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Country Roads

 

Country Road snakes through a bamboo thicket at the Satyamangalam Tiger Reserve in Tamil Nadu, India.

What started off as a breakfast ride slowly inched itself to a three day ride to witness the blooms of Neelakurinji flowers. The Neelakurinji flowers blooms once in 12 years and 2018 is the year of bloom.

However much before I reached Munnar, I took the road which climbs up towards the remote outpost of Dimbham. I still hadn’t decided to extend the ride to Munnar. At this point the plan was to go down towards Bannari, then turn left towards Mettur Dam and then back to Bangalore.

The road wanders through a think jungle reserve which is a pleasure to ride through. A while ago the road saw hardly any traffic. However, over the last few years I have seen the traffic increase manifold.

This picture was taken when I stopped for a small break. The road was flanked by a dense bamboo thicket. Parking the bike I strolled though the thicket, enjoying the coolness of the shade. There was adequate elephant dung and broken bamboos to indicate the frequent visits by the elephants. I decided not to venture far.

Technical details: Olympus Pen-F + 12-40mm, F/4, 1/160s, ISO200

This picture is from the Neelakurinji Adventures Bike Ride which is blogged at: https://lokeshshah.wordpress.com/2018/10/20/bike-ride-neelakurinji-adventures-pictures/

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