Forests – Gift taken for granted

Wishing everyone a very happy “World Forestry Day”

Forests are not just resources for humans to carry out economic activities but they are environmental hotspot sheltering a plethora of diverse flora and fauna. Every forest has it’s own eco-systems in place. Some are very special, thanks to unique topography and/or flora/fauna diversity. India has 23.39% of its land covered in forest. Though below expected level yet it is rich in biodiversity. For example, The Himalayan range and Western ghats house the highest density of flora and fauna in globe after Amazon rain forest.

Today I have a special reason  to write a photo blog on forests and it’s denizens. This is a blog to create awareness about different things one can experience/see in the forest. I have a humble belief, we the urban denizen, who live in concrete jungles, who walk on foot paths running along tar and cemented roads, who know Zebra (crossing) only because we see it on roads, need to be brought closer to forests. Most of us don’t know how it feels to be wild and free. We are so lost and invested in our technological evolution that we have somewhere lost our touch with nature. I am sharing my images in hope that I will be able to take you closer to the experience of forest.

 

Sal forest of Kanha Tiger reserve is known for an endemic species of deer – Hard grounded swamp deer. Also known as Barasingha.

 

Male Barasingha in mood to impress the females of his harem.

 

Teak, bamboo along with other mixed forest is a unique feature of Tadoba buffer. It is dry deciduous forest and ideal habitat for tiger and its prey

 

The year round pristine green patch around Tadoba lake is a unique habitat not just for tigers but also for other mammals

 

This image was captured at Dhikala Zone of Jim Corbett National Park.
It is located in Terai Region of norther India. It is considered as one of the most fertile habitat in the world making it one of the top hotspots in India.

 

The flying Black Buck shot in the backdrop of Sal Forest. This is the species reintroduced in Kanha Tiger Reserve. It is a species that dwells in open grass lands.

 

The marshy meadows along the relocated Jamini village in Tadoba Tiger Reserve is now a nourishing habitat for all species of flora and fauna.

 

The road to heaven. Dhikala grassland along the backwaters of Ramganga River provide nutrition to unique species of mammals – elephants and hog deers.

 

Another unique feature of Jim Corbett National Park is the dense forest of Sal along the foothills of Himalayas

 

This place in Ranthambore Tiger Reserve was once the hunting grounds of the kings. Now reclaimed by nature it is now a ideal habitat of tigers and other wild animals

 

 

The Nullah and narrow ravines is an essentials part of forest. This is where the life line of forest, flowing rivers. 

 

The forest need hundred’s of years to grow and form the strong roots. Once in place they ensure sustenance of every life form.

 

Water is an integral part of forests. May it be meadows & open grass lands, dense forest or mixed grassland. Water is the driving force.

 

Water is key to life and tigers love water. No surprise I have seen tigers in water almost every time in all seasons.

 

Female sambar deer feeding on weed from pond.

 

Water is also place where animals would prefer to stay in last moments.

 

This is a scene from Borivali national park of Mumbai on weekend morning . Who will believe leopards are just around the corner. We need to give them space and resist entering their space.

 

They need space of their own. They all avoid humans. Shoudn’t we give them space by protecting forests?

In wilderness I sense the miracle of life where every living being is in coherence with each other, co-exists and plays it’s vital role in chain of life in forest. However, its we who have lost track of it in our scientific temper and accomplishments. Forest is gift to us given by our ancestor and a gift we have borrowed from our next generations. The wild spirit has a strong belief that we should realize this gift and inculcate these values in the newer generations, if we humans need to co-exist before going extinct. Lets not take this gift for granted, we don’t own it, we need to protect our natural heritage. The forests!

Comments

Sonal Nagle
March 21, 2020 at 10:00 pm

Nice wilderness



kanveloso
March 22, 2020 at 1:04 am

Amazing photos! Yes, we need to protect our forests if we want to continue living on this earth. I hope we all take action before it’s way too late.



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