We are regular visitors to Ganeshgudi, a small village in Dandeli Forests in Karnataka. Our favourite resort here is Old Magazine House run by junglelodges.com. If you love watching birds then this is the place to be. The naturalist here has created bird baths within the campus which attracts forest birds of various species. Recently we visited this place with our friends Renu and Dimpy in third week of February 2020.
Sharing few photos taken during the visit. All pictures were shot with Olympus OMD EM1 MK 2 with 300 mm f4 lens + MC14 tele extender.Enjoy.
It’s fun to watch these creatures playing around. There call sounds like machine gun fire.
This bird is the star of Western Ghats, Often referred to as tiger within birds.
Few words of Caution. Old Magazine House is a unique place where you can do arm chair birding. Do not expect the same in other birding hot spots. Have Fun !!!
Bhigwan has been my most visited destination since last few years for birding. Come November and migratory birds arrive here in thousands. There are two villages neat Bhigwan which you can visit for bird watching namely Diksal and Kumbhargaon. There are boats avaiable here for hire. Kumbhargaon is more organised commercially however I prefer Diksal which is more suited for birding.
You can expect to spot Flamingos, Northern Shovellers, Ruddy Shellducks, Spotbill Ducks, Godwits, Sandpipers, Grey Heron, purple Heron, Ibis, Osprey, Marsh Harrier, Sea Gulls, River Terns, Great Egrets and Pintail Ducks here. Occasionally you may be able to spot Barheaded Geese too.
Sharing few snaps taken during our recent visit (14 Jan 2020).
A very good thing about US Cities is that almost each one of them has a botanic garden which bring its citizens close to nature. Taxpayers money well spent. Recently we visited the Atlanta Botanic Garden and were awed by its beauty and green sculptures created by using plants and ferns. While here do keep your eyes open for frogs, butterflies and dragon flies. Sharing few photos taken during our visit.
Here you get to see many sculptures made using plants and ferns, a unique idea indeed.
A great place to snap family and friends photos.
While here you have great opportunity to get close and photograph nature. Be on a look out for bees, frogs and dragon flies.
The saying goes “There are only three cities in USA, New
York, SanFransisco and New Orleans rest are Cleveland”. This prompted us to
make a visit to New Orleans having seen the rest earlier.
We were on a visit to Houston in September 2019 and my brother Ratan Bhagat obliged by taking us on a road trip to this lovely town.
New Orleans has a multi cultural history which combines the
shades of French, Spanish, Italians, Germans and more…
The heart and soul of this unique city are the French Quarters. This place has some unique old age architecture well preserved to date. Most of the buildings here are decorated with Wrought Iron Filigree work which gives the place its unique charm.
While here do walk the streets of French Quarters to enjoy its
There is more here then just French Quarters. This place is famous
for its night life. As the sun sets get on to the Bourban Street to enjoy it’s
night life, every night is party time here. Sharing few photos of my
The streets remain agog with curio and gift shops selling some funky stuff celebrating Voodoo and the dead.
This place is musically inclined, Jazz being predominant.You can hear many bands performing on the streets.
If you are into street photography then this place has a lot
To get around use the street cars, hire a bike, ride a
rickshaw or horse carriage or even get onto a skate board.
Do not forget to take a walk along the river front in the
evening. If you have time do go for the sunset river cruise.
Do make a visit to the Jackson Square to view the magnificent
St. Louis Church.
Another place you may consider visiting while here is the
Garden District. You can view some historic cottages here. While here you may
also consider making a visit to the historic Lafayette Cemetery. The dead here
are buried overground due to the water table being very high.
While in New Orleans you may also consider visiting one of the plantations here which tell tales of the cotton kings of yester years and their slaves.
Self, Jo, Ratan and Nimmo at Destrehan Manor House.
Your trip here cannot be considered complete till you visit the famous Café Du Monde and indulge in the delicious Benigits and coffee served here. A visit here also provides opportunity for some candid people photography.
May be someday we will visit again for few more street shots.