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Where Tigers Roam!

Where Tigers Roam!
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Copyright: Subhash Ranjan (sranjan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 489 W: 63 N: 1877] (5784)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-03-13
Categories: Savannah
Camera: Olympus Sp 510uz
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-06-06 20:08
Viewed: 3395
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This archive photograph was shot at Jim Corbett National Tiger Reserve. Just going through the gallery of great landscapes by Bob Shannon, I found some thing very interesting akin to what I have shown you here. Refer Where Buffalo Roam ; & I tell you this is the exact story of Jim Corbett National Tiger Reserve…………..Where Tigers Roam! I had liked this location in the midst of jungle surrounded by thick forest with a big chunk of grassland between it. I was also told one of the Discovery Channel documentaries on the park was shot at this unique location.........a very favorite point for the tigers hunting deer (I believe there is a waterhole close to the thickly grown trees seen at distance & tigers prefer surprise attack from the grassland towards waterhole). So this high density elephant grass might be having few of them hidden within!!!

To see tiger in wilderness is a delight to all of them who visit this park; however what you all see more frequently is going to be the pug marks of various sizes; giving an idea of their mighty built to smallest, accompanying their mother. Through out you may feel that somewhere within the forest from the dense vegetation they are gawking at you & may be a tigress with cute babies, trying to make them understand to maintain safe distance as far as possible from the deadliest creature of all on the planet i.e. Homo sapiens; who kills for pleasure or materialistic needs & not for hunger otherwise.

The grassland (also called CHAUR by the locals) is primarily infested by “Elephant Grass”. It is the favorite food of wild elephants. It gives a good conceal to the tiger as well as other deer species seen in this park. The chaur becomes the main battlefield for the surprise attacks by the predators in life & death games played here often for survival of the different species.

PS: Elephant grass; it refers to the following grass species:

• The African, also known as Napier Grass or Uganda Grass
• The South Asian Saccharum ravennae (= Erianthus ravennae, E. elephantinus), also known as Ekra
• The East Asian Miscanthus sinensis, also known as Chinese Silver Grass, Eulalia Grass, Maiden Grass, Porcupine Grass or Zebra Grass

It is a tall perennial plant, growing to 2–4.5 metres (6.6–15 ft) tall, rarely up to 7.5 metres (25 ft), with leaves 30–120 centimetres (12–47 in) long and 1–5 centimetres (0.39–2.0 in) broad.

It has a very high productivity, both as a forage grass for livestock and as a biofuel crop. The name Elephant grass derives from it being a favorite food of elephants.

It can be killed with a light layer of frost but is usually harvested before winter so it can be burnt in power plants.

It has been proposed as a countermeasure to the corn borer in North America, since it attracts and traps the pest. It is also planted on artificial terraces helping to stop erosion. Source: wikipedia

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You are quite observant...I think that makes for a class act...a man who can both learn and teach...a man who does both and then has a day job as well in some high profile area.....This is EXACTLY what I was thinking when I shot the image you refer to....Did I have a catagory for this? If not I shall make one tomorrow..or if I already do then by all means feel free to add yours!

Hi Subhash, an excelklent scen capture of a grassland. Nicely composed and great notes too.
TFS and cheers,

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-06-07 8:53]

Hi Subhash,
Very beautiful landscape.Well caught,framed and composed.I liked especially low level POV a lot.Have a great Sunday!
Thanks for posting..

hello Subhash

excellent Landscape photo with fine POV at the level of the
high grass, also fine DOF and i love the way the all is framed,
also excellent educative notes, TFS


A very well seen and composed shot, Ranjan!
Very well done!

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