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How I met the wild

How I met the wild

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We introduce Amit Kumar by sharing this Photo Essay, where he describes his voyage to the wild. In this story he blends both of his passions – photography and literature in one roof.

I didn’t see any tiger crossing or zebra crossing but I saw a man contemplating for a long time if he should cross.

The road leads to an uninhibited island.

You need to swim across a river, which is full of alligators, to get to the island. The harmless alligators view with amusement the humans awkwardly paddling by.

Visitors are allowed only one km of walk to a stream where they can bathe with gay abandon. Forest guards keep close watch.

The trees here are old and massive.

WHIRLPOOL…..Save yourself
Touch me not said the water.
The-tree-has-many-eyes
Play not the Peacock, looking everywhere about you, to see if you be well deck’t – George Washington
Offline orders
Into the deep
I am not an UFO, I am Nature’s own drone
Drops of life
Camouflage
By the shadows of the trees
An affair in the wild
.. and this is where I cook

The river is full of water striders, which wikipedia says is also known as the ‘Jesus bug’.

A forest guard took pity when he saw me trying hard to take pictures of a flickery swallowtail. He allowed me a tiny trespass – beyond the don’t-cross fence – to get closer to the butterfly.

Not too far from the island is a wildlife sanctuary where we came across two adult wild elephants with a baby. One adult lurched towards us, causing great anxiety to a newly wed couple.

The jeep driver loved to linger near spotted deer, and apologised that we didn’t see much else.

Tigers?

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He whispered: ‘Very rare, sir. But quite a lot on social media.’

We saw much more outside the sanctuary than in it. This is not uncommon with some wildlife sanctuaries.

_I’m kidding about the alligators. And I meant uninhabited. _

Also read: Mawphlang – Meghalaya’s Enchanted Forest 

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