” My Own Forest … a delight forever ! “

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Actions  speak  louder  than  words … so  they  say !

… and  TheUntamedEarth  is  very  happy  to  bring  to  you  this  wonderful  story, all  the  way  from  a  small  village  in  Assam. The  vision  of  a  father, the  pain  and  also  the  passion  of  a  young  boy  which  blossomed  in  to  an  unwavering  love  for  nature  and  above  all  the  benevolence  of  Nature, all  combine  together  to  make  this  fabulous  tale !

In  an  era  of  instant  gratification  and  instant results … this  story  unfolding  over  almost  three  decades,  highlights that  there  are  also  some  different  and  perhaps  more  divine  measures  of  Time!

Enjoy !

TheUntamedEarth

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“My  Own  Forest … a  delight  forever !” 

It was a cold winter morning. My father was inspecting the timber which had just arrived. A typical “Assam Type” house construction was going on. I was a small boy of std. V, standing behind my  father.

“This  will  be  the  last  one” … father murmured.

“Why?” … I  asked.

“Because  there  will  be  no  Sal  trees  left.”

I kept quiet … Unknowingly I felt some deep pain somewhere.

“Then….?  What  shall  I  do?” I  asked.

“ Plant  trees.”  Father said.

It  was  the  early  Eighty’s … 

The next day father brought some saplings and gave me to plant it. I planted them … one of them was an Eucalyptus, which is now visible from miles away. After few days I went to a nearby social forestry office and requested  for saplings. I received around forty of them. Father told me to plant them in the remote corners of our compound. It was the beginning. Later on planting trees became a hobby for me and I planted trees in every possible place.

… Slowly my own forest began to shape up.

I had to leave my village after std. X for higher studies. Eventually I could not return home   except during college holidays. Once on job, visiting home become even more rare, may be twice or thrice in a year. Still on every visit I  used  to  plant  trees  as required (as many plants died).

Now almost three decades after that process began, my forest has matured enough.

'View  Of  The  Forest'

‘View Of The Forest’

Size wise it is small, rather very small. Main plantation area is of about two Bighas. In Assam,  a Bigha is 14400 ft2 (1337.8 m2). My initial plantation was mostly Gomari ( Gmelina arborea ), a few Sisu (Dalbergia sissoo). Later stage, I  planted Teeta Champa (Michelia champaca ) and Teak ( Tectona grandis ). However  most  of  the  Gomaris  are  now  no  more ( attained maturity and  eventually  used for its timber).All  of the Sisu, except two, died because of some unknown reasons and both of them are outside the main area. A few plants are in the boundary of our compound but boundary is mostly covered with bamboo cultivation.

It is now home to many birds and also  offers food to many visiting birds. Spotted Doves, Tree Pies, Magpie Robins, Common Mynas, Jungle Mynas, Pied Mynas, Brahminy  Mynas, Hawk Cuckoos, Tailor Birds, Sunbirds, White breasted King Fishers, Woodpeckers, White browed Flycatchers, Monarch Flycatchers, Gray Headed Canary Fly Catchers, Great Tits, Orioles, Munias, Drongos, Hoopoes, Koels, Shrikes, Owls, Bulbuls, Babblers ,Barbets, Waterhens,  White Eyes, Warblers …  etc. can be seen anytime.

'White  browed  Flycatcher'

‘White browed Flycatcher’

 

'Tailor Bird'

‘Tailor Bird’

 

Most  importantly, my forest hosts  a big family  of macro life. In fact, it is now an excellent place  for  macro  photography.

Many times one has to return from reputed national parks with no significant photographic  activity. Even on one of my own safaris, I could not press the shutter even once. But my forest never disappoints  me … I  always  return  with  deep satisfaction … only  to  calculate  the  date for my next visit !

Rajesh  Nath

 

The  ’Macro’  world  from  my  forest.

'Orchids' - Cymbidium aloifolium  and  Cylindrical  Vanda

‘Orchids’ – Cymbidium aloifolium and Cylindrical Vanda

 

Insects  etc

T Rt Clockwise : Ground  Skimmer, Damsel  Fly, Giant  Wood  Spider, Robber  Fly

T Rt Clockwise : Ground Skimmer, Damsel Fly, Giant Wood Spider, Robber Fly

 

 

'The  Headlight  Eyes - Jumping Spider'

‘The Headlight Eyes – Jumping Spider’

 

 

Butterflies :

T Rt Clockwise : Punchinello, Peacock  Pansy, Plum  Judy, Common  Leopard

T Rt Clockwise : Punchinello, Peacock Pansy, Plum Judy, Common Leopard

 

T Rt Clockwise : Grey  Pansy,  Gram  Blue, Lesser  Grass  Blue, Common  Pierrot

T Rt Clockwise : Grey Pansy, Gram Blue, Lesser Grass Blue, Common Pierrot

 

T Rt Clockwise : Leopard  Lacewing, Common  Red  Eye,  Painted  Jezebel, Common  Grass  Yellow

T Rt Clockwise : Leopard Lacewing, Common Red Eye, Painted Jezebel, Common Grass Yellow

 

L to R : Bronze  Grass  Skink, Oriental  Garden  Lizard

L to R : Bronze Grass Skink, Oriental Garden Lizard

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RAJESH  NATH

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rajdusuraj@yahoo.co.in

“ I am working as Senior Manager (ATM) in Airports Authority of India and presently posted at Guwahati Airport. My  passion  for  nature  photography  stems  from  my  ardent  love  for  nature.

“Care  for nature  and  she  will return your  care  forever – is  my  firm  belief ! ”

Address :

Flat  No C – 2, Govind  Apartment

Azara, Guwahati – 17

 

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6 Responses to ” My Own Forest … a delight forever ! “

  1. Tushar Patil says:

    Dear Rajesh Sir.
    This is truely inspirational work. 3 Decades is a long time hatt’s of to your dedication and the result can be seen in the forest image.

    Loved the article. It is like a fairy tale. Loved your macro images specially rober fly and all the Butterfly Images. Wish to visit your forest some day.

    Regards,
    Tushar

  2. UJWALA SHEVADE says:

    A very nice story and beautiful images.

  3. Varada Shevade says:

    This is a lovely article. Through your images and write-up you have captured how this small plantation of yours has come to support such great diversity of life. It shows how small green places can also give us so much joy.

    Wonderful work Mr. Nath.

  4. Rajeshbhai,..this is truly inspirational…we always hear stories what difference one Man can make….you have practically performed magic….all d best…

  5. Yashwant Utpat says:

    Dear Shri Rajesh, your work may look like common thing, but the uncommon ness of the same is you’re passion and continuity of the same, hope this will inspire other people…. Keep it up

  6. Pramod Prabhu says:

    Hats off to your strong urge to plant trees which could take place due to your strong determination.

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