Saturday, November 29, 2008

Wild Thomankuttu - Nov 2008

One can trek uphill along the cascades of Thombankuttu up to about 6 to 7 kilometers through this jungle although some part of this wild walkway is dangerously slippery and steep.
Photo ID: TMKH_028 "It’s truly a natural rain forest"

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Fallen Leaf on the Rock, Thommankuth - Nov 2008

An oil painting by mother nature. Fallen dried leaf on a rock covered with mosses.
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"Picture of the leaf with larger area of the rock included"
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"Tight shot of the leaf with a micro lens revels the detailed texture and veins of the dry leaf"
Sunlight filtering through the forest canopy gives a grid light (a type of studio spot light) effect.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Six legged Spider, Thomankuttu - Nov 2008

This Giant Wood Spider ( Nephila Maculata ) I spotted at Thombankuttu had only six legs. Their webs can be found hanging from branches of trees throughout the Thommankuthu jungle.
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"On a mission to build a new home"
Why only six legs ???
This spider is reported to be harmless to humans. This species of spider spins one of the largest web.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Snake in the wild, Thommankuth - Nov 2008

Pictures of a snake in the forests of Thommankuth I photographed while on my trek.
Photo ID: TMKH_041 "That's a huge one - measuring about 8 feet. Saw this creature near a water hole"

Saturday, November 22, 2008

The Evergreen Thommankuth - Nov 2008

The tropical rain forests of Thommankuth is a forest of tall trees, shrubs and clinging plants.
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Thursday, November 20, 2008

Waterfalls of Thommankuth - Nov 2008

Thommankuth in Idukki district of Kerala is declared as an ecotourism destination. Shown below are panoramic pictures.
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"Tree hut with rungs inside Thommankuth forest"

Monday, November 10, 2008

Assorted Panorama Images of Kovalam - Sep 2008

The famous beach resort of south India located about 16 kilometers from the capital city of Thiruvananthapuram. Literally speaking Kovalam means garden of coconut trees.
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The Proposed International Transshipment Terminal at Vizhinjam is just 3 kilometers south of Kovalam.
A colossal rock headland on the beach has made a bay of tranquil waters ideal for swimming and bathing in shallow waters. Hawa Beach is the popular of the three beaches of Kovalam.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Kovalam and Vizhinjam - Various - Sep 2008

Areal views of the Kovalam coast reveals the verdant beauty of Kerala mainly because of the abundance of coconut trees in the region. it' a stupendous sight from the air to see the deep blue colors of Arabian sea in contrast with the coconut coast of Kovalam that look like a green carpet covering the earth.
One can see the Vizhinjam Mosque at the tip of coastal line.
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Thursday, November 6, 2008

Athachamayam day pageantry in Thripunithura, Ernakulam - Sep 2008

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The Atham pageantry in Thripunithura announce the ten-day Onam festival with a colorful start. Thripunithura town was swarming with people from various places to see the procession that went around the town.
The procession, that started from the Government Boys High School ground at around 11 a.m.
Puiikali, Mayilattam, vanchipattu group, Velichappadu were among those on foot in the procession that was inter spaced by Kavadi, Theyyam, omong others.
Children from various schools of Thripunithura, dressed up in traditional attire, participated in this cultural festival.
Atham procession was arranged by the Thripunithura Municipality had a number of cultural programmes like classical concerts, ganamela, plays, mimicry and other traditional events.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Maritheyyam - Sep 2008

‘Mari’ and ‘Mamaya’ characters of Mariyattam or Maritheyyam have a similar appearance to the much popular ritual art of North Kerala, Theyyam which I had featured in the previous post.
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The mask of Kaliyans - another character of Maritheyyam resembles the masks of some African tribes.
The head gear and the costumes of Kaliyans are created of tender coconut leaves.
It's being performed by the members of the ‘Pulaya’ community of Kannur district of Kerala during the festival of ‘Mariyattom’.
you can also find more of these folk art images that I photographed in posts from 2007.