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9th April 2013

What brilliant photos throughout the blog and in your panoramas. I'm quickly getting hooked on your blogs!
9th April 2013

Watch this space...
Thanks Michelle. There are some bloggers here who take truly world-class pictures. I just try to take photos that I'm not too ashamed to show others! As for panoramas, I love the super new system - why would anyone want just one panorama when you can have a dozen, eh?
8th April 2013
Indian Roller in flight

High Flying Photos!
While your dubious ability to tell a Purple Swamphen from a White-eared Bulbul left me wondering about your birding prowess - come on, everyone knows that! ;) - you have redeemed yourself through photos. Great shot of the Indian Roller! What gorgeous plumage.
8th April 2013
Indian Roller in flight

I'm a 'birder' in training!
All I can say is: the 'Grey haired nomads' are great teachers. As for the Indian Roller, it's a fleeting flash of colour and this is one of many shots - but the only one that's even remotely in focus!! I'm still learning...
7th April 2013

Beautiful photos!
I love your "suspicious sadhu" especially.
7th April 2013

Thank you Rachel. There's an adventure and a photo waiting on every corner in incredible India - you just have to be on that corner at the right moment. As you and Nehru rightly observe in your Profile: 'There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open'.
6th April 2013

Hi!
I read with interest your comments about Ranthambore and the tigers. I have to admit, I am aware of the situation. Some people pay huge money, stay close to a week...and see no tiger. They seems to have other reserves in India with Tigers, but Ranthambore stay the best known...maybe thanks to a great Oberoi...but no tigers. I love safaris...but have decided not to put this one on top of my list of things to see....exactly because of what you are writting....now if people are birders...it's another thing! Great blog by the way!
6th April 2013

The invisible tigers
It is such a great pity that an endangered species should be subjected to such neglect. Ranthambore could be, and should be, better managed. Birders are spoilt, however! And, if you like birds, just wait for my next blog - Keoladeo (Bharatpur) was just amazing - and I'm not even a birder!
6th April 2013

Ranthambore Wildlife
Life is never roses all the way, but I guess that just about sums it up! David
6th April 2013
Indian Roller in flight

At least you were able to find some bright spots - like this bird! Stunning! - in what sounds like an otherwise disappointing (yet fairly portrayed) adventure.
6th April 2013
Indian Roller in flight

Ranthambore - such a pity!
Thanks for your comments. I did try to be as fair as I could about what turned out to be a somewhat disappointing three days - fortunately brightened by birds outside of the reserve. Oh, and I have a better shot of an Indian Roller taken in Keoladeo, which I'll include in my next blog.
2nd April 2013

Re: Bloggins?
I intended to blog here on our south east Asia trip in 2009 but sadly didn't get around to it. I did write my own "offline" journal perhaps I'll convert to online one day.... I love reading blogs though, have been an avid armchair traveler for 6 years now....
2nd April 2013

Go on, you know you want to...!
It's never too late to convert that offline journal into a TravelBlog - just a Cut and Paste away! When I've finished this series, I'm telling the world about a trip to India in 1997 - using my wife's diary. All I have to do is find the photos I took at the time!
1st April 2013
Camel cart

Not every day
Can't recall a photo of a camel pulling a cart so this is a beauty. As to salt...I recently discovered or realised that salt from different places tastes different to others. Maybe you could create a niche market outside India if the salt is delightfully tasty. You have not mentioned the taste...does it excite?
1st April 2013
Camel cart

Ships of the desert - and salt
Camels are used quite a lot for pulling carts in Rajasthan - I'll try to include one or two pictures in later blogs. As for the salt, I sampled a wet fingertip of Sambhar and it tasted just like salt (alas!).
31st March 2013

:)
Stumbled across your blog, I like your way of blogging, plus your way of traveling is different to the usual backpacker style found 95% of the time on here. Also, I've been following "Grey haired nomads" for a very long time... Looking forward to reading your adventure
31st March 2013

Bloggins?
Well, yes, I'm too old to stumble around the world with a rucksack on my back! My style's more detailed, my brother's style (he's half of the 'Grey haired nomads', as you've probably discovered) is more descriptive. Put us both together and you've got some good blogs! Now where are the blogs that go with your name?! :-)
30th March 2013

The Bactrian camels we rode today were very amiable...
yours must have been cantankerous from the haircut.
29th March 2013
A well-stuffed tractor

Now that's a load
Inspirational to read how India opens up to you largely due to the connections you have developed over the years. And the camels...gotta luv 'em.
30th March 2013
A well-stuffed tractor

Luv 'em
I feel very privileged to have met that boy all those years ago. As you rightly observe, India now has new meaning for me. I would happily live there - I'd just have to persuade my wife to like the spicy food, poverty, lack of hygiene, heat, monsoons... oh, and camels are not her favourites either!
29th March 2013
First prize

Incredible!
I have never seen anything like this. This is just awesome. I love love love your panorama slideshow and these camel photos and the story of the hospitality and the beautiful tents! I've just GOT to go now!!!! Thanks so much for sharing this. Great work!!
29th March 2013
First prize

Incredible India!
Yes, you just never know what incredible things will pop up and hit you between the eyes when you're in India. The designs on that camel were stunning.
29th March 2013

I'm getting the hump.
Good one Mike! David
29th March 2013

The beautiful camel
Yes, camels are cantankerous, obstinate beasts with a confronting odour but camels are really adorable. I'm very impressed by the design on the winning camel. I'm seen such work before in Pushkar in India, but never to the high level you photographed. Might be worth a return trip to India just to attend the Nagaur Fair.
29th March 2013

Call the designer!
I guessed I'd hear from you! Camels,' adorable'? I'd say 'interesting' perhaps, particularly when they're wearing such fine coats. Before you go to Nagaur, remember to phone the number on that camel to make sure the designer will be there!

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