A Storm rolls in… – II

A storm rolls in over the lush green plateau and the numerous peaks before descending into the valley.

The hill range acts like a boundary wall holding up a good amount of rain bearing clouds as they pass by from the west. When there is a heavy downpour, these clouds send down huge quantities of water, often resulting in swelled up streams and waterfalls across the town.

Though as beautiful as it seems, it would be rather terrifying to get held up on these highlands when a storm like this passes by.
 
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Divine Canvas

The K-Town skyline one fine evening, just before sundown.

It had been raining heavily for the most of this month. The day would start with a dark and intense skyline and end with a heavy downpour, with wild winds rocking the foliage so hard that they would uproot the next second. The whole day was damp and gloomy with the sun nowhere to be seen. Stepping out of the house for work or leisure wasn’t an option.

But for the past few days, such skies and beautiful evenings have become staple, serving as a much needed break and also treat to the eye and soul. Maybe the rain gods will descend again and cause even more havoc. Or maybe not. But days like these fuel the mind with hope and give the strength to keep moving.

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Dramatic Evenings

A massive cloud formation engulfs the Haji Malang range looking similar to a dramatic pyroclastic cloud that forms after a volcanic eruption.

This image was made during a rain free evening, just before sunset, as viewed from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai.

Fruits of the Monsoon

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.

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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Land crab crosses a stream

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.

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!

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.