Author: Katya Ignatiev
The morning sun is about to hit the hills of Jawai with a beautiful pink, golden light. Morning dew mists the jungle floors giving an eerie feel, that out there, somewhere amongst the bushes and boulders lies a mystical creature. She might be able to see us, she’s probably watching but we are in doubt of her whereabouts. As we trudge along the dirt track in our jeep we come across a fresh set of prints. How do we go about analysing and finding clues that’ll lead us to where this leopard is residing?
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Living in the bush gives you a lot of time to wonder and ponder on your work, life and the world in general! It was one of those busy days with a FULL CAMP on the new years week that we had an Eureka moment.
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“We simply need that wild country available to us, even if we never do more than drive to its edge and look in. For it can be a means of reassuring ourselves of our sanity as creatures, a part of the geography of hope.”
– Wallace Stegner, 1980
Read More In Jawai, Where the Hills have Names…
Bisalpur Hill, close to our camp JAWAI resembles a steep mountain in the lower Himalayas and has been the home to many Hindu priests and wild animals over the centuries. The ancient Ashapura Mata Ji Temple which is situated half way up the hill, overlooks and is believed to guard the entire Bisalpur Village that lies beneath it. Many pilgrims from all over the country come and pay their regards to the mother goddess at this auspicious temple. On the other side of the hill you are met with stunning views over the agricultural fields & rural farmland below, interspersed with the faint sound of the water being pumped from the irrigation wells. The daily routine of a small rustic village can be witnessed close by. Read More Oh Lakkad Bagga! The Striped Hyena
By any standard, my sighting log of six drives in Ranthambhore is impressive: 14 sightings of 10 different Tigers, a Leopard, a Sloth Bear, 5 Hyena, a host of raptors, and other birdlife. And, an amazing croc fight. Sharing most of this wonderful run with me was Dr. Latika Rana from Singinawa in Kahna, who is also blogging about her experience. Here is a small selection of my photographs that I think are representative of this sojourn at Sher Bagh, Ranthambhore. Read More A Superb Experience of a Ranthambhore Safari