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27 October 2006 @ 02:06 pm
There's something about this animal that makes it a favourite for a lot of people around the world. It's silent, shy and secretive and lurks in the shadows and creeps up to ambush it's quarry. Yet, many believe that it's the craftiest wild creature when it comes to improvising a scheme for food. It has played hero and villain in hundreds of folklore and myths and real life dramas. Unfortunately, its home is an ever-shrinking island of trees and grass.

Over the last few days a bunch of us were guests in the abode of this majestic creature. Two young tigers decided to grant audience for a few minutes. Photographs were clicked and history has been made.

The young tiger looks at a Gaur (the largest bovine in the world!)

The other young one joins in in the gaur-watching

They are off for a stroll. Maybe they are walking the road towards extinction. Maybe not.

Phew! They turn around and then disappear like a shadow in darkness in the thick undergrowth of the jungles.

Praveen Garlapatipraveenkumarg on October 27th, 2006 03:09 pm (UTC)

wow !!!
(¯`·._.·[ (SIL) ]·._.·´¯)cyberscorpion on October 27th, 2006 05:24 pm (UTC)
wow... amazing pictures Yathin.... Kudos
nickleesonnickleeson on October 27th, 2006 05:31 pm (UTC)
vinay sreenivasavinay_ks on October 27th, 2006 05:46 pm (UTC)
Awesome Photographs!!!
kejnkejn on October 27th, 2006 05:57 pm (UTC)

how far off were they? i noticed the background looks fuzzy. but i love the effect here - it makes the pictures look like paintings. :-) especially the first one with the composition with the tiger on one end/side of the sunlit trail and the gaur on the other (standing in the shade). it's like you positioned them there and then painted them. cool!

Yathinyathin on October 28th, 2006 02:06 am (UTC)
> how far off were they?

About 30-40 meters. The Gaurs were about 50 meters from the tigers.

> it makes the pictures look like paintings

absolutely. It's nature at it's best. I loved the movements and sounds and wish I could have captured that as well. :)
Premnath Kudvapremkudva on October 28th, 2006 04:34 am (UTC)
You lucky dude! That first photo is a prize winner.
depontideponti on October 28th, 2006 10:59 am (UTC)
I heard about your sightings at the JLR office from Karthik and Kalyan...and the photos really took me there, too!

I hope the day will soon come when I see my first SIT (South Indian Tiger)!
Shivakumarshivakumar_l on October 28th, 2006 12:56 pm (UTC)
I really liked the way you have narrated it ... great going mate ....
Sajith T Ssajith on October 28th, 2006 03:28 pm (UTC)
Amazing is an understatement. You've got everything just right. Fascinating subjects, locale, colour. Pictures that talk, and a wonderful story to tell. Superb.
Krishna Kumarkrishkumar on October 31st, 2006 12:58 pm (UTC)
hehe... nice captions throughout.
guru_kathavate on November 2nd, 2006 03:05 pm (UTC)
Super pics..

at what time of the day were these pics were taken??
Yathinyathin on November 3rd, 2006 03:32 am (UTC)
Re: bombaaT
Early morning - about 8am.
Vinit Bhansalivinit on November 3rd, 2006 04:08 pm (UTC)
As usual, you don't fail to impress!