This place looks beautiful, from the looks of these photos, I should add it to my ever-increasing list of destinations to visit!
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Kerala on the southwest coast of India is a unique place. This area is known for stunning, unusual scenery, backwaters, boat rides, lush foliage and Ayurvedic treatments. This place is lovely and romantic, you must see the fort kochi and surrounding areas to see the history of this place where jews, arabs, europeans all settled, this is one of the most beautiful places in India and one of the most beautiful 100 places in the world.
There’s an article on poaching of African wildlife in today’s Sunday Times Magazine. It mainly focusses on American tourists going over in a bid to hunt the biggest game they can find. To read about this and to see the images of people proudly posing with their kills of leopard and kudu (a truly beautiful and regal animal I saw up close in South Africa) is incredibly sad, especially when you consider how proud everyone we met out there was of their wildlife. The children at the local school, in particular, were so eager to learn about conservation and how to protect their native animals.
Now, I’m not completely naive, I understand that all creatures, humans included, must often hunt to survive and can sympathise with an individual simply defending his livestock- ultimately his own means of survival. No, what gets me is when people seem to receive a kick out of trying to play god and exert their own self-appointed authority over all other creatures on this planet. There is one photo in this article, taken by David Chancellor, of an individual sat smugly in his ‘trophy room’, lost in amongst stuffed, dead animals of all sizes, including polar bear, leopard and brown bear. I wonder what motivates people to hunt like this: for the case of supposed sport and a need to prove their superiority? In my opinion (others are of course entitled to their own), their actions actually suggest the opposite.
All I know is how moving it is to see these animals in their own, natural environment.
I love the feel of brand new paperbacks, straight from the printers :)
hi! i was just browsing tumblr and saw your kakadu photographs. they are lovely :) i was wondering, whereabouts did you travel in kakadu? did you go up on the plateau or not? i've been there several times and your pictures just brought back some lovely memories form the last time :)
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Hi, sorry for taking so long to get back to you, I’ve been traveling and not really keeping up with tumblr lately. We traveled all over the place whilst we were there and I feel a little bad for not being able to say exactly where. It was however only for a few days so I’m sure there’s still plenty more to see. I’m glad you like the photos and thank you for saying :)
I know I’ve been pretty quiet on the Tumblr front lately. I’ve actually been off traveling in South East Asia; an experience I will never forget. I’ve particularly fallen in love with Laos as a country, it’s so laid back, you really have to get used to everything happening on “Laos time”. For me, someone whose mind never seems to stop fretting about one thing or another, it was the perfect place to discover how to just let things be and not try to control everything- a concept I really am trying, sometimes successfully, sometimes not so much, to apply to my life now I’m back at home. An added bonus for our trip to Laos was our being there during the new year celebrations, which included an awful lot of water being thrown over you fairly consistently. It didn’t matter who you were, monk, tourist, photographer holding expensive camera; at some point, you were going to get wet! This video (I’m sorry, I don’t know the creator but it is not mine) offers a small glimpse into those fantastic few days.