Tales of the Dead




Vijay Mohan Raj
Tales of the Dead
Continuing with my stories from nature.
The gregarious flowering (single time-flowering and dying) of the Bamboo (Bambusa arundinaceae) in the forests of the W.Ghats is a unique phenomenon once in 44 years. Much has been debated, what happens next on this beautiful species. I have been documenting this gregarious flowering since 2004 and this flowering continued till 2009. This bamboo though dead for over 3 years continues to supply the wild mammals the seeds. This langur and the like have been feasting on this for over 3 years and this ecological role of the bamboo is discounted when one thinks the dead bamboo is not worth and poses a fire hazard to the forest.
Mon Dec 05, 2011 10:40 am
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Commentby jayesh joshi on Mon Dec 05, 2011 3:29 pm

I am also observing same phenomena here in nearby Dang forest,which is northen most part of W.ghat. The whole area appears relatively barren,which once was extremely dense ! I am also witness to & heard couple of incidents of forest fire too. Fortunately new shoots are showing up & its a good sign of better future.

Coming to the image, love the entire frame of graphical nature & strategically positioned langoor breaking monotonicity of the frame .. Excellent image !

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Commentby Ganesh H Shankar on Mon Dec 05, 2011 4:12 pm

Very interesting story here VMR and nice composition here ! Without the info on flowering and seeds it is not clearly why it is attracted to the bamboo tree. Is this a color version or B&W ?

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Commentby bharath on Mon Dec 05, 2011 6:19 pm

Beautiful image VMR, works great for my taste buds. Not easy but a wish though is to see the Langur in some "dramatic" posture.


Commentby Vijay Mohan Raj on Mon Dec 05, 2011 8:03 pm

Ganesh this is converted to b/ w, I am on my uncalibrated laptop with poor b/ w software.

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Commentby Santosh Saligram on Tue Dec 06, 2011 10:27 am

Loved this graphic image, VMR Sir! Works brilliantly in monochrome. A great way of telling a natural history story through an artistic image. Thank you for sharing.

Commentby Pramod Viswanath on Tue Dec 06, 2011 1:32 pm

Beautiful image VMR sir. When you system is set do show us the bettered version of the same. Story really makes this fascinating. A bit more definition of the langur would have added to the impact ?

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Commentby Sriharsha Ganjam on Fri Dec 09, 2011 9:06 am

Images like these are definetly worth a 1000 words! Very thought provoking and artistic too