Saturday, February 11, 2006,8:06 PM

Don't tell me this is not orange, I can identify only primary colours. On top of a thin stalk the flower keeps swaying in the breeze, I go back and forth and click at a point. Depth of field is very low, when I took this picture never knew there's going to be something called digital. I used a 35-70 short zoom with extension tubes, my good old battered Olympus. poor thing is getting rusty now. Being very lazy digital cameras suit me.
Enough of storks, going after more birds on Tuesday. Have only one way ticket. going to the place I was born. I was born in a forest, Its no longer a forest now.
Daylight again.
posted by rauf
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  • 10:25 PM, Blogger wildpic

    Have only one way ticket. going to the place I was born. I was born in a forest, Its no longer a forest now ...

    so very touchy rauf, these words turn my eyes glossy ! ...

  • 12:42 AM, Blogger Patty

    Pretty! Love the soft colors(brighter orange, deeper orange, blue, white, green & a little bit of pink).

    I have been looking through old photos & there is a photo of me & my grandpa on a bike & you can see the neighborhood in which we live. There are TREES and only a few roads & a couple of houses. Now, there are about 50 or so houses just in our small neighborhood. Nice neighborhood, but it's so different.

  • 1:55 AM, Anonymous e2d

    You were born in a forest but its no longer there!
    So what happened to it?…disappeared ..got swallowed up by that dazzling monster called -Development!! Weird isn’t it…cant live with it …cant live without it. The other day we had a discussion in class…it was a paper on forest degradation in the Amazon…and it was funny in an irritating way becos this paper was published in Science and the authors a bunch of very intelligent people— after talking in length about the extent of degradation in these areas concluded by giving just two lines of recommendation on how to tackle the issue.: - "expanding road networks, electrical supply line and water transport systems has to be curtailed in these regions". So convenient to suggest something like this… you poor people living in the forests go without water and electricity because we need to protect these forests to thae care of issues like global warming and climate change.. meanwhile we shall live in our comfortable apartments with round the clock electricity and water supply …pls dont take it personally.
    Back home I had a chance to spend some time with a tribal community in AP and they still had not got electricity in their village. And you know what we were there for ---helping these folks figure out better ways to manage their forests. I felt a bit stupid and guilty being there. Anyway these are just some frustrating thoughts and I hope you see what I mean. I am trying to understand and figure out things—till then will continue to be outraged and frustrated and sigh and shake my head in hopelessness and at the same time be thankful to the dazzling monster called development…which makes me a bit of hypocrite I guess. I don’t know.
    BTW awesome pic!

  • 6:23 AM, Blogger Rauf

    Its on the banks of cauvery Suresh
    One side coffee plantations have come up and the other side a town has grown. Every visit to my native place been pretty emotional.
    but still its pretty much green. But no more elephants, wolves and foxes that i saw in my childhood. Pretty heavy traffic goes on those road. I walk the entire distance from cauvery town of siddapur to my place always. i know every culvert, every bend. I can walk blind fold. but some truck will knock me down now if I try.

  • 6:31 AM, Blogger Rauf

    Do you remember forrest gump Patty ? Its like going through your old photographs with music.
    i can visualise you riding your bike without any fear of traffic. Music like california deaming opens the flood gates of memory, so is every song there in the movie. Texas is too big a state for any noticeable damage. In India there are too many people for one square mile, you can easily see the damage.

  • 6:46 AM, Blogger Rauf

    Development has its damaging effects e2d, Sitting on a wooden chair and sleeping on a wooden cot. enjoying electricity and faster travel, I have no right to say don't chop the trees. There has been no equal and faster replacement. We have plundered recklessly. Though the planet rectifies itself, its good that people are now aware of the damage.
    in 1947 when india gained independence, 40% of land was forest. now only 3% is left. Suresh will throw some more light on it.
    No you are not a hypocrite e2d, before we point our finger on others we have to understand that we are equally responsible for the damage, We too contribute to the pollution degredation, directly or indirectly. Being aware of the damage means a lot, this awareness was absent 20 years ago. Its just the beginning, your children will have a better healthier and greener planet e2d.
    I'll ask Suresh to write on this.

  • 8:58 AM, Blogger Miss Wendy Eileen

    lovely lovely! Its beautiful, and your photos never stop inspiring me....

  • 9:49 AM, Blogger Rauf

    Thank you Miss Eileen. Its a bit of fantasy as our eye does not see this way. I forgot to mention in the post that in all my macro pictures I open the aperture fully, here the full opening was 3.5, so that I get the maximum shutter speed. When the flower is swaying in the breeze the priority is always the shutter.

  • 9:35 AM, Blogger wildpic

    rauf, wonderfull comments happening. i sure will forward a proper compilation on the subject we are discussing, then lets have a good discusion on 'awareness' 'contribution (either way)' and 'hope'. i would love to do this fulltime, hope 'nature' permits.

  • 10:37 AM, Blogger Patty

    We have the movie Forrest Gump. I watched it once, don't remember it too well. Tom Hanks is one of my favorite actors though.

    Do you mean you went back through & looked at my old photos in my archives?

    You will be happy to know, my mom has always recycled anything she can. We recycle things every day. We have a huge bucket that gets filled up everyday almost with things we can recycle. When I was little, I used to help my mom pick up tons of trash off the roads. She stopped doing that after a while, because, she would spend hours doing this and the very next day there would be litter everywhere all over again. She got depressed. She still picks up cans & any trash she sees on the ground or in parking lots, etc., but she doesn't spend hours doing it anymore. I can't stand anyone who litters. I used to be embarrassed about my mom picking up other people's trash, but now, I know even though it's not her job to do it, she does it, because she cares about our world.

    And do you know what? The man who owns or who is president or whatever of the hospital that my mom works at & who lives in our neighborhood-she has asked him personally about starting a recycling program at the hospital. And he has NEVER done it. The hospital throws away so many things every day that could be recycled and it's such a waste. My mom works in the lab and she has asked people she works with to put all the cardboard boxes & plastic containers outside and to call her so she can come collect all the stuff and recycle them. Because NO ONE else will do it. She takes her own free time to do this every day if there is something everyday-she goes to get it.

    Why won't that stupid man in charge of the hospital start a recycling program? I don't like him. I feel like throwing, all the recyclable things my mom has taken from the hospital, onto his property. I'm sure it would be so much stuff that you wouldn't even be able to see his house at all. Stupid man. What an Idiot. It would give me great joy if he had a blog site. :)

  • 3:51 PM, Blogger Rauf

    Suresh its a good idea, got lot of work to finish before I leave tonight.

  • 4:10 PM, Blogger Rauf

    Patty, recycling needs political will. In Germany it is mandatory and is followed strictly and religiously. My goodness,its not on purpose. I pour what comes to mind. Saving the envronment is religion too Patty, We are saving ourselves and doing it for our future generation. Your mom is nothing less than a religious figure head. This should become a part of religion. Your mom giving a lecture in the chursh or sunday school would be a great idea. Wish it is followed in the mosques and temples as well instead of fighting killing each other on religious grounds. what a waste. Priests are powerful, They can make their followers aware that our planet is our home and protecting it from further damage is religion too.

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  • 1:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous

    Rauf, - orange - i'll ask unni masha-rins

  • 5:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous

    Best regards from NY! »

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