Shri Jasnath Asan, Rajasthan, India
Photo © Shri Jasnath Asan, 2016
Journeyed past the ashram fortress wall about 6:15 for a couple of km drive to Karmlai, a pond owned by Shri Jasnath Asan. Arrived just as the sun was coming up and was greeted by a spectacular sunrise. Every day I walk in beauty. I can’t ask more than that, and I do realize how privileged I am to have this experience.
Saw a herd of about 15 nilgai waiting to come down to the pond to drink. Also known as “blue cows,” niglai are asia’s largest antelope and are endemic to the Indian subcontinent. A very large antelope, with the males up to 290kg and possess two small, 15 – 24 cm, straight horns. Females are way smaller, about 150kg and without horns. An odd fact for your next trivia game – the niglai were first introduced to Texas in the 1920s and the 1930s. As of 2008, the feral population in Texas is nearly 37,000.
The other remarkable bird today was the Indian black ibis a huge 68 cm tall breeding resident of the region. The plumage was glossy black with naked skin of the head black with a bright red crown and nape. It from a distance remind you of our ibises in southern Nevada until you realize the size and catch a glimpse of that spectacular red skin on the head.
Also saw a few old friends, mallards and gadwalls on the pond. Again another species so similar to ours … but not quite … was the black-winged stilt. It had different black and white color patterns but still had those same fabulous long brightly colored legs of the black-necked stilt that is commonly seen in our region..
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Sharon K. Schafer
I paint, photograph, and speak about wild places in an act of reciprocity that is as vital to me as heartbeat or breath.
My interest in the magic and mystery of the natural world lies at the intersection of art and science.
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