A Tamil Nadu Government-owned State Express Transport Corporation (SETC) “Ultra-Deluxe” bus on its way from Changanasserry in Kerala to Chennai via Kottayam, Kumaly, Kambam, Theni, Dindigul, Tiruchchi, Perambalur, Villupuram and Tindivanam. Leaves Changanaserry at 1500, Kottayam at 1530, Kumily at 2030 (yeah, 5 hours for 100 km!), reaches Chennai at around 8 in the morning. Very, very slow, crawling and underpowered. SETC operates long-distance and “luxury” service buses in Tamil Naduwhile TNSTC operates ordinary and “non-luxury” services. By “luxury” they usually mean individual seats with push-back. The route number is 768 UD. Captured on the KK (Kottayam – Kumily) Road 7 km from Kottayam. A Kerala private bus to Manimala can be seen behind it. Captured while running, no cropping done.
A bee sits inside a Crown of Thorns flower happily feeding away on the pollen of the flower. The Crown of Thorns plant (Euphorbia Milii) is also called the “Christ Plant” and is a widely grown thorny flowering plant which gives clusters of pink, solid looking round flowers which are very pretty to look at. It is a native of Madgascar is commonly seen all over South India as well.
Twin EMDs of Pune loco shed idle, lights and presenting a show of their raw power, awaiting their turn to move forward. The 4000 hp humongous beasts are fast becoming the predominant Diesel traction freight locomotives on Indian Railways. Compared to the original GT46MAC models, the newer WDG4s have a more “rounded” look which sort of takes away some of their ferociousness.
A starry night on a no-moon day. The stars shine brightly across the sky with the Milky Way towards the bottom right side in this long exposure Night Sky photograph, set and shot in Manual mode. A humble attempt to capture the clear night sky from an unpolluted location up the Western Ghats, known as “Highrange” in Kerala. Sadly, a scene like this can never be seen from any city due to all sorts of pollution.
This photograph is not exactly professional level work but this seems to be somewhat good no?
The close up shot of an Orange Ant (Neer urumbu in Malayalam) walks along a Twig, all alone. Surprising, since ants are always seen in groups. Maybe it was a scout. These Ants are like Fire Ants and pack a really painful bite.
A brilliantly liveried Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) Superfast bus on its way to Thiruvananthapuram seen near Aluva in the suburbs of Ernakulam on a bright morning. These distinctly liveried red-and-yellow buses are the preferred mode of transportation in Kerala as they have only very limited stops and are notorious for their high speeds. The road is the National Highway 47.