Land Crab with Eggs

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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Rains Approaching

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!

Viewing the Distance

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…

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Viewing the Distance

An aerial view of the Kharghar Valley from one of the highest 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…

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Back to the Base

It had been a long time since I visited the area for a shoot or trek. Delighted about the fact that the hills and monsoon had kept their word by transforming the place into this green paradise I always knew of, I hopped around and scouted the location, finally settling at this small holding pond created by a steam coming downhill through the main valley.

Though the rains were passing rather than being continuous (a blessing in disguise) the place looked fresh as ever, emitting those same mystical vibes I felt each and every time I was around.

The Devil’s Bug

When epic scares for Friday the 13th show up right at the start of the day, even in broad daylight!

This bud was pretty creepy not only for his ‘costume and gear’ but also for the fact that he managed to stalk me with his million little eyes for 20-odd minutes till I finally laid my sight on him!

Nature – Surreal indeed 😀

From The Window to Life and Beyond

I usually have a habit of sleeping early but at times, I do fall short of target and sleep late. It was one such night and the day turned out to be longer for me. By the time I made it to bed, it was 2 am. As I was about to lie down, I saw the beautiful hue in the night sky from the view of my bedroom’s window. That’s when I noticed that the fragments of the hill at Panjrapole, just above the mouth of the Eastern Freeway tunnel that passed below it, had this strange lighting around it. I first dismissed it as the incandescent lighting of one of the high pressure sodium (HPS) street lighting in the area, that I had been witnessing for the past 15 years, each night. But that’s when I noticed a strange half disk right above the sole tree, that managed to hold on from all the development activities in the region. It didn’t take me long to realize that it was the moon (a bit higher than in the picture when I saw it) and that it had this great orange color to it. I realized that this was the same thing I had seen a few days ago around the same time of the night and found it strange back then, thanks to all the conspiracy theory files that I had been reading and watching lately. I very much knew most sights from that window as it was one of the places where I started my photographic journey, taking numerous photographs, first with my phone and then with the camera. I also remember making numerous timelapses of the brilliant sunsets (this hill is in the west direction), cloudscapes and nightscape that would show up most days (except when it used to rain). The first time I noticed that light, I knew that it was something I hadn’t noticed before and was perhaps something that came up recently. But today I realized that it was the moon after all. I spent some time watching it and then decided to take a snap. After setting the tripod on the bed and taking multiple shots to check the focus and exposure, I managed to get a few usable shots. Thought I wouldn’t call it a great shot technically, it was a great memory for me and a gentle reminder that there was much to see and understand in this world for me, especially things that were right under my nose. There were many more miles to go in this journey and that I had just started.
There were things in this universe that no man in human form would be able to decipher. We often come past these things in life and dismiss them as myths, fake news and even bullshit. Given the arrogance humans have been harboring in them since ages, this isn’t something new, even if such things were true after all. But we must realize that there are things beyond our reach and understanding and the best we could do in this short life span was to try understand them, they way they are and not adulterate them with our personal fascinations and creativity. Most things that would make a human curious at first would turn out to be the most simple things in life that had been taking place since ages. All we needed was the patience to understand what these things meant and when it was the right time for them to reveal themselves to us, if they were ever meant to be so.
It’s the gift of observation, understanding, acceptance of one’s short comings and the spirit to work towards overcoming them in the right manner that made a human different from others.
This sure was one the best memories I had from what I call ‘The Window to Life and Beyond’

March 2017