To A Squirrel At Kyle-Na-No

Come play with me;
Why should you run
Through the shaking tree
As though I’d a gun
To strike you dead?
When all I would do
Is to scratch your head
And let you go.”
― W.B. Yeats

In Chitradurga, there were tooooo many squirrels than we normal would see in other places. At least the number of monkeys that were there is understandable, but squirrels ? Caught this one after a long struggle (they don’t stand in a place for more than a second do they ?) and with my manual focus (auto focus in my 45oD isn’t working well), by the time I get it done, all I got was just the rock. And the sad part is they kept taunting me every now and then. They would come in my path and look at me and by the time I get my camera ready, they are gone. This is the only shot I have of these rodents from that place.

WPC: Adventure

Adventure: This week’s photography challenge theme and here are my entries.

In Nevis Range, Fort William, I decided that I would go to the top on that cable car, alone. When it started and not even 1/4 of the distance covered, there was a blizzard and the cable car started to shake very badly. I decided to forgo my courage and called up all the Gods (whose names I could remember) to come and help me out of this. While coming back down I made sure I had some company. Some adventure that was and my first encounter with a blizzard.


Climbing that hill in Chitradurga, without any support except for those small carvings in the stone made for placing the legs – Nothing short of an adventure and no, I did not try it. Two of my friends did and in this picture they are almost at the top.


and finally, the one and only trekking I ever did in my life in Wayanad, and I am not sure if I want to do a repeat performance, because it was not only an very unique adventure for me, it was also an unforgettable one for the guide who came with us, because I almost pulled him down with me in the steep climb down, when all he was trying to do was help me get down. And that happened not once but thrice. adv3


I have always wanted to take a close up of a Sunflower. We don’t get to see it unless we are driving somewhere where the fields are and can stop to take a shot. And we were lucky on Saturday on our way to Chitradurga. There were too many fields on the way and finally we stopped in one. And all of us had fun taking enough close up shots of the flowers there. It was a little windy and Sun was still behind the clouds. So all these flowers were hanging their heads down looking so sad and when we almost gave up, Sun shone bright (for a few minutes only) and slowly a few flowers lifted their heads a little , just a little towards the Sun. Here is one my favorites from the set.

“Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadows. It’s what the sunflowers do.” – Hellen Keller