The Ramganga III
|Copyright: Goldy RS (goldyrs)
|Date Taken: 2008-06-09|
|Camera: Canon S2 IS|
|Exposure: f/4, 1/320 seconds|
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|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2010-09-20 6:07|
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|The father of the lad returned to the village at sunset and was greeted with the very gratifying news that his son had been accepted for the army, and that he had returned from Lansdowne on short leave. Asking where the lad was, he was told that he had gone out earlier in the day to get fodder, and surprise was expressed that the father had not found him at home.|
After bedding down the bullocks the father went from house to house to find his son. All the men who had been out that day were questioned in turn, and all had the same tale to tell that they had separated at the head of the valley, and no one could remember having seen the lad after that.
Crossing the terraced cultivated land the father went to the edge of the steep hill, and called, and called again, to his son,but received no answer.
Night was by now setting in. The man returned to his home and lit a small smoke-dimmed lantern, and as he passed through the village he horrified his neighbours by telling them, in reply to their questions, that he was going to look for his son. He was asked if he had forgotten the man-eater and answered that it was because of the man-eater that he was so anxious to find
his son, for it was possible he had fallen off a tree and injured himself and, for fear of attracting the man-eater, had not answered to his call.
He did not ask anyone to accompany him, and no one
offered to do so, and for the whole of that night he searched up and down that valley in which no one had dared to set foot since the advent of the man-eater. Four times during the night as I saw from his foot-prints when going along the cattle track he had passed within ten feet of where the tiger was lying eating his son.
Weary and heartsick he climbed a little way up the rocky hill as light was coming, and sat down for a rest. From this raised position he could see into the ravine. At sunrise he saw a glint of blood on the two big rocks, and hurrying down to the spot he found all that the tiger had left of his son. These remains
he collected and took back to his home, and when a suitable shroud had been procured, his friends helped him to carry the remains to the burning ghat on the banks of the Mandal river.
I do not think it would be correct to assume that acts such as these are performed by individuals who lack imagination and who therefore do not realize the grave risks they run. The people of our hills, in addition to being very sensitive to their environments, are very superstitious, and every hill-top, valley, and gorge is credited with possessing a spirit in one form or another, all of the evil and malignant kind most to be feared during the hours of darkness. A man brought up in these surroundings, and menaced for over a year by a man-eater, who, unarmed and alone, from sunset to sunrise, could walk through dense forests which his imagination peopled with evil spirits, and in which he had every reason to believe a man-eater was lurking,
was in my opinion possessed of a quality and a degree of courage that is given to few. All the more do I give him credit for his act of heroism for not being conscious that he had done anything unusual, or worthy of notice. When at my request he sat down near the man-eater to enable me to take a photograph, he looked up at me and said, in a quiet and collected voice,'I
am content now, sahib, for you have avenged my son.'
This was the last of the three man-eaters that I had promised the District Officials of Kumaon, and later the people of Garhwal, that I would do my best to rid them of.
- Jim Corbett in the "Man-eaters of Kumaun"
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Another lovely view of this beautiful landscape. Good composition with beautiful view. Thanks a lot for sharing.
- [2010-09-20 8:54]
Nice presentation of a very attractive place. I am impressed with great POV and framing of the landscape, fine combination of "cold" stones and "warm" vegetation, excellent sharpness and details across the frame. Thanks a lot and best wishes.
Ciao Goldy. So interesting this serie. Amazing perspective here and good spaces managment.
A most interesting story to accompany the image. Now thee picture becomes clear. Truly remarkable.
Hi Goldy, nice scene from low pov. Details, colours and composition are great.
TFS. Kind regards,
Ciao Goldy, lovely and peaceful labdscape, beautiful composition, wonderful natural colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio
Una nueva toma del mismo paraje en otro POV excelente.
Un saludo de Antonio
- [2010-09-20 16:44]
This is such a beautiful scene with the lovely green mountains, the pretty sky and the rocky waterway. It seemed so peaceful until I read your story. Colors, clarity and composition are all marvelous.
This is lovely landscape photo with nice patterns created by stones and the water and the blue sky with some clouds. Very neatly done. Very well done!
Puedo hacerte los mismos comentarios que te hice en la toma anterior.
Quizá un paisaje simple pero con el aliciente de ponerte en el paisaje
y transportarte a tu gran País.
Un abrazo: Josep Ignasi.
another very beautiful landscape of this river taken from an excellent low POV.
Waiting a water bird "But I miss your water bird shots! I do hope to see one soon again!" i posted two pictures with "water" droplets for you.
Hi L'il bro,
I like this, you've done it justice with your chosen POV. The sharpness looks first class. Nice work bro!
TFS and have a nice day!