Visiting Tadoba Tiger Reserve

Located in the state of Maharashtra, India, the Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve is one of India’s preeminent reserves. Its tropical dry deciduous forest ecosystem harbors at least 80 tigers, and there are over 200 tigers in the larger landscape. This is known to be the fastest-growing tiger population in the country. Tadoba also supports several other carnivore species, including the leopard and dhole, with the sambar, chital, wild pig and gaur being the most common prey species.

We went on four safaris, but could not spot tigers due to the abundance of available water from the rains, and tall grass and dense vegetation providing hiding spaces. Will post images of the other wildlife that we captured.

A Path Through the Jungle

Indian Flowers – Blend of Colors

India has always been exalted and remembered fondly as the country of symbolic colors. The symbolism of color stands out and controls every aspect of life in India, be it religion, politics, festivals, or celebrations. In India, be it the north, south, west, or east, color and culture go hand in hand. Flowers in India are no exception. Here is a sample of the traditional deep orange and yellow color combination in a flower.

Blend of Colors

Indian Flower Water Bowl

In Asian countries such as Bali, India, Sri Lanka, and Thailand it is quite common to find a water bowl filled with an arrangement of floating flowers and foliage as a form of reverence towards nature, a sign of welcome to visitors and a way to adorn your home with something beautiful.

Flower Decorations

Flowers in India – Plumeria

In India, the most commonly found plumeria are the Palba (white flowers with yellow center) and P. Rubra (deep pink with white petals). Because they continue to produce leaves and flowers even after being uprooted, Plumeria has earned the distinction of being ‘immortal’ in the Indian context.

Plumeria
Flowers in India – Plumeria

India’s National Flower

Lotus is the national flower of India. It is a sacred flower and occupies a unique position in the art and mythology of ancient India and has been an auspicious symbol of Indian culture since time immemorial.

Here is a lotus flower with its reflection in a pond ….

A Lotus Flower and Its Reflection

Colorful Flowers in India

Will be posting images from a trip to India in October 2022. We start with a series on flowers in India.

India, the land with many landscapes; here, you’ll find the green mountains as well as the blue seas and the yellow sandy deserts so the flower variety of this country ranges from one state to another due to the soil quality.

Flowers in India – Colorful

Marketing Wildlife in Jackson Hole

Due to an abundance of wildlife around Jackson Hole, Wyoming, it was common to see use of animal related tourist attractions and icons in the town.

The four elk antler arches guarding the corners of Jackson Hole’s George Washington Memorial Park, more commonly called the Town Square, have become well known icons to the town’s many visitors. A local whitewater rafting and kayaking operator uses bears to attract customers.

Gate of Antlers Jackson Square
Bears Canoeing on the Roof

Tetons made Famous by Ansel Adams

The Tetons and the Snake River is a black and white photograph taken by Ansel Adams in 1942, at the Grand Teton National Park, in Wyoming. It is one of his best known and most critically acclaimed photographs. Ansel Adams photographed this iconic view of the Teton Range and Snake River from roughly where we have posted several images (similar to the one below) from the Snake River Overlook. Today visitors try to capture this image forgetting that trees have grown and the exact location is not known. 

Snake River Overlook by Ansel Adams
Snake River Bend