Bondla Sunday

One day for classes to begin, and I wanted to make the most of the weekend. Sunday saw me at Bondla with a small
group of friends.
Bondla http://www.goa-tourism.com/abt_goa.asp?id=4&title=forests is one of the smaller wildlife sanctuaries in
Goa in Ponda. After an hour’s drive from Panjim, we were at the gates paying our toll.
Took a walk around a small lake which houses a couple of crocodiles. Try and spot one (Clue: if you find bubbles
rising to the surface of the water, there is a high probabality that there is a croc down under ;))
It’s always good to keep your eyes on the ground in these places. There is always an occassional mushroom or a
unique frog …
There was this interesting caterpillar who stuck on to the windshield of my car for quite some time
Interesting tree formation. Stems that are coiled like high tension wires, roots that exude water…
We found our way to the “Watch-tower” from where there were a number of birds we spotted, though most were
too quick for me to capture on camera. A mention also of the numerous spiders you can spot out here
Rains and forests… and you will chance upon numerous fresh water springs like this one.
It was then an afternoon swim in a fast flowing stream, with the falling rain all over… not exactly a time for
photography…
But that place had a host of butterflies all over and none too shy to be photographed!
Deer are a common site in the trees. And this was one of the gutsy deer that didn’t mind striking a pose.

One day for classes to begin, and I wanted to make the most of the weekend. Sunday saw me at Bondla with a small group of friends.

Bondla is one of the smaller wildlife sanctuaries in Goa (Ponda). After an hour’s drive from Panjim, we were at the gates paying our toll.

Toll Gate Bondla

Toll Gate Bondla

Took a walk around a small lake which houses a couple of crocodiles. Try and spot one (Clue: if you find bubbles rising to the surface of the water, there is a high probabality that there is a croc down under ;))

Spot the crocodile

Spot the crocodile

Crocodile lake

Crocodile lake

It’s always good to keep your eyes on the ground in these places. There is always an occassional mushroom or a unique frog …

Three is company

Three is company

Dont try this at home

Dont try this at home

There was this interesting caterpillar who stuck on to the windshield of my car for quite some time

Underbelly caterpillar

Underbelly caterpillar

Interesting tree formation. Stems that are coiled like high tension wires, roots that exude water…

High tension tree trunks

High tension tree trunks

Exudates

Exudates

We found our way to the “Watch-tower” from where there were a number of birds we spotted, though most were too quick for me to capture on camera.

Watch tower

Watch tower

Blue bee-eater

Blue bee-eater

A mention also of the many spiders you can spot out here

How many legs should a spider have?

How many legs should a spider have?

Spidey

Spidey

Rains and forests… and you will chance upon numerous fresh water springs like this one.

Spring up!

Spring up!

Giant ant

Giant ant

It was then an afternoon swim in a fast flowing stream, with the falling rain all over… not exactly a time for photography…

But that place had a host of butterflies all over and none too shy to be photographed!

Butterfly and the fly

Butterfly and the fly

Black or white

Black or white

This leaf is where I want to be

This leaf is where I want to be

Is it me you're looking for?

Is it me you're looking for?

Beauty!

Beauty!

Competition

Competition

Deer are a common site in the trees. And this was one of the gutsy deer that didn’t mind striking a pose.

Spot-a-deer

Spot-a-deer

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8 responses to “Bondla Sunday

  1. I didn’t notice that a couple of pics were in B&W until i looked thru them again!

    ‘Three is company’ is cool and seems just right, on the other hand, ‘high tension tree trunks’ could have been over-exposed a bit more to get some details of the textures of the trunks. If that’s there in the original colour image, try out some black and white filter effects in photoshop to see if you can get those textures in the B&W image.

    The ‘underbelly caterpiller’ is great ! how did it finally get off the windshield of your car? : )

    Loved the ‘spidey’ pic. textbook spider pose from that fellow…

    just a thought on ‘competition’, can you try a landscape crop instead of a portrait crop, keep the lower part of the image and crop out part of the upper part (to make it landscape)

    good pics in all : )

  2. great pics giovi! “Dont’ try this at home” wins hands down (for me!) …I’d like to get that little fella on to my hands! (only if he’s not the poisonous kind i.e.) 😉

  3. these are really really great pics!!! i love the mushrooms pic…looks so damn professional!!!
    just wondering…isnt the pretty lil creature in ‘This leaf is where I want to be’ actually a moth??

    i think this place is gonna be on my ‘must visit’ places list!!!

  4. giovannidcunha

    Sharon, I guess my zoology is getting pretty rusty!!! I thought the wing structure of moths was different… but I would not want to argue.
    Thanks for the compliments though!

  5. Hey Giovi!!!!

    More cool stuff fm u yaaa!!!! heheh… makes me wanna strt a blog!!!! 😀

    hmmm… my favz were Competition… (hw did u get dat??? lookz like such.. ‘u hv a micro sec 2 click dis pic’ pic!!!!) n High tension tree trunks!!!! even tho i guess sm1z commented dat they cud hv been better!!! :)))

    n abt da debate on whether itz a butterfly or a moth….. uhh.. i say itz has da usual color of moths n the structure of a butterfly (more like a mutterfly!!! :)))… k m losin it..) but my vote goes 4 butterfly!!!! 😀

  6. Hey giovi…just got to know about your blog…the pics are fantastic!:) & i noticed the personalized signature watermark thing too on each of them!:)

    • Thanks Pat! It’s so great to hear from you after ages! I started off this blog as a platform to display pics, which I would usually do on facebook… took a cue from Lydia actually, who disapprovingly said, ‘Facebook is only for faces!’ 😉

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