Field work – Netravali

Field work. For a student, it is the drudgery of gathering and collating first hand data. While for a farmer, it is a world of its own. It wouldn’t be wrong to say that this weekend, I experienced ‘field work’, first hand!

Netravali (or as the signboards put it, Neturlim) is a part of the western ghats of Goa lying between the Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary to its north and Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary to its south. A 75 km drive from Panaji and we were in the most ethereal surroundings I have seen in a long time.

The first view of the hills capped with dark rain clouds left me awestruck!

Netravali forest range and clouds

The rain clouds soon translated into heavy shower…

rain on the glass

… but not after I had tried my hand at a few scenic captures.

Small waterfall

Mushrooms on a dried log

Netravali boasts of Black Panthers, Great Pied Hornbills, King Cobras, Giant Squirrels, Slender Loris. Though we were not lucky enough to chance on any of these, the purple crab, the dung beetle and the ‘armor plated bug’ that we spotted were quite a find!

Fields of Netravali Panorama

The way back had its own surprises in store. It was the time of the year when people transplant the rice-paddy and the people in the Netravali village did not object to us interrupting them with our photography and our questions… 🙂

Transplanting rice paddy

Step farming

Dusk

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One response to “Field work – Netravali

  1. ‘opportunists’ just steals the cake ! lovely colours and DoF. Netravali forest range looks amazing and makes me want to be there… and finally, i like the look of homeward bound 🙂 too bad abt the rains and the insects 😦 i’m sure those would have made great shots

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