“Taking pictures is like tiptoeing into the kitchen late at night and stealing Oreo cookies.” - Diane Arbus

We have heard that ants can lift more than 50 times their body-weight - that's like any of us lifting about 3000 kgs or so. The Dung Beetle, apparently, takes this to a different level - they can lift 1000 times their body weight.

The blog has a video as well - samyukth.com/2019/09/11/a-weig

Won't lie, I do dip into birdsite. But the first port of call is the Pachyderm.

Have deleted my twitter profile. May go back, may not.

'Ever Tried. Ever Failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.' - Samuel Beckett

Undecided if I would classify this, an attempt at trying to create an illusion of motion, as a .

Read my blogpost at samyukth.com/2019/11/17/creati to learn how to try this.

"Photography, as we all know, is not real at all. It is an illusion of reality with which we create our own private world." - Arnold Newman

RT @wonderofscience@twitter.com
Incredible demonstration of hover control and head stabilization from a kestrel surfing the breeze along the top of South Stack Cliffs, Wales, captured by @ZedAnthony@twitter.com

“If your photos aren't good enough, then you're not close enough” – Robert Capa.

While this is true for street & portrait , sometime it holds true even for photography. And this is one image that shows that there is a payoff for patience and letting the subject come closer towards you. Read samyukth.com/2019/10/11/anothe for more on this image and the Tibetan Sandgrouse, clicked near Pangong Tso in , .

"Borders I have never seen one. But I have heard they exist in the minds of some people." - Thor Heyerdahl

I clicked this one in Jaisalmer recently - it is an image of a Brilliant Ground Agama (Trapelus agilis). I learnt later that this individual belongs to the race pakistanensis. Clearly, lines in the sand like borders don't exist for him.

For the full blogpost - samyukth.com/2019/08/27/whats-

One of the pleasures of waking up before sun-rise in the mountain-forests of the is listening to the sounds of birds wafting through the crisp air.

One of the prominent ones is that of the Blue Whistling Thrush - its’ rambling-melodic whistling song usually starts about 25-40 minutes before actual sunrise.

Obviously, bird-songs need to be heard and not read. Click on wp.me/p3TIlx-ve where I have embedded an audio file.

@sharadaramanathan Nice, but, not a limerick. A limerick follows an aabba rhhyme pattern and always has 5 lines. E.g.:

Twitter now is full of bile
And Facebook posts are vile
But Mastodon is new
Created for me and you
Ahead of others by a mile!


Some sunsets stay etched in your mind forever...

at Tampa Bay, Florida...

“You don’t take a photograph. You ask quietly to borrow it.”

And sometimes one does have to think outside the box, literally. This is one such image. The tree with the flock of Grandala was way to big to capture in one frame. So I went with a composite of 16 frames to make this image. This is one that is better seen on a large screen.

Read the blogpost at samyukth.com/2019/04/10/a-gran to learn how to make such composite images.

“To me, photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place… I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.”
— Elliott Erwitt

There are a few things that impact the way to see them and one of these lesser known influences is the foreground. Consider how it affects your image the next time you are out with a camera.


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