Postcards from our January 2018 issue
NAGARHOLE NATIONAL PARK, KARNATAKA: Mouthful of prey-er: We chanced upon this beautiful hawk eagle during a long drive through Nagarhole National Park. We hadn’t had much luck on our first drive through the park – and then, suddenly, we got lucky and came across this lovely bird and his prey.
Photographer: Reader Pravin Menon
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HUACACHINA, PERU: The sands of time: I was in the middle of a seven-month trip through Latin America, from Mexico to Chile, when I visited the desert dunes of Huacachina in southern Peru with some friends I had made on the road. We were sitting atop one of the highest dunes in the area, watching the last few moments of a vivid sunset, when I turned around and spotted a group of three sitting in isolation in the distance. I was struck by the scale and beauty of the sweeping dune behind them, and how the advancing sunset gave the desert a Martian-like orange glow. This photo reminds me of how small we are in the scheme of things, and how beautiful the desert’s vast emptiness can be.
Photographer: Reader Tim Sonmez
ORCHHA, MADHYA PRADESH: The grand past: I recently made a trip to Orchha since the many historical monuments in the area have fascinated me for a long time now. This photograph was taken at the Raja Mahal, which, along with the Chhatris and the Chaturbhuj Temple, is the major historical attraction of the area. Built during the 17th century, the Raja Mahal, with its impeccable architecture and grand towers, transports you back in time.
Photographer: Reader Vasanth Gopalkrishnan
TANDAYAPA VALLEY, ECUADOR: Humming away: This photograph was taken in the forests of the Tandayapa Valley in Ecuador where I ran into this tiny purple throated woodstar. Since these little hummingbirds flutter their wings way too fast, it’s almost impossible to follow them with your eyes to be able to easily capture them on camera. I decided to wait by the flowers, which proved to be the right decision – this little bird was hovering near the flowers, and I finally managed to take a picture. I later realized that I had managed to capture a couple of bees as well.
Photographer: Reader Randeep Singh