The death ritual of elephants is profound. Elephant herds spend days next to the deceased, touching, feeling, gently kicking and even crying over the lost member of their family. They are known to be gently investigating the bones with their trunks and feet as though they are paying homage to the departed, all that while remaining sombre!!! Even completely unrelated elephants stop over a dead elephant’s carcasses or bones to religiously observe/ analyze before they continue on their journey.
Elephants have one of the biggest brains among the living beings. A brain that’s so complex, it gives the elephant the ability to Think! A skull that can protect such a piece of evolutionary masterpiece is the greatest Armor of Wisdom!
This particular elephant was hunted down by 2 Tigers in Mudumalai Tiger Reserve.
Image made in January, 2015.
The Silent Watchers
Most of the time, people who have no voice over matters are the ones that usually posses most knowledge about the jungle and its denizens. An hour long conversation with these boatmen of Parambikulam Tiger Reserve left us in awe! With just a humble salary to run the family and a menial task of rowing a boat from point A to point B, the knowledge they possessed over forests, from Tiger Reserve franchises to Conservation ideas, Public Private Partnerships in restoring forest fringes to regulating wildlife tourism and sustaining indigenous groups of forest dwellers, their acumen and dedication towards contributing to Wildlife and Nature was immense.
It’s experiences like these that enriches the life of a photographer! Happy World Photography Day to all my fellow photographers who have inspired me and contributed to my journey.