Photographs

Brown-Capped Pygmy Woodpecker, Thattekad

A portrait of the photographer as a Pygmy Woodpecker

I couldn’t photograph Brown-Capped Pygmy Woodpeckers when I first saw them in Thekkady. They were quicker than hiccups. Every time I tried, they would disappear behind branches. Soon, I grew impatient. In a matter of minutes, I moved on to the next spot.

In less than a year, I saw a flock of them in Thattekad. Again, they kept fleeing my camera’s frame. But this time, I decided to hang around. And as time went by, they warmed up to my presence. Some were kind enough to strike remarkably curious poses.

I don’t believe that good things happen to those who wait. If you really want something, you must go out there and see if it exists – the way you think it does. And if it is prone to sudden flight, like Brown-Capped Pygmy Woodpeckers are – you ought to hold onto it.

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Kodaikanal

There is magic in every mushroom

Mushrooms
aren’t
nature’s
apology for
toadstools;
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Marsh Harrier, Pulicat Lake

Peshawar – December 16, 2014

May
the dearly
departed
of Peshawar
turn into
baby falcons,
whisked away
from this
frightening
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