Sep 20 2012

Morning Dew photos

Posted by Knonie

This is the first time I tried taking photos of dew. It’s really good to see these tiny crystal spheres shining on the grass blades. I have tried to capture the freshness of morning and dew drops on the grass.
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Dew drops on Grass.

Dew drops on Grass.
Photo ©Knonie

Dew drops on Grass.

Dew drops on Grass.
Photo ©Knonie

Dew drops on Grass.

Dew drops on Grass.
Photo ©Knonie.

Dew drops on Grass.

Dew drops on Grass.
Photo ©Knonie.


Mar 27 2012

Wild Cannabis in pictures

Posted by Knonie

In the area I live, wild cannabis [Urdu: Bhang] is found in almost all of the abandoned land. Starting from spring, these plants last till entire summers, and usually reach up to 3-4 feet. This plant bears that iconic leaf, symbolized in hippie and pop culture related to weed/hash/dope, and often a sign of mental liberation, which is obtained from a similar species of this plant.

Here are few photos I took on a recent outdoor trip. Click photos to view larger and detailed versions.

Cannabis, Photo © Knonie
Cannabis, Photo © Knonie
Cannabis, Photo © Knonie
Cannabis, Photo © Knonie

Location: Rawalpindi, Pakistan.


Sep 29 2011

Little slender and scaly lizard

Posted by Knonie

I found this slender lizard sort of creature among grass and shrubs. That looked a bit like a baby Chameleon. It even let me take its photos from close. On further researching it on net, I found it that it’s categorized under sub-order Iguana, under Scaled-Reptiles order called “Squamata” of Reptiles. It’s known as Peruvian lizard, lizard of the beaches, or Microlophus peruvianus. Although the habitat doesn’t match much, but visually it’s quite similar to that species.
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Lizard, Photo © Knonie.
Lizard, Photo © Knonie.
Lizard, Photo © Knonie.


Sep 18 2011

Story behind the photo of an Ant, and the lessons learned…

Posted by Knonie

See this photo– an ant holding something in its mouth, apparently in the dark with a spotlight highlighting it. Let me tell you the little story behind this shot…

Ant working at night. Photo ©Knonie

One night I was having a walk on my terrace with a cigarette lighter in my hand that has a tiny flashlight. While moving the light on the terrace floor, I noticed a big ant, which on close observation, appeared to be struggling with something stuck on the floor. That was something round, grain like particle and the ant was trying very hard to detach it from the floor. Watching that interesting site, I brought my camera from indoors, and using the light from torch of cigarette-lighter, I made a spot light fixed over ant so that I could take some photos in otherwise complete darkness. After around 5 minutes of my observing it, the ant managed to detach that piece of food from the floor, and while holding it, it started moving quickly in some specific direction. This photo is taken during that moment.

That Ant was now gone…

That little event stirred my mind. I started thinking why this ant was struggling so much to get that food even if its quite late at night. Why doesn’t that ant left that food here, because ants don’t live alone and it won’t make much difference if one of them doesn’t work. In fact, no Boss-Ant was monitoring it, so that ant can simply leave that food here instead of taking it to their nest where all the rest will share it. When the ant got such big amount of food, it didn’t start eating it alone before other ants find it. Struggling so much for that will not earn any special increment or award, then why it still worked like that all alone…? Thinking about such questions made me realise how organised these tiny creatures are…

These creatures are not selfish, which means they understand the concept of Unity. Everyone in their community believes that he/she/it is a part of this entire system, and they need to perform their duties unconditionally, no matter if someone else is watching or not. They are not selfish and greedy, as even if they find a mountain size sugar pile, they will not just leave their community behind and start eating it alone. They never cut themselves off from their community. That very concept seems missing from Human Society, or is present rarely.

As Benjamin Franklin has written in Poor Richard’s Almanack [July 1736]

“None preaches better than the ant, and she says nothing.”

That’s one of the biggest lessons of life. Ants don’t say things, they only “do” what is required to do, and that’s the highest form of preaching, i.e. providing a practical example instead of just talking. We can learn Unity, Discipline and Unselfishness from this tiny creature we hardly notice everyday around.


Aug 28 2011

Asian Tiger mosquito… Caught in the act!!!

Posted by Knonie

Few days back, I and my friend were wandering with our cameras to get some bugs and insects near our home. I noticed a black and white stripped mosquito biting me on my right hand. I asked my friend to take its photos. That mosquito was so busy that it didn’t bother about all that. After blowing very hard on it to get rid of it, I thought I should’ve killed that pest…

But anyways, here’s the one fascinating shot…

Asian tiger mosquito feeding blood. ©Photo: Hn Queue

Photo by Hn Queue (Hamza Nisar)
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This mosquito Aedes albopictus is commonly know as The Asian tiger mosquito or forest day mosquito.

 


Aug 8 2011

Some photos of a Black Spider with Red patterns

Posted by Knonie

Few days back, I found a spider on a wild plant outdoors. That was a black spider with conspicuous red pattern on its abdomen. Front legs were longer and thicker, making them look like claws of a crab. Shared below are some closer shots.

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Black and Red Spider. Photo ©Knonie
Black and Red Spider. Photo ©Knonie Continue reading


Jul 25 2011

White wild thorn-apple flowers in the rain

Posted by Knonie

Early in the morning today, it was cloudy so I thought of having some outdoor visit exploring some nature. Since it’s Monsoon here, and various kind of flora and fauna can be seen in abundance. You can see wild plants. weeds with attractive flowers, beetles, bugs and worms having conspicuous patterns and rich colors,  and so much more for those having an eye for nature’s variety.  I’m always attracted towards these things since I was a kid, and now that I have a camera, it’s more easy to record my observations and share them with others.

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Thorn-apple moonflower

Here are few of the photos of flower of a somewhat wild plant, usually known as “Thorn-Apple” [due to its round fruit having spikes all around it]. Also called Moonflower because of its close resemblance to an ornamental plant having similar flowers. I usually see this plant growing in deserted places where all the usual weed grows. Even that plant is not usually considered as a domestic ornamental plant, perhaps due to its toxicity, still you can see how beautiful nature is even in the wild…

Thorn-apple moonflower
Thorn-apple moonflower Continue reading


Jul 18 2011

More photos of an amazing colored grasshopper

Posted by Knonie

Continuing from the photos shared earlier of the Grasshopper, [watch here if you missed], here are the latest photos I took a while back today. That grasshopper has grown from nymph locust to adult stage, changed its color a bit and has developed wings. Now it has become a fully grown grasshopper.

Enjoy the beauty… Click images to open larger versions…

Colorful Grasshopper on Sunflower
Colorful Grasshopper on Sunflower
Colorful Grasshopper on Sunflower

Location: Rawalpindi, Pakistan.


Jul 17 2011

A very beautiful grasshopper you’ve never seen before…

Posted by Knonie

On a recent evening, I came out of my house and caught a glimpse of something interesting sitting on a Sunflower plant. I was full of wonder to see that beautiful colored grasshopper, something I’ve never seen before. I captured some photos so I could share the beauty of that creature with others. Next evening I was even more surprised to find out that this grasshopper was still at that plant, and some observation revealed that there’s another one of the same species present in another plant not very far. So I also took its photos. These are actually 2 grasshoppers, one on a sunflower plant, while the other on twigs.

[Click photos to open a larger version because they are really cool]

Beautiful colored Grasshopper
Beautiful colored Grasshopper
Beautiful colored Grasshopper
Beautiful colored Grasshopper
Beautiful colored Grasshopper
Beautiful colored Grasshopper
Beautiful colored Grasshopper

Location: Rawalpindi, Pakistan.


May 16 2011

Lonely trees on the horizon – The Photographs

Posted by Knonie

Last week, while staying at a friend’s place in Bahria Town Phase 8, Islamabad/Rawalpindi, I took the opportunity to capture some photos of trees I’ve been spotting at since previous week. Those tree were at the edge of a plateau, visible as a cliff from the front. Luckily, I had my Sony NEX-3 Camera with me, and a fine sky with clouds was so alluring, that makes it a great time to shoot. Here are few of the shots I selected for sharing.

Tree on the horizon - Knonie
Tree on the horizon - Knonie
Tree on the horizon - Knonie
Tree on the horizon - Knonie


Nov 30 2010

The Beauty of White Bougainvillea Flowers

Posted by Knonie

White flowers carry an aura of grace and style with a hint of sophistication. Bougainvillea is a very common domestic flowering plant in Pakistan. It is a climber shrub, so it is usually found hanging over the boundary walls of the houses or the corners of the lawns. Most common colors are magenta/purple, red-orange, and white, along with other hybrid-colored petals.

Last week I went to my village and saw a wall covered with white Bougainvillea and that’s where I took some photos using my cellphone, and here they are…

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Camera: HTC Hero/T-Mobile G2 Touch
Date: 21 November, 2010
Location: Village Nirali/Narali, Gujar Khan, Pakistan.


Nov 23 2010

Grass & Sky – Six Green & Blue Photographs

Posted by Knonie

Displayed below are 6 photographs I took using my cellphone camera. I love to capture nature, especially when everything is so bright and fresh.

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Camera: HTC Hero/T-Mobile G2 Touch
Date: 13 September, 2010
Location: Village Nirali/Narali, Gujar Khan, Pakistan.