Cycling with my camera

Cycling can be lonely, but in a good way. It gives you a moment to breathe and think, and get away from what you’re working on.
David Byrne

“Cyclers see considerably more of this beautiful world than any other class of citizens. A good bicycle, well applied, will cure most ills this flesh is heir to” Dr. K. K. Doty

It is at the time of dawn that we must commune with the gods. Apollonius of Tyana

Birds and humans of Kadamakkudy – The special bond between the Parrot and Shanmughan

Shanmughan a portrait

This time, he was with a parrot with whom he has developed a special bond. He does not own this parrot. Every day morning this parrot makes a visit to his house. Shanmughan and his family give him food. Then the parrot accompanies Shanmughan for a while and then disappears to reappear the next day. Shanmughan says that this parrot has a special knack to pick up cigarettes and cigarette lighters from his home and throw them out. Here is Shanmughan with the parrot at the main road cutting across of Kadamakkudy Islands

Shanmughan with the Parrot

May be, the birds have a special power to identify those with a beautiful heart like Shanmughan who is very soft spoken person. When I asked for his permission to photograph him, he had this small request….Sir, will you please get me a copy of the photograph. Last time when you published my photograph , lot of people told me about it, but I could not see it as I do not use neither a phone nor a computer……

Shanmughan’s photograph, captured almost a year back

This time, I will definitely give you a printed copy of your photograph. Thank you dear friend for spending some time for me, amidst your daily struggle for your daily catch of fish. Good bye, till we meet next time.

Kadamakkudy in a festive mood….

As usual, it was a  bit of a struggle to wake up and venture out early in the morning, especially on a Sunday. Still, the lure of cycling, photography and Kadamakkudy had the last laugh today. As usual, Kadamakkudy does not disappoint anyone who does not have any specific agenda. Or, is that a global truth?. If my focus was only on bird photography, that would have been a great disappointment as there were not many of them around.  Instead, Kadamakkudy and it’s people were in a joyful mood. The general mood at Kadamakkudy is festive now, as they are all gearing up for the tourist fest and the next season of prawn farming. Chettaa…kaanaarillallo?….(elder brother…not to be seen these days…) from the wayside focused my attention to these two men, gathering clay to fill the  mud wall separating  their Chemmeen kettu (prawn farm) from the Veeran puzha (river) flowing next to their chemmeen kettu. 

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They are in search of good clay…..to fill up the mud wall of the prawn farms (Chemmeen kettu).  If you observe carefully in the photo below, you will see a small opening in the middle of the mud wall, which  is a kind of a shutter valve made of wood. They call it as Cheerpu, which is the one and only entrance for water into and out of their farm. During the high tide, they open the shutter valve to allow the water from the river to enter the prawn farms and then they close it.  During the low tide, they open it partially, thus allowing a steady supply of river water into the prawn farms alias Chemmeen Kettu. The Chemmen kettu season starts soon. Now the entire life at  Kadamakkudy is gearing up towards it.

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The people of Kadamakkudy are very loving and innocent….I love them…Kadamakkudy is a in a festive mood, as the rainy season is almost over, the Christmas is round the corner, the tourism fest is near and above all because of the beginning of the Chemmeen kettu season, everyone has employment….

A piece of  true life story from a lazy cyclist, photographer and blogger…:-).  When the Kettu season begins, I have plans for crazier things to do. Wait and watch. Subscribe to my blog 🙂