Lock the Frost!

The frost locked the lock of ‘friendship’; reminds me of a quote…

“You can’t get too much winter in the winter.” – Robert Frost

Posted in SundayStills and Weekly Photo Challenge

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Leopard …in my backyard!

…not really! 🙂 It was just a warm welcome… this is what I usually get, when i’m out there.

Nat Geo: Leopards are graceful and powerful big cats closely related to lions, tigers, and jaguars. They live in sub-Saharan Africa, northeast Africa, Central Asia, India, and China. However, many of their populations are endangered, especially outside of Africa.

The leopard is so strong and comfortable in trees that it often hauls its kills into the branches. By dragging the bodies of large animals aloft it hopes to keep them safe from scavengers such as hyenas. Leopards can also hunt from trees, where their spotted coats allow them to blend with the leaves until they spring with a deadly pounce. These nocturnal predators also stalk antelope, deer, and pigs by stealthy movements in the tall grass. When human settlements are present, leopards often attack dogs and, occasionally, people.

Leopards are strong swimmers and very much at home in the water, where they sometimes eat fish or crabs.

Female leopards can give birth at any time of the year. They usually have two grayish cubs with barely visible spots. The mother hides her cubs and moves them from one safe location to the next until they are old enough to begin playing and learning to hunt. Cubs live with their mothers for about two years—otherwise, leopards are solitary animals.

Most leopards are light colored with distinctive dark spots that are called rosettes, because they resemble the shape of a rose. Black leopards, which appear to be almost solid in color because their spots are hard to distinguish, are commonly called black panthers.

Harley Iron 883

The Harley Iron 883™ model is the anti-chrome motorcycle—decked in black from front to back with a defiant attitude that embraces the pure essence of riding. This Black powder-coated 883 was a treat for the eyes and when the engine started, it filled my heart with joy :D.

Posted in Sunday Stills 🙂

Great-billed Heron… taking off!!!

Great Billed heron

It was a great morning, friends and their families altogether at the break water.. we all had a wonderful time. We photo buddies found some interesting subjects in there; and this is what I found.

Great-billed-heron-taking-off

About the subject: The Great-billed Heron is a wading bird of the heron family, Ardeidae, resident from southeast Asia to Papua New Guinea and Australia. Its habitats are largely coastal such as islands, coral reefs, mangroves, large rivers.

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White Tiger

White tiger

When I thought about this post (in Sunday Stills) and decided on this photograph of White tiger, I did some research. As per my understanding, white tigers where a different species and a very rare natural one. I found the facts about White tigers quite interesting and worth sharing.

White tigers are a pigmentation variant of Bengal Tiger, caused by a double recessive gene occurring so rarely in nature.
Only one out of every 10,000 Bengal tigers has the chance of being a natural White tiger.

Most of the White tigers we see in the zoos are the results of inbreeding and cross-breeding, which is considered as more weighed on economical value than conservation-al ethics. By saying that,I must add that so much abuse of the animal is involved in producing them.
Inbreeding – breeding siblings with each other or parents with children causes a multitude of health defects; Of those surviving, most have such profound birth defects such as immune deficiency, scoliosis of the spine (distorted spine), cleft palates, mental impairments and grotesquely crossed eyes that bulge from their skull that only a small percentage are suitable for display. Due to these birth defects the white tigers often die an early death.

White tigers are one of the rare cats in the wild probably due to its lack of camouflaging ability. They survive mostly in captivity. But the conservation of White tigers in Zoos are of 20% conservation and 80% monetary. They are inbred to generate more revenue rather than pure conservation ethics.

The abuse and cruelty involved in producing and disposing the white tigers, in order to fill the public desire to see white tigers on display is – Barbaric!! and the numbers are – Staggering!!

White tigers are definitely rare and I would like to see it stay rare rather than just sickly everywhere, as a result of such cruelty and in-human attitude towards animals.

More informations can be found here – Big Cat Rescue; Wikipedia; Deccan ChronicleAnimal Time; Advocacy Britannica

Hi5 for Sunday Stills

ED & Linda,

I dedicate this post to you both and the happy bunch of Sunday Still’ers .

I learned a lot from Sunday Stills. I joined you guys on 3rd May 2009 and I pulled many of my friends into this group and I know they enjoyed it the same way I did. 🙂 It’s been a great journey so far with SS; even though my personal responsibilities pushed me away from blogging a little bit once in a while. I still hold on to SS with all my intensity n love for the group and would love to contribute much more in the coming years.

I’m posting my entry for Pets & Night shot at this special occasion.

Hi5 for the Fifth Anniversary of Sunday Stills 🙂 I wish all our old blog buddies join us in this special occasion.

Chameleon

Star-Gazer