Every drive at JAWAI is an exploration into the wilderness of rural India. Every outing, whether it be on foot, or in car, is a journey for the senses. There is just so much at play here and one can not help but find yourself staring out at the landscape, the people, the birds, the animals and the colour. In a landscape with rocks believed to be over 850 million years old is truly astounding to be able to enjoy the beauty with which they provide us today. We are privileged. It is remarkable. Take a minute to scroll through just some of the images from the last few days at JAWAI Leopard Camp…
Colin Souness, our resident geologist, takes the staff out for an exploration of one of the hills near to camp. We continue to conduct our daily interactive discussion sessions amongst staff as a way to share knowledge and spark debate.
Hop out the car and take a walk on the wild side…
An Indian Rock Python silently moves across the road at night.
A sub-adult male leopard gazes up into a tree. In the shadows of the tree his brother sleeps contently sprawled out across a branch. The granite backgrounds are what makes photographing leopards at JAWAI so special.
The sunsets over JAWAI are incredible. Every hill offers magnificent views over the landscape below.
No week in pictures at JAWAI could be complete without the iconic face of a local Rabari herdsman.
Can you spot the leopard in this picture?
The essence of a leopard is one of secrecy. Out of nowhere this large male leopard snuck into view, commanding respect and delivering power… in one effortless leap he disappeared into a memory.
The morning rays throw delightful light onto the side of a granite hill. With coffee in one hand and binoculars in the other we scan the rocks for signs of movement.
Whilst out exploring rocks, Colin found an overhang with fresh porcupine droppings. He went back and carefully placed a camera trap. That night we managed to get some wonderful shots of this Indian Crested Porcupine.
Now for something I’m sure you did not knowb&the Indian Star Tortoise has a shell shape that is specially adapted to naturally assist it to return to a stable stance after it has been turned over. Scientists from Princeton University conducted experiments and worked out that if you turn the Indian Star Tortoise on it’s back it is always able to effortlessly right itself.
Narayan Singh, one of our drivers, managed to capture this wonderful moment of two sub-adult male leopards at rest.
Another day comes to an end at JAWAI Leopard Camp…
Photographed and written by Adam Bannister