Sunday, October 30, 2011

Tiny Froglets

I spotted these tiny frogs one wet morning on the leaves of the plant where I had released the green tree frog. I believe they are young frogs that just lost their tails as they were that tiny!

A few had a slightly different pattern and colour.

I thought that perhaps it was possible for these froglets to be the young of the Malabar Flying Frog I had released here. But there wasn't any water body nearby. Whatever they are, or wherever they came from, I was glad I could spot and photograph such tiny and cute frogs in front of my house.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Scaredy Squirrels

Don't you just love squirrels? Watching them scurry along, doing their funny businesses is an absolute delight. Several 3-striped squirrels came close to us while we were at the Mysore zoo, and since I never really got to take any good shots of wild mammals, I decided to photograph some of these cheeky creatures.

Unlike the squirrels in my area, these were much more used to human interference and didn't mind if we came too close.

Friday, October 21, 2011


I'll be posting some landscape shots I took while in Mysore. Well, for most of the journey, it was just a plain straight road with green on either sides.

I took this shot while passing a paddy field.

The Mysore palace, a huge palace with thousands of ancient articles and rich history.

A big, old church.

Vrindavan Gardens, a stretch of land planted with various trees and flowering plants, right next to a huge dam.

I didn't really enjoy the trip, but well, it's still better than sitting home the entire weekend.

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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Wild Spotted Deer

I was on my way to Mysore, a popular tourist destination in the Karnataka state of India. I was travelling by coach and on the way, we drive through a protected forest. I kept my eyes open, eager to spot and photograph and wild animals. And not too soon later did a group of Spotted Deer appear by the side of the road.

I quickly grabbed as many shots as I could with my 50-200mm zoom lens. This was the first time I was photographing wild deer, although I have seen them before when I was young. Here are a few individuals.

Apparently it seems like these animals were used to seeing cars and people, as they didn't flee the scene. They ignored us and continued grazing by the road.

A few metres ahead, were several more deer, and some had tall and pointed horns, with a frosty covering. I presume those were males. However, I couldn't take any shots as the bus didn't stop.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Malabar Flying Frog

I happened to spot another green tree frog in my front yard, one that looked exactly like the previous one I spotted in my house. I was walking by some green shrubs when I noticed, across the leaves, a green frog with its eyes closed and dozing off.

I really like this shot!

There is a possibility that it was the same individual I spotted before, as it looked very much the same. I decided to do some research and managed to identify it as the Malabar Flying Frog. They are a common species of tree frog found mainly in the Western Ghats of India. The term flying frog is derived from the ability to break their fall in leaps by stretching the webbing between their toes.

As it became dark, he opened its eyes and became active. He hopped onto the nearby leaves while I snapped a couple of shots.

I actually got to handle this frog as it hopped onto my shoulder while I was shooting it. As I placed him back on the leaf, I realized his right front leg was holding onto my finger, as if he didn't want to let go! I saw this as a great opportunity for a fantastic photograph, and immediately grabbed a shot.

I really enjoyed this fella. He's beautiful, elegant, and not so commonly seen in these areas. Although I've met him twice already, I sure wish to see him again.

Friday, October 7, 2011

A Tribute to Steve Jobs

I write this blog post in memory of Steve Jobs. As we all know, Steve Jobs passed away on the 5th of October due to cancer. He was such an inspiration for me; his rags to riches story fascinated me. His death is a huge loss for all of us. I had been a big fan of Jobs and his revolutionary Apple products ever since I was 11. Although he is no more, he will live on in our memories, and the apple logo will always remind us of the brave, bold and skilled man he was. In tribute, I have decided to post a picture of my iPod and iPhone.

RIP Steve Jobs (1955-2011)


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