INDIA/NEPAL

Nature

Backwaters, Kerala, India

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Backwaters
Kerala, India

2016

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Reel duration: 5’39”

 

Filmed in the Northern part of the state of Kerala,  the Kannur region presents a dense natural landscape of forest, jungle, lakes and lagoons.
The area is prone to droughts as well as the incursion of salty waters from the rise of the Arabian Sea near by.
These events impact the local economy and those who dwell in more remote areas.
Along with stunning natural views, the region is also filled with the beautiful sounds of wild life.

Malabar Coast. (Kerala, India)

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The Malabar Coast
North Kerala, India
 2019
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Duration reel: 5’28”


The Malabar Coast
from Kozhikode (Calicut) north to the Karnataka border features a string of coastal villages and dazzling honey-toned beaches far less touristed than those in southern Kerala.

For many, this quieter place is an attraction in its own right.
The main draws in this part of coastal Kerala are the beautiful, undeveloped and white sandy beaches . 
By night, it is the enthralling Theyyam possession rituals whose magic atmospheres will stay with you forever. 
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Wild Elephants (Wayanad Forest, Kerala)

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Wild elephants in Wayanad Forest
Karnataka, India
 2019
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Duration reel: 8’11”


The Asian elephant
is classified as “Endangered” by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
Its population has declined by an estimated 50 percent over the past 75 years, and there are an estimated 20,000 to 40,000 Asian elephants left in the wild.

 

Only about 27,000 wild elephants remain in India, as opposed to a million a decade ago, according to research. 

India is home to over 50 per cent population of Asian elephants in the world, making it the last strong-hold of the species.
However, their condition seems dire, as they face an all-encompassing threat such as shrinkage of their forest ranges, habitat defragmentation, poaching for their body parts and captivity, and anthropogenic pressure.

 

Monkey in Rishikesh (India)

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MONKEY
Rishikesh (Uttar Pradesh, India)
 2001
Rishikesh Uttar Pradesh, India.
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Reek duration: 2′ 24″

 


Located in the state of Uttar Pradesh in North India, Rishikesh is the Yoga center of the world. 
Colorful ashrams flank the banks of the Ganges river for miles.

At LaxmanJhula, near Rishikesh, there are two different species of monkeys living in a somewhat tense detente.

There are the macaques, the brown, slightly smaller ones, and the larger, much less aggressive pale grey ones.
One is the subject of this reel.
Only words are missing for him, to establish his presence. 
He owns the place.

 

Kaziranga Rhino (Assam, India)

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Kaziranga National Park 
Assam, India
 2007
Assam, India.
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Reel duration: 4’04”


Kaziranga
is a national park in the state of Assam, in the north east of India.  
The park has the distinction of being home to the world’s largest population of the Greater One-Horned Rhinoceros.
The sanctuary is a World Heritage Site. 
This reel depicts the rhino charging anyone who invades his territory. 
These Rhinoceros can run at speeds of up to 55 km/h (34 mph) for short periods of time .
They possess excellent senses of hearing and smell but relatively poor eyesight.

Once on a list of endangered species, the Great One-Horned Rhino population in the wild is 3000; 2000 of which are found in Assam’s Kaziranga alone.

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LANG TANG, NEPAL

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Lang Tang
Nepal

2001
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Reel duration: 7′ 41″


Langtang
is a region in the north-central Himalayas
of the Bagmati province of Nepal.
The Langtang Himal forms the western portion of a complex of mountains which also includes the Jugal Himal, home of Shishapangma.
The Langtang Lirung Range featured in this reel, lies near the Trisuli Gandaki, and north of the Langtang Khola.

The park contains a wide variety of climatic zones, from subtropical to alpine.
This high and isolated region is inhabited by the Tamangs people whose religious practices, language and dress are very similar to the Tibetans.
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LANG TANG 2, NEPAL

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Lang Tang 2
Nepal
2001
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Reel duration: 12′ 56″


About 4,500 people reside inside the park (with Tamangs as majority), and many more depend on it for timber and firewood.

For many years Lang Tang has been considered Nepal’s third main trekking region after the Khumbu (Everest) region and the Annapurnas.
While not as popular or developed, there was still sufficient infrastructure for single and independent travelers to teahouse trek, traveling from village to village and staying each nigh in accommodations along the route and thus bringing incomes to the locals.
This all change with the earthquake of 2015 and the Covid of 2020. 

These images were taken in 2000.