What I am interested in with birds, just as I am with spiders or monkeys, is what they do and why they do it.
Pigeons take to the skies near the Bahrain Financial Harbour Twin Towers, Manama. Summer 2015
I have observed these love birds – a pair of doves really – for the last few days – and have seen them perched ‘beak-in-beak’ on trees, on the fence, the satellite dish and the wall – as if madly in ‘first-time’ love!
However, this evening when I took to the camera in trying to take pictures, strangely, they seemed to be having an argument a spat of some kind. A bit unusual, I thought, given their proximity over the last few days.
And, then, it happened, suddenly. They seemed to hug, and then kiss, even though I missed by a whisker taking the ‘beak-in-beak’ shot!
I am sure they will be around these parts for a while and will try to capture some of their intimate moments!
These large pine trees, so common in the hills of Northern India, typically thrive at high altitudes and present a beautiful ‘looking up’ sight in the summer months. Strangely, though, during winters, they are listless and droopy, perhaps shivering in extremely cold conditions and the ‘weight’ of constant snowfall. This picture was taken during an earlier summer trip to Kasauli, in Himachal Pradesh state.
The visit brought back memories of when, as college students, we trekked in the area every other month. The greatest feeling then was walking along the mountain track surrounded by these gigantic trees and their constant ‘hissing’ sound, more like a million snakes making that sound all at one time.
The other memory is that of the peculiar smell of pine, something that we now experience in aerosol room fresheners and disinfectants. But, of course, they are only memories.
If only we could turn the clock back but, as they say, there’s no rewind button on life!
picture taken at Bahrain’s Asry Beach – Winter 2015