I recently visited Phnom Penh, Cambodia, for a conservation workshop on saving the Eastern Sarus Cranes and the wetlands they need to survive in southeast Asia. One evening our group visited a temple near the hotel and we met this little female long-tailed macaque. She and her sister were digging into the fruit found inside lotus flowers, originally brought to the temple as offerings.
The previous photo of the “school bus” on the streets of Delhi is the anomaly. This is what the traffic is really like, especially on the streets of Old Delhi, a walled city within a city. The 2016 census estimates a population of 18.6 million people, which has risen by nearly a million in just two short years. Perhaps you can see the concentration necessary to navigate such a scene in the eyes of my friend – a resident of India’s capital. He prefers to drive out of the city whenever possible.
One of many visual contradictions encountered in Delhi. There were stray dogs everywhere – so many that they simply blended into the mass of people and vehicles that left few voids to be occupied by any new body or object. This pooch found a private spot and added to the window dressing of one of New Delhi’s upscale clothiers.
Last week I visited India for the first International Conference on the Conservation of Sarus Cranes and Wetlands in Uttar Pradesh, at a center about 5 hours from Delhi. We had just one day in the city before heading home. Our hosts took us to this Madrasa and the artist below graciously allowed me to take a photograph of his work in progress.
I just returned from a very last minute and too-brief trip to an international conference on the Sarus Crane in Saifai, India. Here are a couple of photos from the adventure. A traditional and well known dance troupe performed for delegates of the conference on the first night. Our final day was spent on a whirlwind tour of Delhi, and I will sort and share photos in the days and weeks ahead.