The story of a birth and a death, told through fossils

This is the second post in the series – The Himalayas The aim of the series is to give a short introduction to the history, ecology and conservation issues in the Himalayas. Follow links to read more. Priya Tamma writes ~ Standing at the top of the mountains around the Spiti valley, my friend recalls being flushed with excitement. At these highest parts of the Himalayas, it’s a breathtaking panorama – wide open valleys and snow clad mountains, clear cold winds and a blue sky envelop you. But it was not the beauty that was making my friend excited. ‘Fossils’, … Continue reading The story of a birth and a death, told through fossils

The power of beauty

This is the fifth post in the series Specimen Tales Anand Krishnan writes ~ In meditating upon birds, one of the first thoughts to spring to most people’s minds is their beauty. For many, this beauty may arise simply in the mannerisms of the bird, a simple, understated elegance. Most commonly, however, our perceptions of avian beauty are tied largely to color, the varying hues of plumage that span a large proportion of the visible spectrum of light (and even the ultraviolet!). Many families of birds are gorgeously patterned in contrasting colors, with elaborate ornamentation. This has, in the past and … Continue reading The power of beauty

And the Himalayas are formed…

This is the first post in the series The Himalayas I still remember the first time I saw the Himalayas. I was in a flight going from Delhi to Chandigarh, and the pilot was flying sorties waiting the final signal to land. Chandigarh is situated just at the base of the Himalayas, and from the height I was at, I could see the entire mountain chain. The snow clad mountains towering over the smaller greener mountains was a sight to behold. For a South Indian, who had never seen snow before, the sight was, well, just too pretty. Sure, one had … Continue reading And the Himalayas are formed…