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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Amaravathy Dam & Reservoir

18 November 2017: The Amaravathi Dam was constructed across theAmaravathi River located around 25 kilometres from Udumalpet in the Indira Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary,  The associated reservoir is 9.31 square kilometres (3.59 sq mi) in area and 33.53 metres (110.0 ft) deep. The dam was built primarily for irrigation and flood control. It also generates four megawatts of hydel power. It is notable for the significant population of mugger crocodiles living in its reservoir and catchment basin.
We had breakfast at Udumalpet before proceeding to the Dam.We reached the dam site around 11.00 am.It was a sunny day and we could capture some exceptional images. Due to fierce sun shine the coracles or parisals were not operating.Views of the reservoir and adjoining mountain range in the background are spectacular and breathtaking.
View of downstream canal from the Dam

Water sloshing into the downstream canal. This canal was excavated by students from Coimbatore as part of their youth camp activity in 1955
A rhesus monkey in pensive mood sitting atop a lattice wall
Downstream of the dam - Amaravati river
The Amravati Dam

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest (CA,USA)

The trees of the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest in the White Mountains an hour’s drive to the east of Bishop are the oldest recorded living thing on earth. A millennium older than the Giant Sequoia trees in the nearby Sierra, many are well over 2,000 years old and the “Methuselah” tree in Schulman Grove is dated at more than 4,773 years old. These trees were young and growing at the time stone axes were being used in Europe, the Great Pyramid of Khufu (Cheops) was being built, and cuneiform clay tablets were being used in northern Syria. Bristlecone pines (Pinus longaeva & aristata) grow in the White Mountains at elevations 9,000 to over 11,000 feet. The oldest trees grow on outcrops of dolomite, an alkaline calcareous, low nutrient soil. Only on the alkaline dolomite will you find pure, relatively dense stands of Bristlecone pine.
Bishop, California

Sunset captured in Nevada enroute to Bishop
Rohit Bhavana Mira & Nandita at Bristlecone on Sunday19th November 2017
Mira & Nandita


Saturday, November 18, 2017

Amaravathy Crocodile Sanctuary

Visited Amaravathy Dam and Crocodile Sanctuary yesterday. They have an amazing variety of crocodiles sourced from world over. Here are some images captured in the crocs enclosure. Amaravathy is located around 120 kms from Coimbatore.The Amaravathi Sagar Crocodile Farm, established in 1976, the largest crocodile nursery in India, is 1 kilometre before the Amaravathy dam site. Many adult crocodiles have been reintroduced from here into the wild. Eggs are collected from wild nests along the perimeter of the reservoir to be hatched and reared at the farm. Many crocodiles of all sizes can be seen basking in the sun and suddenly making a stride or piled up on one another. There are now 98 crocodiles (25 male + 73 female) maintained in captivity here. Three Forest Department personnel manage and maintain the Centre.



















SIMIAN PRANKS

Simians are present in large numbers at Thirumurthy Hills (in Udumalpet,Tamilnadu) ! Here is one who has snatched a soft drink bottle from an unsuspecting tourist and merrily emptying the contents. Be sure to carry a stick to Thirumurthy hills to ward off simian attacks.This is the right time of the year to visit Thirumurthy dam & reservoir and the amazing falls.After the recent copious rains there is plentiful of water and lush greenery everywhere.
Enjoying a stolen bottle of soft drink
Simians live in close knit groups

Home Grown Papayas

Our papaya tree is around 11 months old. It started bearing fruit 3 months ago. We tasted the first fruit about a fortnight ago. After that we have plucked 5-6 more fruits.We look forward to many more in the coming months. Home grown papaya fruit tastes amazingly sweet and we just love it. We plan to get some more saplings during our next trip to Trichur (Kerala). The fruit is ready for plucking when streaks of yellow appear.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

At Maruthamalai last week ! Divine darshan at dizzying heights ! Comfortable drive up the winding ghat road flanked by dense forest. Cool and cloudy climate. An Incredible experience. A glorious and incredulous coincidence was that we could witness the circumambulation of the Golden Chariot drawn by devotees around the sanctum of Lord Subramaniaswamy.


Wednesday, November 8, 2017

NMR Locomotive - Coimbatore


The locomotive engine of the Nilgiri Mountain Railway(NMR), which was brought from Mettupalayam, was mounted on a pedestal constructed for the purpose at the entrance of the Coimbatore Railway Junction on Sunday night.
The engine X 37389 was built in 1925 at the Swiss Locomotives and Machine Works factory in Switzerland. It was operated between Mettupalayam and Coonoor and was withdrawn from service in 2012. It was replaced with a new oil-fired steam engine in 2012. The total weight of the engine was 50.3 tonne and its hauling capacity was 979 tonne.