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Nepal pt 2- Chitwan National Park

Discussion in 'Scenic, Architecture, and Travel' started by phrenic, May 2, 2012.

  1. phrenic

    phrenic Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 13, 2010
    One of the highlights of this part of the trip was the elephant safari. Unfortunately, being perched on a small, crowded platform..while moving on a lumbering elephant has to be one of the worst shooting platforms I can imagine. It is not an easy place to change settings on the camera.. Harsh light conditions, mixed with uneven lighting from forests only makes things worse. But enough about the challenges..

    The driver

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    Lots of deers!
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    Some locals who wanted pictures with us exotic foreigners..

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    A glimpse of the rural life:

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    And another fun side trip, the crocodile riverboat cruise..they get you pretty close to the riverbanks and the 15-20ft crocodiles! My lovely wife got to use the 40-150.

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    Though I did pretty well with the E-P1 and 14-45mm.
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    Here's a photo that I enjoy and currently is displayed in our hallway:

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    And I'll end with a photo that I meant to post up with the last set from Kathmandu.

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  2. These Nepal pics are bringing back some great memories for me. Sadly the Elephant ride throught Chitwan (or more specifically the comfort of that ride) was not one of them. A footrest around the edge of the platform would've made it so much more pleasant an experience. I didn't take many pictures at all during the second half of the ride; I just wanted to get off!

    The shot of the Elephant spraying itself with water is well worth printing. Great job.
  3. JudyM

    JudyM Mu-43 All-Pro

    May 5, 2010
    Westminster, MD
    Wonderful set of photos. Your elephant photo is a real joy. I also really like #4.
  4. phrenic

    phrenic Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 13, 2010

    Yeah that's understandable..I had my hands full trying to ensure my camera bag wouldn't fall off the mounting post, while wielding a body around my next and another slung over my shoulder. And if the platform leans lower on your end, you get the post in your gut/groin area. Good times. :tongue:
  5. PSimmons

    PSimmons Mu-43 Veteran

    Mar 24, 2010
    Central Florida
    Indian Rhino are extremely rare, good for you getting to see one
  6. phrenic

    phrenic Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 13, 2010
    Yeah I imagine we were lucky..saw a small group including a pretty young one.

    Unfortunately didn't see any sloth bears or tigers, but I know the odds aren't very good.
  7. You would have to be extremely lucky to see a tiger in Chitwan, and ridiculously lucky to see a sloth bear. The Rhinos didn't seem too bothered by the presence of elephants, but it would be rare to see them if you are walking in a group.
  8. andy121

    andy121 New to Mu-43

    Jun 6, 2012
    The park consists of a diversity of ecosystems, including the Churia hills, ox-bow lakes and the flood plains of the Rapti, Reu and Narayani rivers. The Churia hills rise slowly towards the east from 150m. to more than 800m. The western portion of the park is comprised of the lower but more ruged “Someshwor hills”. The park shares its western boundary with the “Parsa Wildlife Reserve”.

    The Chitwan valley consists tropical and subtropical forests. Sal forests cover 70 percent of the park. Sal leaves are used locally for plates in festivals and religious offering.

    Grassland covers 20% of the park area. There are more that 50 different types of grasses, including the elephant grass (Saccharum spp.), renowned for its immense height. It can grow up to 8meter. The shorter grasses (Imperata spp.) are used for roof thatching, and mats, rope and paper making purpose. The park is home for more that 50 mammal species, over 525 birds, and 55 amphibians and reptiles. The endangered fauna found in the park area.

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