after two years of monitoring, and cover 16 of the country's 28 tiger reserves. A final census is expected by the end of the year.

Read the full report Here

Learn more about the tiger Here

Get to know some interesting Tiger Trivia Here

Monday, May 07, 2007

Topsy Turvy

(Panasonic Lumix FZ50 : f/4.0 at 1/640s , Focal length 88.8 mm. ISO 100)
Mirror Image

I love this snap for the very reason that it protrays simplicity so well. What was an ordinary snap to click, ended up surprisingly well. I was playing around with this picture when i rotated it upside down accidently. To my surprise it was very difficult to separate the real image from the reflection. Although, with a second look you would realise that the actual flower is much brighter, the confluence of the sunlight on the still green water protrays a wonderful mirage like feeling. I also like the way the gentle morning rays of the sun fade out diagonally across the photo..almost as if the sun was shining its spotlight on this very beautiful flower.