I’ve been way behind my posting schedule. It’s quite unlike me to delay an invite to a challenge. I’d like to start this post with an apology to Christina, from JUSTBLUEDUTCH, for participating in the Seven Day Nature Challenge — a month late. Christina lives in Kuwait with her Dutch husband and toddler daughter. She blogs about her expat life, travel, and life as a parent. Thanks for the invite, Christina. I wasn’t joking when I said I needed time. I do hope this post makes up for the lost time. 

Bandhavgarh National Park, India
Khajuraho Temple Complex, India.

Have you ever visited a jungle? It breathes life. There’s no knowing, what’s lurking behind the tall blades of grass or hiding behind a dead tree. It’s hard to shake-off the feeling of being constantly watched. The feeling of haplessness is understandable.

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Bandhavgarh National Park
Kaziranga National Park, India.

As you walk deeper, into the dense thicket of trees, you might want to believe, you’re more familiar with your surroundings. The unease might slowly disappear. And the beads of perspiration might evaporate altogether. But, make no mistake. You have no natural ally here. Your ears aren’t attuned to the calls of distress. It’s easy to forget. You’re not the predator here. But, in all likelihood, you could be the prey.

Bandhavgarh National Park, India.
Bandhavgarh National Park, India.

After a few more anxious moments and wobbly, jelly feet — your eyes will stop seeing. And you will begin to watch with your ears. Every sound will have an vivid image. If you’re not careful — imagination might blind reality. And fear will cloud judgement. Is it dark already? Daylight was your last known companion. Perhaps, it’s a good time say goodbye and return to concrete jungle.

Here are the original set of rules for the Seven Day Nature Challenge. I’m going to tweak them a bit. Since, I don’t post more than thrice a week, I’ll reduce the number of days to three. I understand that many bloggers feel obligated to participate — once named. Instead, I’d like to invite anyone — who would like to participate — to take part in the challenge. 

Posted by:twobrownfeet

Writer-Photographer Duo. Now in Seoul.

43 replies on “Tales from the Jungle

  1. I love this post, Cheryl. I’ve been thinking about visiting the national parks in India for quite a while now. This post just makes me more eager to get over there 🙂

    1. I’m glad you enjoyed reading the post, Kim. 🙂 I’ve been wanting to see the Jungle Book. And I’ve missed it. That’s what inspired this post. It is believed, Rudyard Kipling was inspired by the Nationals Parks in Pench or Kanha. All lie within the state of Madhya Pradesh, in India. 🙂 I’m not surprised – if he was.

      1. I had heard that was his inspiration too! Hence why Pench is one of the national parks I’m keen to see. The Jungle Book looks like it would be good – like yourself though, I’m not sure if I’ve missed it or not! Hope you’re having a great week so far 🙂

      2. Ah! I went hiking over the weekend. My fitness isn’t what I thought it to be. My legs are screaming in pain. Hehe! 🙂 Basil, on the other hand, laughs at my misery.

      3. Hehe! My new goal is to get fit. A week back, I was climbing staircases with the ‘Rocky’ tune in my head. Today, whilst climbing the stairs, all I could hear was my yelps. 🙂
        We’ll get there. I’m sure of it!

    1. Thanks, Josh! I wish I could stay in a forest or spend more time in a jungle. Although, it’s not a wise idea. The threats are real. Besides, most of these national parks do not allow visitors for more than an hour of safari time. It’s good for the animals. Helps protect them. That’s unless you’re a forest ranger or a conservationist. 🙂

      1. That sounds like a plan. 🙂 Summer is ideal for big cat sightings. Although, the heat will be unbearable. Most parks are closed between June-September due to the rains. October – February is perfect with the climate being cool. I must add, guided trips (the only way in the forest) tend to be a costly affair, but it’s worth every rupee spent. 🙂

  2. Just amazingly done Cheryl..I love following this thread since I know you are going to bring us along into wonderful photo-journey of yours.
    Beautiful place, the rugged beauty of the jungle comes alive and It would be an exciting adventure to get lost in the jungle.

    Thank you for the mention. 🙂

    1. Thank you, Christina! I tried hard to hurry with my other posts. Despite my best efforts, it took a month. Your encouragement means a lot. And I could do with the positivity of your words. Truly appreciate the invite to the challenge. 🙂

      1. No worries..the most important thing is that you enjoyed doing it & not just for the sake of challenge. I am getting to know you more & more from your perspectives in Life, and the way you write your travel memoirs…that’s wonderful Cheryl.Its always my pleasure to cross paths with you.
        Looking forward to see your feet getting more dirtier & brownier…( from travelling : )

    1. Thank you so much for stopping by and showering us with praise.It means a lot. And we love your blog too! Just the other day, Basil and I were admiring your photography. I hope you are getting better with each passing day. Hoping for a speedy recovery!

    1. Thanks, Debbie! Basil had to struggle with many of these shots due to movement of the vehicle and low lighting (before sunrise). Was lucky to get a few good shots.

      1. He did click over 100 shots and that averages the odds of a good snap. Many were a waste. Some of these were shot after we pleaded the forest ranger to stop the vehicle. Back then, I was freezing (in Bandhavgarh) to worry if the shots came good or not. I think, photographers always have it tough. 🙂

  3. omg, I’ve never been to a jungle (the urban jungle doesnt count lol 🙂 , but these images feel almost like I am there 🙂 such a great post…

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