Consider a tree for a moment. As beautiful trees are to look at, we don't see what goes on underground, as they grow roots. Trees must develop deep roots in order to grow strong and produce their beauty. But we don't see the roots. We just see and enjoy the beauty. In much the same way, what's goes on inside of us is like the roots of a tree.
~ Joyce Meyer
A solitary Knob-billed Duck on the banks of the Chambal river. One of the largest species of duck, their habitat ranges from sub-saharan Africa thru South Asia on to South-East Asia. I found the blueish-green iridescence on the secondaries especially striking.
A pensive Blue Whistling Thrush in a mixed forest of Pine and Oak in the lower Himalayas. While the Thrushes are doing well with a spread from Central Asia through India and on to South-East Asia, it is the Banj (Himalayan Oak) that is in decline. Requiring moist, loamy soil and growing from 1500m to 2400m in altitude, they are very sensitive to fire and frost. The annual man-made pre-monsoon fires in the hills of Uttarakhand are causing huge damage to these forests.
Shot at Kalmatia Sangam, Almora. Uttarakhand. 04/2013.
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