Winter storm Helena was supposed to hit us harder. Six inches of snow, failed power, and freezing pipes. The storm came and went, and the dull morning made way for a bright and sunny afternoon. Then the birds began to come out Continue reading Winter birding at the doorstep
Trees are an inconvenience. Leaves falling, light being blocked, snakes showing up, tree roots destabilizing the walls, the need to widen the approach road – we have so many excuses to cut down our trees, and none for planting one. Continue reading Can the koel find another tree?
To shoot a mockingbird was the ultimate quest. After a year of waiting, it finally happened. Meet the many-tongued mimic – the Northern Mockingbird Continue reading Northern Mockingbird – the many-tongued mimic
Cary Glen in North Carolina has little cosmic significance. It is a little lake in a little town. But nature thrives here, and it provides a much-needed escape from life’s machinations Continue reading Cary Glen – Images of a lovely North Carolina lake
Why go on an expensive safari to watch birds when your backyard is just as well endowed as any forest? Continue reading Balcony Safari – The idle joy of birding
When a sunset that seemed improbable only a moment ago bloodies the sky, it becomes the fulcrum balancing idle desolation and mad euphoria. A photographic meditation Continue reading Chasing a Sunset
One thing is clear after watching this Carolina Anole wrestle a stick-fast caterpillar off its leafy perch – this picky eater really loves its greens Continue reading Encounter with a picky eater – Carolina Anole
Epiphany on wandering into a gentlemen’s club of sexually exhausted Northern Elephant Seals on a beach in Point Reyes Continue reading Slumbering Giants – Northern Elephant Seals of Point Reyes
Celebrate June rains with this Green Ogre calendar wallpaper for desktops, ipads and laptops. Download it for free Continue reading Celebrate June rains with this wallpaper
Meeting Anna’s Hummingbird, with its startling metallic pink head and dazzling green plumage, is nothing short of birding epiphany Continue reading Encounter – Anna’s Hummingbird
Back to Kullu — and woeful civilization — after a half-done but nonetheless fulfilling trek in the Great Himalayan National Park. And, with that, we conclude this series by Sandeep Somasekharan. Continue reading GHNP Trek Day 7-9 – Lapa-Neuli-Kullu and civilization
On Day 6 of our Great Himalayan National Park Trek we detour to Lapa from Dhel Thatch, making a slippery and treacherous descent Continue reading GHNP Trek Day 6 – Descent or plummet to Lapa?
Our Great Himalayan National Park trek plan gets altered, as the path to Ghumtarao is snowed out. We end up doing local excursions at Dhel Thatch on day four and five, trying to spot some wildlife, and enjoying the fauna and the Himalayan sun. Continue reading GHNP Trek Days 4-5 – Exploring Dhel and foiled plans
As Winter Storm Thor freezes North America in his icy tentacles, Sandeep Somasekharan wriggles free to reveal some stunning snowscapes. Continue reading Whiteout: Winter Storm Thor shows his artistic side
Day 3 of our Great Himalayan National Park trek takes us from Humkhani to Dhel Thatch (3500 m) – 7 km and 1400 m to climb. Sandeep Somasekharan continues with Part 4 of the travelogue Continue reading GHNP Trek Day 3: To Dhel, and the layers unravel