Though the rains have been merciless this year, they do bring special treats along. The earth gets covered with a layer of green, the air becomes cold and damp, numerous streams and waterfalls dot the region, all tricking ones senses into a game of pleasure and pain.
The journey to the base of this waterfall is a treat in its own as one needs to hike a bit to reach it. As the strength of the fall depends on the rains the hills receive, one has to wait till it pours continuously to witness it in it full glory.
A Land Crab carries its eggs in its undercarriage across a dry stream at the valley section of the hills at Kharghar, Navi Mumbai.
What would seem as easy situations for us would often be the hardest and a matter of life or death for the residents of the hills. But inspite of all the trouble they come across, natural or man made, their ability to work past it slowly but steadily is a sight to be reckoned and a life lesson to be learnt from.
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A Land Crab makes its way across a stream at the hills in Kharghar, Navi Mumbai.
Though the rains seem to be making a late entrance this year, the hills and its residents have started preparing for the monsoon in full swing. These crabs who spend the previous seasons underground have now surfaced in large numbers, dotting the semi moist streams and muddy trails of the region.
Rain clouds pass over the valley section of the Kharghar Hills at Kharghar, Navi Mumbai.
The rains seemingly made an early entrance this year due to the ongoing cyclone situation in the Arabian Sea. Though much of the rains were passing and there has hardly been any consistency, the area had already felt the effect with the earth becoming supple and mushy, dry and burnt grass turning fresh and small but vibrant green shrubs peeping from everywhere.
Monsoon in the hills is a sight to be reckoned with!
A group of greater flamingos take flight during noon, making their way towards the next destination for the day after a brief halt at the backwaters in Seawoods, Navi Mumbai.
A flock of flamingos make the final descend to join the rest at the backwaters in Seawoods, Navi Mumbai.
Watching these birds fly in from miles away, making formations with such discipline, precision and perfection, finally landing in the pond to join the rest of the troupe is an experience to be reckoned with. After watching their landing procedure, it was clear from where our aircraft had derived theirs. Nature is possibly the only thing we need to learn from to live our lives to the fullest.
A flock for Lesser and Greater Flamingos gather during noon at the holding ponds at Seawoods, Navi Mumbai.
It had been a while since I last visited the site. And given the immense heat and we witnessed this summer, I didn’t expect any birds in the region. But my joy had no bounds when I saw these magnificent beings come down from the skies in large numbers, electrifying the whole area with their sounds and vibrant colors during this time of the day when I would love to stay indoors.
A Panoramic View of the Kharghar Valley from a vantage point on the Parsik Hills Range one fine winter morning.
Though the view looks captivating (even more in person), I wished I could have been here before the concrete jungles and the ‘tamed wastelands’ dotted the scene. Yes there is development and the comfort that comes with it, but there is nothing can match or equate the rawness and peace that comes bundled with nature. And had I never enjoyed, understood and acknowledge that fact, I wouldn’t have made this picture anyway…