Happy Holi

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Enjoy the spirit of holi with the colors of nature. Wish you all a very happy Holi.

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When its time for Two2Tango

Demoiselle Crane from Keechan, Rajasthan

Painted Stork at Bharatpur

Indian Fox at Desert National Park

Pallas Fish Eagle at Corbett National Park

Elephants at Corbet National Park

Chestnut Headed Bee eater at Corbet National Park

Lion Tailed Macaque at Valparai

Spotted Owlets at Bharatpur

Have a nice week everyone !

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Neralu Tree Festival – The Experience

Neralu Tree Festival, Bangalore
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My friend who assisted (volunteered) me during the recent shoot at the Neralu tree festival, came back to me with a mail writing about her experience of what she felt being a part of the Neralu tree festival. I wanted to put her words out to the world and what a person who is not into nature related activities or part of such awareness program felt about the whole event. So over to Nidhi who wrote this beautiful little blog and also clicked the below set of pictures during the festival. 
-Shiv
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Neralu was a festival to celebrate trees and their importance in our lives. A small group of people came up with this concept of Neralu and lot more people volunteered to join and bring it to life. Everyone was putting in effort in their own small way to educate the so called educated society and make them aware of how we are destroying nature and in turn our own selves. I call it the so called educated society because this is not something they don’t know about but they need to be reminded to work for it. It high time we all realize that all of us have to make an effort to save the trees and environment.The thing I liked most abut Neralu was that it did not target any particular age group. It was for kids and elders alike. Events during the festival were such that everyone could participate. Story telling for kids, street plays, talks, documentary screening, tree walks, Interactive activities are just to name a few.
I have attended such events in past  but for the first time was a part of it. This gave me an opportunity to closely talk to the people behind the event, the organisers and the volunteers. Though a minor part of this big event I got to learn a lot more than just about trees there.It gave me the feel of what it actually means to work for a cause. being a software engineer I spend most of my time in front of a computer. Whatever was being told about the trees in this event was not completely new to me. I have forwarded loads of mails, shared posts on facebook, seen tweets and read articles with similar contents. But this event taught me the difference between sitting in your comfortable zone reading articles and going out and working for that cause. How many of us sitting in these tall AC buildings actually make an effort to do so. I even know people who feel going to events like Neralu is a waste of time and prefer going to a mall shopping and watching movie. Then they sit in their home and crib about global warming, trees being cut and government not taking any action.
But the question here should be ‘ARE WE TAKING ANY ACTION?’
Neralu, no doubt, was a great festival but we all need to join together to make it an even bigger success by achieving what it is meant to achieve and that is not just spreading awareness but putting that awareness to action to bring that change.
-Nidhi Pawar
Below is a short video that we did as a part of the 2 day activity. A big thanks to Adarsh, Nidhi, Vinayak, Radha, Niranj, Priya, Amit for the support during the shoot and most importantly all the organisers of Neralu Tree Festival especially Anush and Sangeeta for giving us an opportunity to be a part of this lovely festival.

 

Some photos from the event.

Bhoomi Thayi Balaga performing at Neralu Tree Festival

Bhoomi Thayi Balaga performing at Neralu Tree Festival

All set for a jig-saw puzzle

All set for a jig-saw puzzle

Open mic session in progress at the activity area

Open mic session in progress at the activity area

Art work created using twigs, leaves, seeds at the venue

Art work created using twigs, leaves, seeds at the venue

Volunteers keeping kids entertained

Volunteers keeping kids entertained

Visitors trying their luck at solving puzzles

Visitors trying their luck at solving puzzles

Activity area in Bal bhavan decked up as carnival

Activity area in Bal bhavan decked up as carnival

Neralu - a new ray of hope

Neralu – a new ray of hope

Kids participating in art work

Kids participating in art work

Hug a tree campaign

Hug a tree campaign

Performance during the 2 day festival

Performance during the 2 day festival

Performance during the 2 day festival

Performance during the 2 day festival

Art work made from leaves, seeds, twigs and threads

Art work made from leaves, seeds, twigs and threads

Story telling session for kids

Story telling session for kids

DreamScope team performing a street play

DreamScope team performing a street play

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Wise or Otherwise

NeraluTreeFestival

When you are born, you are crying and all people around you are smiling

Live life such that

When you die, you are smiling and all people around you are crying.

For those who havent seen the other side of JourneyThroughNature, please do visit AquaVision which is my dance music photography portfolio.

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Wishing you all a new light

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Wishing you all a very happy Sankranti – Lohri – Pongal – Bihu

Sankranti marks the beginning of the journey of the sun into the new constellation (makara/Capricorn) and there by also giving us the first most auspicious day to start the year with all positive energy & vibe.

Herr is me wishing you all a prosperous and successful 2014.

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