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21 February 2006 @ 11:57 am
Kerala  
It was a short four day trip to the Thattekad forest, but the time spent there was just fantastic. We saw some beautiful wildlife and were chased by wild elephants. It's scary, dangerous, stupid and thrilling to be within twenty feet of these massive animals while on foot in a rainforest, but like my friend said - "If there are no elephants then it's not a jungle"

Have some interesting stories and pictures, but now to catch up on the work to be done.



Forest guards on the Periyar river.



 
 
 
Bhavanabhavanar on February 21st, 2006 07:12 am (UTC)
Wow the sun's so red? Awesome! They almost seem to be sitting on water.
Yathinyathin on February 21st, 2006 10:23 am (UTC)
> Wow the sun's so red?

Typical sunset in Kerala. How long since you saw the sun or a good sunset there? ;)
Bhavanabhavanar on February 21st, 2006 12:55 pm (UTC)
Very long :(
Bhavanabhavanar on February 21st, 2006 12:55 pm (UTC)
The sunsets here can never beat those back home.
kejnkejn on February 21st, 2006 07:34 am (UTC)
"If there are no elephants then it's not a jungle"

that explains the lack of jungles here in sweden then. :-)
Yathinyathin on February 21st, 2006 10:21 am (UTC)
... and lack of snow here. :D
vattax on February 21st, 2006 08:02 am (UTC)
Thattekad forest? Thats 20 kms from my house!
Yathinyathin on February 21st, 2006 08:06 am (UTC)
You live in a wonderful place. Thattekad is absolutely stunning, especially the sholas near Periyar.
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Yathinyathin on February 21st, 2006 08:18 am (UTC)
Nopes, Thattekad. It's pretty famous in the birding circle because of the long list of bird species it hosts:
    http://www.indian-wildlife.com/thakketad.htm
Arunbirdonthewire on February 21st, 2006 09:59 am (UTC)
Amazing photo. Just perfect.
occhidelfino: moiocchidelfino on February 21st, 2006 11:40 am (UTC)
thats sooo beautiful...i miss that place...:(
zhenzhizhenzhi on February 21st, 2006 12:39 pm (UTC)
such a peaceful photograph. really beautiful.
forest guards... against poachers?
Yathinyathin on February 21st, 2006 01:02 pm (UTC)
> against poachers?

Yep. Poachers, wood-cutters and all sorts of crazy anti-forest elements. Also, look at how well they are armed. Poachers have automatic guns and rifles and our guards have locally made knives and sticks. :)
ZuZusuzan_s on February 21st, 2006 01:48 pm (UTC)
OOOOOOOOOOOHHHH! Lovely, just magical. That was a gift from the great photo cosmos!!
mujib on February 21st, 2006 02:37 pm (UTC)
Excellent.
Harshakaadupapa on February 22nd, 2006 05:18 am (UTC)
WOW! nice shot!
Premnath Kudvapremkudva on February 22nd, 2006 05:32 am (UTC)
Ah! This is a prize winner.
sainath on February 22nd, 2006 09:45 am (UTC)
amazing photos !! adding u dude :)