Love is all around us!

  • Pigeons are monogamous; i.e., they mate for life, and the survivor accepts a new mate only slowly. []
  •  Pigeons are thought to be monogamous but there are no studies, to our knowledge, which verify this assumption using  molecular techniques. To establish positive familial relationships between parents and offspring, DNA fingerprinting  studies are being conducted on ten established pairs. Pairs are identified by observation and blood is collected from  adults and chicks. DNA isolated from the blood is dialyzed, digested with the restriction endonuclease Hae III, and the fragments are transferred to nylon membranes.  The membranes are probed using radioactively labeled Jeffreys’ probes,
    which are multilocus probes used to identify banding patterns in DNA.  Probing of the membranes is performed by Dr. Patricia Parker at Ohio State University.  Banding patterns are compared between parents and offspring. Results obtained to date show that pigeons are monogamous. []
  • An interesting read []

This post is inspired by Kate’s Friday Foto Fun




घास पर पत्ते कुछ यूं गिरे,

मानो सहलाने उतरे हों।

अपना वज़न अपनी अना,

ऊपर शाख़ पर ही छोड़ आये।




मेरे द्वारा खींची तस्वीर के लिए कुछ शब्द…

यूं तारों पे न बसर होता,

काश उसकी गली में अपना मकां होता।

बहुत कुछ लुटा देते उस पर,

गर थोड़ी सी जमीं, थोड़ा सा आसमां  होता।



Photograph should speak: XDrive Photo Lesson 2

We have heard about back benchers or/and late comers. I introduce myself as one late comer ( 6 weeks late 😀 ), to “Learn Photography” sessions  introduced by Raj@XDrive!

In his second lesson Raj talks about “Photograph should speak”, an excellent post. The bullet points are fantastic.  I agree to many of his points. When I share a photo, I want it to express something different. To tell a different story.

Landscape in late winter!

He suggests us to think

(A) “……“Why should I click this picture?” Before you click always imagine a finished photograph what you are going to create. Think about it, ask a question, is this going to be an unique photo I am going to be taking?” He has given excellent example of Taj Mahal.


(B) “don’t just jump at it and shoot, take a moment to think about what you are trying to showcase here?

My point of view:

With due respect to Raj, I would like to say (A) & (B) are possible when my subject is still. Also in the beginning (for me as a newbie), it was very difficult to imagine a finished photograph. After lot of trial and error now I feel (a little) comfortable about the end product when photographing still objects. After using different focal lengths and by changing my positions I see the difference in my results. Yes, I can take a moment, observe my subject and think if I should photograph.

These days I work more with moving objects specially birds. Sunshine and proper light is a big issue in my part of world.  Oh yes! and I cannot forget rain. Which restricts my practice time to a greater extent. Capturing bird movements is hardest ever assignment.  I have less than a fraction of time to think. My simplest solution is I focus and as I see some movements I follow a bird.


The first photography was taken from inside a moving bus.  Earlier I was not able to focus, but now I manage better. My goal was to capture the snow,  mountains and part of the road.

In the other two, I was observing birds and that’s what I want to show!

Please help me, how shall I review my work without being biased! Thanks in advance!