Palm Grove




Vijay Mohan Raj
Palm Grove
Kathalekan, considered to be the oldest forests in the world is an amazing place. Accompanied by M.D.Subhash Chandran, a scientist who first identified Semecarpus kathalekanensis, a species occuring only in Kathalekan, nowhere else in the world. It was a revelation accompanying him and Dr.Gururaja in Kathalekan, with these people one can learn in one visit what one can learn in a decade about rainforests. Coming back to this image, this is a grove of endemic palm which grows along streamsides called Pinanga dicksonii, an indicator of Myristica swamp, I placed the camera on the ground set it on a timer and clicked with a wide angle lens.I had presvisualised this shot to try on another species which I am sure will bag one day. This grove situation presented a similar situation and with the right tools I went ahead and got this perspective.
Tue Jan 13, 2009 10:06 pm
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Commentby Vijay Mohan Raj on Tue Jan 13, 2009 10:08 pm

This is low quality which was due to downsizing for web size.

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Commentby Nilanjan Das on Tue Jan 13, 2009 11:49 pm

I am not only dying to see this forest, am dying to see it with you. Superb image as usual. Just love the perspective.

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Commentby Kaushik Balakumar on Wed Jan 14, 2009 2:56 am

The tall stems leading to the well patterned leaves make this one different from many such images. Love the rich greens here. Another good thing about this image is that the foliage is dense & hence not much of "gaps with bright highlights" between them.
Certainly one of my favourites amongst ur images VMR.

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Commentby Ganesh H Shankar on Wed Jan 14, 2009 4:23 am

Amazing perspective of the Kathalekan jungles here VMR. I recently visted this place again in search of Lion Tailed Macaque and roamed around scary jungles. A local guide took us inside dense jungles where there are not even trace of paths. Anyway it was less scary compared to the trip I made with Dr Gururaja and ventured into this same jungles of Kathalekan during mid night in pouring rains and blood sucking leaches amoung myriad of life forms :) Having ventured into this jungles two times so far the interesting thing about my visits being I like this place so much *after* each visit. But during the visit I keep very silent because I don't know what is beneath my foot steps or where are those pit vipers hanging !

Back to the image I love this perspective. May be you should make this again during rainly season - not sure how to get a streak or two of rain drops however :)

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Commentby Sriharsha Ganjam on Wed Jan 14, 2009 11:19 am

wow this is a wide angle with a difference. Loved this view. This shot portrays to me the denseness of the canopy very well, and also shows the gentle fight among plants for the precious sunlight. It also shows the beauty of the green color when put against sunlight. I also noticed that all the leaves are nice and healthy and green without any visible signs of disease, showcasing the health of the forest. Now all that said in just one image! Wow, pictures like this, do tell a thousand stories. :)

Commentby Pramod Viswanath on Wed Jan 14, 2009 9:48 pm

Superb visualizations here VMR! What makes this image for me are the stumps leading my eyes all way to the "apex". Agree with Kaushik about absence of "doughnuts" ! A Double spread print midway in a book about kathlekan would do complete justice to this image. Works very well for me,

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Commentby Aravind Madhyastha on Thu Jan 15, 2009 4:00 pm

This is just brilliant image VMR. I tried similar kind of photo several years back at the same place with my Nikon analogue camera, but failed miserably and you have done it. I completely agree with Pramod..

Commentby Shankar Kiragi on Sat Jan 24, 2009 7:14 am

Definitely a great angle to shoot an image. Love the effect here.

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