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This Week in Pictures: With the Monsoon in the Wilds

This week we take you through a series of visuals from the monsoon which is slowly beginning it’s retreat. We bring you some images from both Ranthambhore and Jawai, of the landscapes and it’s denizens in both these wildernesses, while the famous Indian monsoon delivers it’s bounties to their doorsteps.

 

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The slightest drizzles turn Ranthambhore’s forests into emerald hued landscapes. Although Ranthambhore has not seen as strong a monsoon as neighbouring areas, the parks water-bodies are full and the tigers have cover aplenty. This image of a young tiger represents what sightings are like immediately as the Park reopens in October, post a freshly flushed monsoon. From the SUJÁN Archives.
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The monsoons are a great time for raptors such as this female shikra hawk, who will feed on the teeming abundance of insect life which the rains bring. The dense foliage gives these formidable predators of the sky plenty of cover to conceal themselves, before they strike. From the SUJÁN Archives.


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Baya weaver bird’s nests have sprung up within camp and outside. Using fresh, moist, mouldable grasses to literally weave their homesteads, the weaver birds prepare for their hatchlings, just born. This is a perfect time for the young ones who will benefit from the profusion of food available all around. From the SUJÁN Archives.
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The monsoon verdure provides a veritable larder, awash with saplings and undergrowth for species such as spotted deer, in the Ranthambhore forests. To look at it nowadays, one can scarcely believe this is a dry deciduous, dry thorn forest. Photograph by Anjali Singh.


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Grey skies form a panoramic background to the Jawai Hills and a lone Rabari gazes over the land he treads with his herds. The greys will soon disappear giving way to the bright, blue skies of a Jawai winter. Photograph by Vedant Thite.
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The Jawai region, cradled by the Kumbhalgarh Hills in the east and the arid plains of Marwar in the west has seen a lot of rainfall this monsoon. The excessive rain has meant a boon for our rewilding projects which have been turning farmland back to wildernesses. In turn, this has led to a profusion of lesser seen species in these parts, but more about them in another story! For now we are enjoying the terrain which has changed colour right before our eyes. From the SUJÁN Archives.


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In Jawai, the breezes carry the scent of rain through the air long before the downpour arrives. Bisalpur Hill, wrapped in cloud as visible from our dining tent only yesterday, stand tall over the surrounding countryside. It’s slopes help to channel the dispersal of rainwater to the base, ultimately filling up the sand-rivers and streams which zig-zag around granite azimuths such as this one. From the SUJÁN Archives.
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A young leopard peers out from one of the countless fissures in the rock face at Jawai. Many of these fissures act as corridors leading to caverns and dens which provide excellent cover and hiding for predators such as leopard. Unlike tigers, leopards are not terribly fond of water or rain and will ‘go underground’ to wait out the rains lashing outside. Here, this young sub-adult looks on as an ostentation of peafowl frolic around him following a shower. Photograph by Yusuf Ansari.

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