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16 June 2005 @ 12:05 pm
The Anamalais trip  
Go here for a nice brief trip report and some fantastic photographs of my recent trip to Anamalais:

Also, there's a very hilarious incident mentioned there of our encounter with a sloth bear. So, these 3 folks (kalyan, Vijay and Suraj) were sitting on the verandah of the rest house and I was standing below facing them. We were discussing some arcane stuff when suddenly Kalyan jumps up and runs towards me shouting loudly "Bear! Bear!" and since I couldn't see what was behind me the only thing that my brains could think of was "RUN!" and that's what I did - in the opposite direction of Kalyan. Anyways, the bear was scared by Kalyan's reaction and I could catch a glimpse of it running back into the forest when I realized there was no danger and turned around. All this happenend in just a couple of seconds!

It was a very interesting trip photography wise since all 4 of us shoot with Nikon, but none of us have a common lens! Vijay shoots with top-of-the-line Nikon D2X and Nikon 600mm f/4D. Kalyan and I use a Nikon D70, but Kalyan shoots with 70-200mm f2.8 VR and I use a 300mm f/4D. Suraj uses Nikon F90x with a 70-300mm ED lens (but he was not shooting on this trip).

Suraj is running a foundation (DiscoverWild) there to help the Anamalais and the trips he organises funds this foundataion. He's a hardcore nature lover and knows what hardcore nature lovers want and that's exactly how he plans the trips. He finalizing a week long trekking route through the Forests (Sholas!!!!) and that's going to be a super cool adventure.
Bhavanabhavanar on June 16th, 2005 07:50 am (UTC)
Oh ok. Just noticed Vijay's also got some great pics on discoverwild.
Yathinyathin on June 16th, 2005 07:52 am (UTC)
IndiaBirds == Vijay's site. All pics on that site are his.
DiscoverWild == Suraj's site. All pics on that are by Suraj! :)
Bhavanabhavanar on June 16th, 2005 08:19 am (UTC)
Oops then I meant IndiaBirds. I really liked Sri Lanka Frogmouth - never seen anything like that even on TV.
Yathinyathin on June 16th, 2005 08:23 am (UTC)
See, how much folks miss out? They usually show only the things that are commercially good on TV.
Bhavanabhavanar on June 16th, 2005 08:43 am (UTC)
You people gotta change that!