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Wild Dog Pench Park
Made by Vinod Sohanlal
The Dhole (Cuon alpinus) is a species of wild dog of the Canidae family. It is also known as the Asiatic Wild Dog; lesser known names include the Indian Wild Dog, the Red Dog, the Asiatic Dog, and the Whistling Hunter (due to the whistling sound it can make). The dhole is, generally, most active in the early morning and evening, and sometimes at night. The dhole can live to 16 years in captivity, though 10 is common in the wild. The dhole exploits a large variety of habitats, reflecting its adaptability. It normally inhabits dry and moist deciduous forests and thick jungles, as well as tropical rain forests, which all provide better cover for hunting. It inhabits areas of primary, secondary, degraded, evergreen, and semi-evergreen forms of vegetation, and dry thorn forests, as well as scrub-forest mosaics. Dholes like open spaces and during the day they can often be found on jungle roads and paths, river beds, and in jungle clearings. Factors which influence habitat include water, the presence of other large predators (competition), sufficient prey (plentiful medium to large ungulate prey species), local human population, and suitable breeding sites. The dhole is about the size of a collie, and is similar to the dingo and golden jackal. Its coat is usually a uniformly rusty red hue, but varies regionally from sandy, creamy yellow through red and brown to dark gray. Sometimes it is grizzled. Generally, the dhole has a black-tipped – though sometimes white or brown or gray - moderately bushy tail, a darker area on its back, and white or pale patches on its chest, paws and belly. Its large ears (about half the length of the face) are rounded with white on the inside, its legs are short, and its eyes are slightly hooded and have amber irises. The dhole has sixteen teats, reflecting its ability to care for many young. This is more teats than most other dogs. It has four toes on each paw, with fur between the toes, which are red, brown, and/or white. The fore-toe pads are hairless, and are joined at the base near the main pad, unlike most domestic dogs. The jaw is thick, blunt, relatively short, slightly convex in profile, and squarish. The dhole is an omnivore. Its prey are usually deer (like spotted deer, chital, and sambar, which is over twenty times a dog’s weight), but also wild boar, red muntjac deer, wild goats, wild sheep, nilgai, mountain sheep, water buffalo, hares (like the Black-naped Hare), caribou, reindeer, gaur and sometimes monkeys. . Dholes prefer prey between 31kg and 175kg in weight. Also, the dhole may consume wild berries, insects, rodents, East Asian porcupine, and lizards. In India, the dhole’s favorite prey animal is the medium-sized axis deer. Occasionally they consume grasses and other plants, though this may serve an anti-helminthic function rather than a nutritional one. They are said to feed on the fallen fruit of black wood and bael trees. Although the dhole is not a fast runner, it has great stamina, and will pursue prey for hours, though not always to exhaustion. Most chases are less than a few hundred metres in length. As it is an excellent swimmer, it will often drive its prey into water, surrounding the animal and swimming out in teams to perform the capture. The dhole is capable of killing prey ten times its own size, and will defend kills very violently. Packs have been observed to attack tigers in disputes over food. The dhole is mainly a crepuscular forager. During hunts, some dholes may lie in ambush, while others drive prey in their direction. Sometimes several families unite in order to hunt larger animals. The dhole seldom kills by tearing out the throat. Larger mammals are attacked from behind and swiftly disemboweled, and smaller ones are caught by any part of the body and killed by a quick blow to the head. Often, a dhole pack will start on prey before it is even dead, like the African Hunting Dog does. The larger prey (which require a coordinated attack, frequently resulting in a “lead hunt dog” emerging by taking a prominent role in disabling the prey). Two or three dholes can bring down a 50 kg (110 lb) deer in less than two minutes, and individuals can hold 3kg in their stomachs, allowing meat to be transported. After meals (during which a couple of dholes act as look-outs, wary for leopards and tigers who could kill them or steal their kill, and humans also), they race to a water site, and sometimes, if the water is near their kill, dholes will leave their food for a small drink of water. Pups are born throughout the end of fall, winter, and the first spring months (November - March ) - dens are earthern burrowns, or are constructed amongst rocks and boulder structures, in rocky caverns, or close to streambeds. After a gestation period of around 60-62 days, females usually give birth to about eight pups (though the range is 5-10, the record is 12, and sizes vary drastically within the same pack through different years), which weigh 200-350g. At three months litters go on hunts, though the pack may not be fully mobile until eight months. Young reach sexual maturity at about a year, and full adult size at 15 months. The dhole is a highly sociable and cooperative animal, like the timber wolf, the Amazonian bush dog, and the African hunting dog. Generally it lives in organized, extended-family packs of five to twelve individuals (this number rarely exceeds twenty five), with more males, sometimes twice as many more, than females, and usually just one breeding female. Sometimes pack-members interact with other dholes outside of their own group; these interactions may be positive or hostile (home ranges are often quite separate). Group size and composition may vary under different environmental conditions. Large packs of over forty dholes have been sighted, possibly resulting from the temporary fusion of neighboring packs. Older dholes of around 7-8 years sometimes vanish from the group. Within dhole packs, there is almost never any aggression – there is a strict social hierarchy, so fighting is not needed - or bullying, save for play-fighting among cubs. Each pack contains a dominant monogamous pair, who are usually the sole breeders. Pack members play together regularly, allo-grooming, mock-fighting, and rolling around. Social rank is reinforced by shoving and holding, rarely by biting. Dispersal is female-biased. Dholes are fond of water. They have been spotted sitting in shallow pools of water regardless of the temperature. Like domestic dogs, dholes wag their tails. The dhole can leap to at least 2.3 meters (7.5 feet). The dhole has some extraordinary vocal calls. It can make high-pitched screams, mew, hiss, squeak, yelp, chatter, and cluck like a chicken. Growl-barks and other noises alert pack-mates to danger; the large range of calls like these may have evolved to warn companions of different dangers - human, tiger, etc. Calls also act as threats to scare off enemies. Its best-known sound is its strange whistle, likened by early naturalists to the sound obtained when air is blown over an empty cartridge. These calls are used for contact within the pack. The repetitive whistles are so distinct that individual dholes can be identified by it, and the source is easily located. Whistles travel well at ground level due to their frequency and structure. It is estimated that 2,500 mature individuals remain in the wild (mainly in wildlife sanctuaries and protected national parks), and the declining population trend is expected to continue. One major threat to the dhole is habitat destruction (and thus loss of prey, which is aggravated by deer poaching). In India alone, over 40,000 square kilometers of forest has disappeared in the last 20 years. The main factors in this were logging, firewood collection, flooding due to dam construction, and agricultural expansion. Habitat deterioration fragments the dhole population, resulting in problems like disease definitely depletes the population in South Asia and inbreeding, which have more permanent effects. Human persecution also contributes to the dhole’s decline (medicinal uses of the dhole in areas such as China). Indiscriminate snaring (“By-catch”) and other non-selective hunting techniques have devastating results. The dhole is regarded as vermin – on rare occasions, dholes attack livestock, at the cost of the owner, e.g. in Arunachal Pradesh - and has therefore been shot, trapped, and poisoned (e.g. from strychnine). British colonial hunters also shot and poisoned dhole-killed prey-carcasses because the canine was seen as a threat to local wild ungulate densities. Dhole mortalities as a result of road-kill are highest in India, where many roads and trails cut through their habitat. With suitable areas steadily diminishing and cattle being grazed within the forests, livestock occasionally fall prey to the dhole. If protection is not rigidly enforced, stockmen retaliate by excavating the den and clubbing the pups to death. Generally dholes ignore domestic animals, but when their natural prey is diminished, they are starving. In India farmers can be compensated if there is definitive proof that their livestock has been killed by dholes outside core protected areas. In Kanha, India, the dhole preys on a rare, endemic subspecies of swamp deer. Depletion of the dhole’s prey animal populations is another problem. In much of the dhole’s habitat, even in protected areas, ungulate populations are low. Further pressures are applied by local villagers who steal the dhole's kills for their own pot, as dholes do not attack humans, and retreat at the sight of one. In this way, the dhole has become an indirect food source for the people of the jungle. People who have been recorded scavenging dhole-kills include Kuruma tribes of the Niligiris in the south of India. Dholes are in danger of catching infectious diseases when they come in contact with other animals, especially canines – including feral and domestic dogs. They have been known to suffer from mange, canine distemper, and trypanosomiasis. Canine parvovirus was recorded in dhole populations in Chennai zoo. Sporadically, the dhole is a health risk for human beings, since their excreta contain transmittable pathogens (e.g. Toxocara canis). Dhole waste has also been found to contain roundworm, cestodes, and other endoparasites. Like other canines, dholes can catch rabies; in the 1940s, rabid dholes bit and infected villagers in the Billigirirangan Hills, in India. This incident resulted in human death. Most injuries dholes suffer are from prey animals, but wounds are inflicted by tigers and leopards; sometimes these attacks result in death. Interactions between the dhole and these felines are rare, and are thought to be usually limited to intimidation and stalking, presumably aimed at gaining more hunting ground. However, in the south of India, in Nagarahole National Park, dhole hairs have been found in leopard excreta, suggesting that they occasionally fall prey to the cats. In India, bounties were paid for carcasses right up until when the dhole was declared a Protected Species under Schedule 1 of the Wildlife Act of 1972, which prohibits the killing of wildlife except in self-defense or if the dhole is a man-killer – and, even then , permission is required. The creation of Project Tiger Reserves has given some protection to the “dukhenesis” subspecies. Project Tiger could potentially maintain dhole prey-animal levels in tiger-dhole inhabited regions. There are about eleven subspecies of the dhole, spanning different sizes and colors. Two subspecies of the dhole are classified as endangered by the World Conservation Union, meaning that they face serious risk of extinction. Another two are on the verge of extinction. Dholes appear in Rudyard Kipling's 1895 children's story Red Dog (originally published as Good Hunting, subsequently included in The Second Jungle Book) as a threat to Mowgli's wolf pack, appearing somewhat more aggressive in the story than in real life. -Wikipedia
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en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sanchi Sanchi is a small village in India, located 46 km north east of Bhopal, in the central part of the state of Madhya Pradesh. It is the location of several Buddhist monuments, dating from the third century BC to the twelfth century BC...........The gateways and the balustrade, even though made of stone, were carved and constructed in the manner of wood and the gateways were covered with narrative sculptures. These showed scenes from the life of the Buddha integrated with everyday events that would be familiar to the onlookers and so make it easier for them to understand the Buddhist creed as relevant to their lives. In the case of Sanchi and most other stupas it was the local population who donated money towards the embellishment of the stupa to attain spiritual merit. There was no direct royal patronage. Devotees, both men and women, who donated money towards a sculpture would often choose their favourite scene from the life of the Buddha and then have their names inscribed on it. This accounts for the random repetition of particular episodes on the stupa (Dehejia 1992). On these stone carvings the Buddha was never depicted as a human figure. Instead the artists chose to represent him by certain attributes, such as the horse on which he left his father’s home, his footprints or a canopy under the bodhi tree at the point of his enlightenment. The human body was thought to be too confining for the Buddha
Madhya Pradesh High Court building in Jabalpur, India.
Made by Aksveer
This is just a part of a much larger building. (Taken with a Nokia N70 !!!) The impressive mansion of superb architecture was constructed in 1899 by Raja Gokul Das, Grand Father of late Seth Govind Das, Former Member of Parliament. The building was designed by Henry Irwin, C.I.E., P.W.D., sometime in 1886. The construction work of this building commenced in 1886 and was completed in 1889 at the cost of about Rupees Three Lacs. The building is constructed in brick-lime with ornamental towers and cornices. The architecture of the building is mixed baroque and oriental. The arches as well as the bastions at the corner are ornamental. The owner was gracious enough to give the said building to the erstwhile Government for purposes of Government Offices on a nominal monthly rent of Re.1/- only. Before formation of the new State of Madhya Pradesh the building housed the Collector's Office, Law Courts and Treasury. Later on, it is said that the building was completely donated to the Government. On 1st November, 1956, when the present State of Madhya Pradesh was formed, Jabalpur was chosen as the Principal Seat of the High Court. Consequently, the said building was selected and approved by late Hon'ble Shri Justice M. Hidayatullah, first Chief Justice of new Madhya Pradesh, for the High Court. Some additional space was provided to accommodate more court rooms but due care was taken to seen that it did not disturb the original architecture.
Made by Gajni2
Driven out of the parking.. ..with such India-like grille and the open bamboo chic windows for the outdoor / wildlife shutterbugs....into the 'Kanha Tiger Reserve' .....this is Indore Safari. (Jblpr to Kanha National Park). The bus ride routes via heritage monuments, culture points of relevance and scenic lakes before reaching the national park. Enjoyment and adventure is a promise because once in the forests, this overdone camouflage (tiger and other animals painted on the side of the bus) on one hand is for the delight of the animals there....who knows they might put up a show for you ...and on the other hand ....maybe, you're (just-about) the bait? It is a tiger reserve. More of the interests, (in geographical proximity: ref. Map in Addl. Info under Tags) for wildlife, bird and flora-fauna photographers are: Panna National Park, Sanjay National Park, Satpura National Park, Achankmar Wildlife Sanctuary, Neoradehi Wildlife, Bandhavgarh National Parks and Pench Wildlife Sanctuary Controlled HDR technique used
उदयगिरी/Udaygiri Caves, Vidisha, Madhya Pradesh
Made by Raveesh Vyas
View large for detail. Udaygiri caves: 4th-5th cent AD. Technically speaking, these are not actually caves. These are massive carved structures made during the Gupta period(4th-5th cent.). Most of these sculptures are dedicated to the Hindu God Vishnu and his different incarnations. The one above shows Vishnu in the form of a boar. Bhudevi (Goddess Earth) is seen on his shoulder. The story goes that some Asura (demon) had immersed the earth underwater. The Yakshas (Demigods; the ones in red) pleaded Lord Vishnu to save the earth as it was being contaminated. This is why Vishnu assumed the form of a boar/pig to pull the earth out from the filth. Stories apart, this place shows the skill of the artists who worked during the Gupta rule. The original colour of the above sculpture was red. it can still be seen in the RHS. Over time, rain and sunlight have taken their toll on the carvings. If only the Madhya Pradesh Department of Tourism could do more to protect this place.
Chaunsath Yogini Temple, Jabalpur.
Made by Aksveer
This is a 10th century temple situated on the top of a hill at Bedaghat in Jabalpur District of Madhya Pradesh. Bedaghat, about 20 km from Jabalpur, and is situated on the banks of Narmada. The temple is only 130 feet in diameter and is of a cloister shape with dozens of separate shrines. It was the personal temple of Rani Durgavati of Kalchuri dynasty. Right in front of the shrine is a heavy stone slab, under which lies the tunnel that led from Rani Durgavati’s chambers in the Madan Mahal fort palace to the temple. The main sanctum has an idol of Lord Shiva and Parvati riding the Nandi. But people believe that the temple is dedicated to Goddess Durga and her 64 attendants. Exquisitely carved 64 sculptures of the attendants is the highlight of the temple. These are placed in tiny cells and each entered by a small and plain doorway and roofed by a curvilinear shikhara of an elementary form.
Made by Raveesh Vyas
This is the other major sculpture at Udaygiri. Above: Lord Vishnu is lying flat on his Sheshnaag (snake) bed here. The Gods are trying to wake him up using drums. Don't know what for but the story must have been quite interesting. This is the last upload-able pic I have of Udaygiri. I do have a few more though. Next in line is the Bijamandal or Bijaimandal or Vijayamandira Temple. This temple is from the 11th cent. The temple was destroyed towards the end of the 17th cent during the Mughal invasion by the last major emperor of the Mughal dynasty, Aurangzeb. A mosque called the Alamgiri Masjid(named after Alamgir, Aurangzeb's other name) was built on the ruins of the temple using the materials left after its demolition. The place still has Hindu sculptures and the temple-like architecture is recognizable to date.
Perspective....everybody has one.. ;)
Made by Sandeep.Shukla
This photo is composed by a series of three standard exposure RAW shots (-2,0,+2), & was taken hand held, while searching for something worth processing :). Clouds above, water below & the bridge coming right at you, provided a great view & perspective to the photo. Finally this is the full processed version of the bridge here for you... _______________________________________________________ About This Narrow Gauge Bridge wab built by British at Jamtara, Jabalpur & is still bring used & continues to serve many people...This route connects Jabalpur to Gondia. Camera :Canon EOS 1000D Lens :Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 (Non IS kit lens) PS :All your comments, Criticism & tips are always welcome !!!.... :)
Idyllic Morning - A Humble Tribute
Made by abhishek727.
Taken in Bhopal, on a cold morning. There was fog and the sun was just rising. The blurred structure on the left background is the VIP road. The dark structure in the water (apart from the boat) is what remains of an old city wall. Bhopal was the victim of the worst industrial disaster - which killed thousands and rendered thousands others sick with chronic, lifelong disabilities. I humbly dedicate this work to them. Any and all comments are welcome - especially those with some suggestions. . This photo finds place in Valeur (page 108-109) . The e-magazine can be read @ www.pmm-international.com/mag/valeur_mag/valeur3/Default....
Bargi Dam on the river Narmada near Jabalpur, India.
Made by Aksveer
Good rain this season. Flood gates of the dam were opened for the first time after 4 years. The sound is deafening ! The height of the dam is 69 m and length 5.4 km. A lake of about 75 km in length and 4.5 km width, spreading over 267.97sq. km. In Jabalpur, Mandla and Seoni districts is formed when the water is impounded up to the dam FRL (Full Reservoir Level) of 422.76 m. The dam irrigates about 3000 sq.km. of land and produces hydropower to the tune of 90 MW from its two turbines. Light was fading fast... This is a 13 sec. exposure from the bridge in front of the dam.
Colours on Sepia....
Made by dr nilesh marmat
Common Kingfisher/River Kingfisher/Eurasian Kingfisher....ws one of the common inhabitant of the place where I had been staying last weekend @Bhopal..weather was rainy with low lighting condition..while I ws busy clicking some random shots near the guest-house@Chuna Bhatti ashore Shahpura Lake..this beautiful kingfisher came & perched on a palm-tree & he posed....posed...& posed!!! I ws missing a good dslr..but somehow managed to shoot under low light with my powershot....& came with these results...reproduced with canon's software & picnik!!!
6 yards of shade, omkareshwar
Made by nevil zaveri
shop selling 'puja' materials with saree used as shade, over the walking path to trivenisangam (confluence). see other perspective images @ flickrhivemind.net/flickr_hvmnd.cgi?search_type=Tags&... NO copy-paste awards, badges & animated gifs, please.
Hunting @ Bhimbethka, Bhopal
Made by Prshant ॐ Bhrdwaj
This is probably a hunting scene during the middle stone age. Notice that there is a man on a horse which is decorated more than the rest. That is the leader of the herd. Also similar paitings in white color can be seen if you look closely. This Rock painting is supposed to be from the Mesolithic period or what is more commonly known as the Middle Stone age. Also see.... 2009 in Pictures on Chai Ki Dukaan
Made by Aksveer
An elderly Indian woman waiting outside a government school to pick up her grandchildren. This was shot in a village near Jabalpur, India. Notice how she is holding a part of the sari with her teeth to keep her head covered. It is customary for married Indian women to cover their heads as it is a show of humility and respect to others. Likewise, this practice is also followed while praying. Through the years this custom actually becomes a force of habit, specially with women in rural India.
Bargi Dam on the river Narmada near Jabalpur, India.
Made by Aksveer
Good rain this season. Flood gates of the dam were opened for the first time after 4 years. The sound is deafening ! The height of the dam is 69 m and length 5.4 km. A lake of about 75 km in length and 4.5 km width, spreading over 267.97sq. km. In Jabalpur, Mandla and Seoni districts is formed when the water is impounded up to the dam FRL (Full Reservoir Level) of 422.76 m. The dam irrigates about 3000 sq.km. of land and produces hydropower to the tune of 90 MW from its two turbines.
Made by Raveesh Vyas
The omnipresent cow happened to be in the frame. I was going for the kids and that man. Being an Indian, I am so used to seeing cows on the street that my brain is hardwired to work around them(Be it driving, photography etc.:D). This is why I didn't bother waiting for the cow to move out of the frame.:P BTW, it is just a coincidence that the horns of the cow are painted with the same colour as that of the house.
River Narmada at Tilwara ghat in Jabalpur, India.
Made by Aksveer
In hinduism, dried coconuts are offered to dieties to please them and to get thier blessings. Narmada being a holy river is worshiped as a goddess and to please her some people passing over the bridge throw coconuts into the river. Well, the holy river does'nt get much time to enjoy the offerings as people like the gentleman you see on the boat pick it up immediately and sell it back into the market !!! :-))
hold on... we are coming guys
Made by Rahul N
PLEASE COMMENT WITHOUT ANY GIFS, IMAGES OR AWARDS. THANKS FOR EVERY COMMENT This is one of the best pics I have seens in a long time. and I hate to say it but I can claim no credit for it. My sister clicked it. I have just put my signature :D :D if I could fav my own pics, this will be the first one. I had to delete the old version of it. after a lot of thinking, I felt this version to be better
A 'Sambar' deer at Singrampur near Jabalpur, India.
Made by Aksveer
This orphaned and injured stag was rescued by forest officials when it was little. Its antlers were trimmed as it was dangerous for the handlers. It was recently released into the wild, but it came back to the area near the forest rest house where he grew up. It does not fear humans like the wild ones do. I fed him a banana off my hand by the side of the road where we saw him.
Going to 'Pench', Tiger Reserve near Jabalpur.
Made by Aksveer
Went to Pench Tiger Reserve for the weekend with some friends. This was near Lakhnadon on NH-7. Thats my wife. Aks was fast asleep in the backseat. The highway in this area runs like a straight line, and my friends in the other two cars had passed me by in full throttle. But the setting sun and the clouds started their magic and I had to stop and take some pics.
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Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology