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War Of The Worlds

The handsome bezoar ibex Capra aegagrus aegagrus is the wild ancestor of the domestic goat that has helped sustain pastoral communities across the globe for millennia.

Why Was I Given The Power To Think?

When I see a frog, beetle, or skink that has found a spot on this planet to call its own I am overcome with gratitude and gobsmacked with wonder. How can things be so utterly beautiful and so miraculously functional all at once?

What A Wonderful World!

What a complex, delightful, surprisingly magical world we are blessed to be a part of. How lucky we are to be sharing space with gazillions of flying ornaments, such as this Blue-tailed Bee-eater Merops philippinus.

Roads To Nowhere

Shivaraman SubramaniamWhat an exquisite sight. This curious snow leopard cub and its (out of frame) mother and sibling were photographed using a 24-70 mm. wide-angle lens by roving conservation photographer Shivaraman Subramaniam on January 30, 2016, while returning…

No Legs To Stand On

“What is there to life... if man cannot hear the arguments of the frogs around a pond at night?” — Chief Seattle

Black Is Black

I have never once in four decades of tramping through India’s wilds seen a black leopard. I have dreamed of seeing one, spoken to people who have seen one, gazed adoringly at images such as the one on this page… but have never, ever, been personally blessed by an actual darshan (sighting).

A Fluke Of Nature

An Irrawady dolphin vanishes into the food-rich, mud-brown waters of the Sundarbans Tiger Reserve and a whole world of opportunity, hidden from human eyes, opens up a micro-moment later. Using sophisticated sonography, the aquatic mammal sweeps its head expertly left to right to stitch together an…

Reflections

How extraordinarily lucky we are to be living on a subcontinent that still sustains wild elephants. Not because they are such beautiful animals… which they are. Not because our cultures and religions have been so deeply influenced by their magnificent aura… which they…

Clear As Glass

 Shubham AlaveNature designed its miraculous systems to mesh together in stunning complexity so that life, all manner of life, could emerge, stay safe and flourish.

A Leap Of Faith

Shiv KumarHow else could anyone possibly describe this death-defying river crossing?

From the austere Karakoram and Hindu Kush mountains of Pakistan, through to western Ladakh plus a swatch of high-altitude Indian wildernesses, Capra sibirica hemalayanus

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