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Marayur and Chinnar: A Photographic Voyage along Rivers Chinnar and Pampar

// September 24th, 2015 // No Comments » // Eco Watch

Indian Gaur at Marayur sandal forest, early Sept 2015

Indian Gaur at Marayur sandal forest, early Sept 2015

Green Imperial Pigeon at Chinnar, early Sept 2015

Green Imperial Pigeon at Chinnar, early Sept 2015

Small Minivet at Chinnar, early Sept 2015

Small Minivet at Chinnar, early Sept 2015

Changeable Hawk Eagle at Chinnar, early Sept 2015.

Changeable Hawk Eagle at Chinnar, early Sept 2015.

A Jewel dragonfly at Koottar the confluence of Chinnar and Pampar, early Sept 2015

A Jewel dragonfly at Koottar the confluence of Chinnar and Pampar, early Sept 2015

Pied Cuckoo at Chinnar, early Sept 2015

Pied Cuckoo at Chinnar, early Sept 2015

Black-shouldered Kite at Chinnar, early Sept 2015

Black-shouldered Kite at Chinnar, early Sept 2015

Tufted Grey Langur with young one at Chinnar, early Sept 2015.

Tufted Grey Langur with young one at Chinnar, early Sept 2015.

Small Blue Kingfisher at Chinnar, early Sept 2015.

Small Blue Kingfisher at Chinnar, early Sept 2015.

Lorikeet or Vernal Hanging Parrot at Chinnar, early Sept 2015.

Lorikeet or Vernal Hanging Parrot at Chinnar, early Sept 2015.

Gecko lizard at Koottar the confluence of Chinnar and Pampar, early Sept 2015.

Gecko lizard at Koottar the confluence of Chinnar and Pampar, early Sept 2015.

Blue-bearded Bee Eater at Chinnar, early Sept 2015.

Blue-bearded Bee Eater at Chinnar, early Sept 2015.

A Rose Butterfly at Chinnar, early Sept 2015

A Rose Butterfly at Chinnar, early Sept 2015

Black Eagle at Chinnar, early Sept 2015

Black Eagle at Chinnar, early Sept 2015

Indian Gaur and calf at Marayur sandal forest, early Sept 2015

Indian Gaur and calf at Marayur sandal forest, early Sept 2015

Indian Gaur bull charging at Marayur sandal forest, early Sept 2015.

Indian Gaur bull charging at Marayur sandal forest, early Sept 2015.

Fairy Bluebird at Chinnar, early Sept 2015.

Fairy Bluebird at Chinnar, early Sept 2015.

Grizzled Giant Squirrel the mascot of Chinnar sanctuary, early Sept 2015

Grizzled Giant Squirrel the mascot of Chinnar sanctuary, early Sept 2015

Grey Wagtail an early migrant bird at Chinnar, early Sept 2015

Grey Wagtail an early migrant bird at Chinnar, early Sept 2015

Vishnu Chinnar, Vishnu Kartha, Al Ameen and Ajay Sekher the author at Chinnar, early Sept 2015

Vishnu Chinnar, Vishnu Kartha, Al Ameen and Ajay Sekher the author at Chinnar, early Sept 2015

Kurinji Paints the Anamalais 2014: A Photo Essay

// October 17th, 2014 // No Comments » // Culture and Ecology, Eco Watch

Nila Kurinji blossoms on Munnar mountains near Lockheart Gap beneath Chakra Mudi

Neela Kurinji (Strobilantus Kuntianus) blossoms on Munnar mountains near Lockheart Gap at the base of Chakra Mudi overlooking the Bodhi Medu towards east. Early September 2014

 

Color Purple and waving lilac on the grasslands of Munnar near Lockheart Gap near Chakra Mudi. Sept 2014.

Color Purple and waving lilac wash on the grasslands of Munnar near Lockheart Gap near Chakra Mudi overlooking the Bodhi mountains in the east. Kurinji has inspired Sangham or Chankam poetry and ancient Tamil Pun Ragas like Kurinji and Nattai Kurinji.  Sept 2014.

 

Riding to the Anamalais to see the Kurinji bloom by the Gap road on Munnar - Bodhi Medu road.

Riding to the Anamalais to see the Kurinji bloom by the Gap road on Munnar – Bodhi Medu road. Sept 2014

 

Youth from the plains amidst the sea of Kurinji colors near Lockheart Gap, Munnar. Sept 2014.

Youth from the plains amidst the sea of Kurinji colors near Lockheart Gap, Munnar. Sept 2014.  Anamalais were home to numerous monasteries and Buddhist Viharas or Pallys till early middle ages.  Ana or elephant is a key Buddhist cultural icon of conservation and amity.

 

Gap road connecting Munnar with Bodhi Medu and Bodhi Nayakanur in Tamil country.  Kurinji invokes the present and past in south Indian cultural history.

Gap road connecting Munnar with Bodhi Medu and Bodhi Nayakanur in Tamil country. Kurinji invokes the present and past in south Indian cultural and natural history; a view from a high vantage by the Cochin-Madurai National Highway.

 

Before the mist-caped Chokramudi or Chakra Mudi near Lockheart Gap on Munnar - Bodhi Nayakanur highway

Before the mist-caped Chokramudi or Chakra Mudi the second highest peak in the Anamalais after Ana Mudi, near Lockheart Gap on Munnar – Bodhi Nayakanur highway around 2000 m above sea level. Early Sept 2014. Photo: Muzafir Manjeri