Raven-Lore

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Raven-lore

“People once believed that when someone dies, a crow carries their soul to the land of the dead. But sometimes, something so bad happens that a terrible sadness is carried with it and the soul can’t rest. Then sometimes, just sometimes, the crow can bring that soul back to put the wrong things right.”-The Crow by James O’Barr

Raven and crows have been used throughout the world in literature and religion for years to signify various roles like messenger, deity and most commonly a harbinger of Death and Evil.

From Edgar Allen Poe’s poem the Raven(Nevermore) to Alfred HItchcock’s Movie Birds-Crows attacking students, from Native American Belief of them being soul carrier to heaven and hell to crows as Jokesters.

May them be messenger of death, or eating flesh of a dead carcass, they are certainly interesting creatures and maybe that is why they have always been attracted to by People across the world and time.

The Photograph was taken on 8th January in a park near my home, the fog adds a little blur to the pic making it more interesting. Shot using canon EOS 1200D.

Have a good Day Ahead. Dream ON!

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Tilt Shift- The Ridge, Shimla

After a lot of time, another one of my tilt shift photography collection, The Ridge is situated in the heart of the city Shimla, which was once the winter capitol of British India.

The Ridge is the hub of all cultural activities of Shimla. It is situated along the Mall Road, which is the famous shopping center of Shimla. When winter sets in and when the country had its first major snowfall of the year, most news papers printed photos of the ridge submerged in clumps of fresh snow.

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The Ridge, Shimla

Every Evening the place crowds to become the center of the town and people sit and move around in huge numbers while basking in warm setting sun.

Miniature faking, also known as diorama effect or diorama illusion or tilt shift, is a process in which a photograph of a life-size location or object is made to look like a photograph of a miniature scale model.

Taken 2 years back in my visit to the magnificent city.

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Flying Painted Storks

 

The painted stork (Mycteria leucocephala) is a large wading bird in the stork family. It is found in the wetlands of the plains of tropical Asia south of the Himalayas in the Indian Subcontinent and extending into Southeast Asia. Their distinctive pink tertial feathers give them their name. They forage in flocks in shallow waters along rivers or lakes.

Flying-Stork

 

The painted stork is widely distributed over the plains of Asia. They are found south of the Himalayan ranges and are bounded on the west by the Indus River system where they are rare and extend eastwards into Southeast Asia. They are absent from very dry or desert regions, dense forests and the higher hill regions. They are rare in most of Kerala and the species appears to have expanded into that region only in the 1990s. They are mainly seen on freshwater wetlands although they sometimes forage on the coast. They are resident in most regions but make seasonal movements. Young birds may disperse far from their breeding sites and a juvenile ringed at a nest in Keoladeo National Park was recovered 800 kilometres away in eastern India.

 

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The Backwing pattern clearly visible

Like all storks, they fly with their neck outstretched. They often make use of the late morning thermals to soar in search of foraging areas.

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the best of all

This Photograph has an interesting story, while i was panning the camera with the bird to capture it, suddenly the bird crossed the sun and i pressed the shutter at autofocus, so it focussed on the sun and the sun got imprinted on my eyes, i had a bright spot in my vision for hours later.

Set your life on fire. Seek those who fan your flames- Rumi

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Painted storks feed in groups in shallow wetlands. The preferred depth is about 12 to 25 cm of water and deeper waters are avoided. They feed mainly on small fish which they sense by touch while slowly sweeping their half open bill from side to side while it held submerged. They walk slowly and also disturb the water with their feet to flush fish.

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 All pictures are taken from Canon 1200D, at Delhi Zoological Park.

PS Sorry for not updating for a week, i was busy due to some other projects and my movie blog. Will be updating frequently now. And as always DReam ON!

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Little egret

The little egret (Egretta garzetta) is a small white heron with attractive white plumes on crest, back and chest, black legs and bill and yellow feet.

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The Little Egret is found mainly in coastal and inland areas of northern, eastern and south-eastern Australia. It is common on the north, uncommon in the south, and only a winter visitor to Tasmania. Little Egrets are also found widely in Africa, Europe, Asia and New Guinea.

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The Little Egret feeds on a wide variety of invertebrates, as well as fish and amphibians. The Little Egret hunts in shallow water by shuffling a foot to stir up aquatic prey, which it then takes in a lightning-fast movement. It also chases small fish with its wings raised.

The following pic shows a close up

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Pigeon over the Well

In the age old Heritage site of Qutub Minar, In New Delhi, lies a well. Inside the well many pigeons have nested and they live there peacefully. They fly through the bars which are made so that no person can enter.

NO PERSON….

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White Feather Red Eyes

The rock pigeon is the world’s oldest domesticated bird. Mesopotamiancuneiform tablets mention the domestication of pigeons more than 5,000 years ago, as do Egyptian hieroglyphics.-WikiPedia

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Rock Pigeon

Pigeons have made contributions of considerable importance to humanity, especially in times of war. In war the homing ability of pigeons has been put to use by making them messengers.

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He Looks on..

Many domestic birds have escaped or been released over the years, and have given rise to the feral pigeon. These show a variety of plumages, although some look very like the pure rock pigeons. The scarcity of the pure wild species is partly due to interbreeding with feral birds.-WikiPedia

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For Your Eyes Only

 Many birds have double eyelids, one upper and the other lower unlike we humans. Some of them also have a transparent or translucent third eyelid called Nictitating Membrane which they use for cleaning their eyes and its protection.

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CB&W: The Wall left behind

Old Delhi- A medieval city which once had its glory and visual splendor, Once the Capitol of Mughal Empire and the residing place of The Great Emperor Shahjahan who later created  a Wonder of the world namely Taj Mahal. Shah Jahan made this city as a walled city with few meters tall wall seperating the capitol of Delhi from the rest of the Empire.

“It was once filled with mansions of nobles and members of the royal court, along with elegant mosques and gardens. Today, despite having become extremely crowded and dilapidated, it still serves as the symbolic heart of metropolitan Delhi.”-WikiPedia

When I shifted from my old home to my new home seven or eight years back I got very confused, because when I looked around some stores wrote this place as Delhi and others as New Delhi .

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Old Wall surrounding Delhi


This wall is the reason for this confusion just 100 or 200 meters from my home.

Neglected behind a police station running parallel to parked cars, situated is the remains of a huge wall which once used to guard Delhi from the outer world. This wall is the remaining part of that kilometers long wall of “walled city” and this wall is behind this dilemma , because I live almost at the edge or the border of old and new Delhi ,i can write both ways, but I proudly write it as Delhi-02 because it’s my Delhi My pride, and its this historical importance and heritage that makes this city a better one.

This Post is my submission for the weekly Cee’s Black & White Challenge.

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