Category: Photography

Damselflies

Damselflies are insects in the sub-order Zygoptera in the order Odonata. The meaning of Damselfly is “paired-wings” or “equal wings”.

Damselflies are very beautiful and helpful predators since they help control the population of harmful insects. Adult damselflies feed on different kinds of flies, mosquitoes, moths, and some of them even eat beetles and caterpillars.

They are a very important group of insects in the stream and pond ecosystems. Damselflies are one of the important bioindicators who help us understand the water quality.  The destruction and alteration of freshwater habitats are the biggest threats to the damselfly species worldwide.

Some of my photographs of different damselflies :

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References:

  1. https://british-dragonflies.org.uk/odonata/damselflies/
  2. https://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/galveston/beneficials/beneficial-12_damselflies.htm
  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Damselfly

Greater Adjutant Stork

Greater Adjutant Stork is listed as endangered on the IUCN Red List of threatened species.  This bird is facing the threat of extinction due to rapid loss of habitat and known to breed only in the Assam state of India and Cambodia. It is a scavenger bird and like many other scavenger birds, it is also not admired. It may not be pretty but it is key to maintaining healthy ecosystems.

I took the following photographs at the dumping site of Guwahati which is near the Deepor Beel Bird Sanctuary. 

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The Quiet World

The Quiet World
                             by Jeffrey McDaniel
In an effort to get people to look
into each other’s eyes more,
and also to appease the mutes,
the government has decided
to allot each person exactly one hundred
and sixty-seven words, per day.
When the phone rings, I put it to my ear
without saying hello. In the restaurant
I point at chicken noodle soup.
I am adjusting well to the new way.
Late at night, I call my long distance lover,
proudly say I only used fifty-nine today.
I saved the rest for you.
When she doesn’t respond,
I know she’s used up all her words,
so I slowly whisper I love you
thirty-two and a third times.
After that, we just sit on the line
and listen to each other breathe.
Photographs: Abinash Biswal

Beauty – Khalil Gibran

Where shall you seek beauty, and how shall you find her unless she herself be your way and your guide?
And how shall you speak of her except she be the weaver of your speech? …

….beauty is life when life unveils her holy face.

But you are life and you are the veil.

Beauty is eternity gazing at itself in a mirror.

But you are eternity and you are the mirror.    – Khalil Gibran

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Love

P.S. Pictures – Nav Jivan Hospital campus, Rural, Jharkhand

Touched by an Angel – Maya Angelou

We, unaccustomed to courage

exiles from delight

live coiled in shells of loneliness

until love leaves its high holy temple

and comes into our sight

to liberate us into life.

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Love arrives

and in its train come ecstasies

old memories of pleasure

ancient histories of pain.

Yet if we are bold,

love strikes away the chains of fear

from our souls.

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We are weaned from our timidity

In the flush of love’s light

we dare be brave

And suddenly we see

that love costs all we are

and will ever be.

Yet it is only love

which sets us free.

By Maya Angelou

I know why the caged bird sings

“…. I know why the caged bird sings, ah me,
    When his wing is bruised and his bosom sore,—
When he beats his bars and he would be free;
It is not a carol of joy or glee,
    But a prayer that he sends from his heart’s deep core,
But a plea, that upward to Heaven he flings—
I know why the caged bird sings! “

                                   – Paul Laurence Dunbar

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Taken in Mussoorie, India.

 

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P.S: These photographs have no connection with the poem yet I thought to share my photographs along with it.

A walk on Flamborough Head Clifftop

We had a beautiful afternoon clifftop walk from Flamborough north landing to lighthouse across the cliff. It was raining and windy at the same time, which restricted in taking photographs but it was an amazing experience. See the photographs with different lightings…
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Want to know about the place: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flamborough_Head

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Grassington – a rich history & a colourful present

We had a field trip to Yorkshire Dales National Park as part of our induction week for Sustainability Masters at University of Leeds. The purpose of the visit was to understand the concept of sustainable development at the beginning of sessions. We also had an opportunity to visit a village call Grassington inside the National park.

The village has almost a thousand years of beautiful history and well known for farming. Some of the old Barns we saw, which has now been turned into cottages are more than 300 years old.

There are some of the photographs of the village, especially, flowers on the walls are extremely beautiful.
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The Joy in solitude

Sometimes sitting and thinking nothing

Sometimes looking at the sky and admiring

Sometimes listening to the sounds

Sometimes observing a small insect busy in its business

Sometimes a whisper of prayer

Sometimes with a mug of coffee and a kindle

Sometimes rereading the old favourite book

Sometimes feeling the cold breeze

Sometimes thinking of a past memory

Sometimes a fantasy

Sometimes just missing someone

And forever the joy in solitude….

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Nav Jivan – During Monsoon

Since three years rainfall in this area had been quite low and had affected agriculture by a huge margin. By the grace of God, this time the rainfall seems to be promising. Until now the amount of rainfall is quite good and hope it continues for some more days. We wish this year farmers will have a good and substantial cultivation of the monsoon crops. Ponds and other water sources that were dried up since two years are starting to flow again. It seems like the greenery has been restored and we pray it continues too. We thank God for this showers of blessings as we hope there would be enough in store for poor farmers.

Here are some photographs of our campus during monsoon this year. hope you enjoy…
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Water from different places getting merged and flowing down to the pond
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Hospital Pond, This pond was dried up completely last year.
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Maintenance guys clearing up the water ways.
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Mr. Eliyas making sure of uninterrupted water flow

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My friends coming to see our pond which is getting filled up
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View of our pond from the other side

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You can see water in the agriculture field outside of our campus…Last year we played soccer in the same fields during this month.

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Rachel bunking office and enjoying the rain out there..

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And the Photographer…

Pray for us so that we may continue to have good rain…

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Incredible weather & a simple photography….

This place is Kechki, where river Koel and Auranga join together…it’s a very beautiful place especially during monsoon….We got a chance to spend a day at this spot a year back…

Flooded river, broken bridge, overflowing water, little bit of drizzle, fantastic weather and amazing friends…what an incredible time!!!

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Villagers are crossing the river by boat…but risky.. we too got a boat trip to the opposite side…was adventurous….

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The nature at its best…

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Jesus is so much more than a holiday

Jesus is so much more than a holiday

Chris Martin Writes

I get it.

Most people grew up in church. It became a weekly ritual. For the very religious ones, attendance required three visits per week. Minimum.

Then annual observances became the norm. Christmas to celebrate the birth of Christ. Easter, His resurrection. There’s a myriad of documents, theories, and arguments about the actual time frame of His birth. We won’t get into that.

I see a trend in Christian circles, and quite frankly, it grieves me deeply.

I’m not here to beat you over the head with the true meaning of these holidays. Jesus instead of presents and commercialization. Jesus instead of Easter egg hunts and candy. Regardless of origins, no one is going to Hell if they participate in those activities.

It’s ludicrous to even think that way.

Jesus paid too high a price for us to only honor Him twice a year. 

This weekend, thousands, if not millions will don…

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