Biking is super fun in San Francisco || California Diaries by Deepak Gupta

This year in February, I, with many of my friends and colleagues from office, got a chance to visit San Francisco for a conference. The duration was of one week. It was a tightly packed schedule and we were determined to make the most out of it.  Biking was one of the agendas that was in our minds. Few people in our group had already heard good things about it. On Sunday afternoon, we started our hunt for a good and relatively cheaper shop from where we could rent the bikes.   We started our biking journey which was from Fisherman's Wharf to Sausalito. Fisherman's Wharf is a super fun place where you can roam around, eat and drink and enjoy in open air restaurants.

This year in February, I, with many of my friends and colleagues from office, got a chance to visit San Francisco for a conference. The duration was of one week. It was a tightly packed schedule and we were determined to make the most out of it.

Biking was one of the agendas that was in our minds. Few people in our group had already heard good things about it. On Sunday afternoon, we started our hunt for a good and relatively cheaper shop from where we could rent the bikes.

Tiger conservation - Long way to go || #WorldTigerDay2015

Tiger Tourism in India is much talked topic an there were some discussions that Tiger Tourism will be banned in India. India has maximum number of Tigers in the world and hence it attracts a lot of tourists from various parts of the world. This Photo Journey shares some facts about Tiger Tourism in India and how various wildlife stakeholders think about it. Since Tiger count was decreasing in the past, Indian court had given a judgement to stop tourism in core Tiger reserves and folks responded to this judgement very differently. Statistics show that National parks which are most frequently visited by Tourists have high count of Tigers over a period of time. And Tigers have disappeared from regions where there was hardly any tourism. Recently I met a Wildflife Conservation officer and he had the same opinion that many of the things in our country are preserved only because of Tourism - be it the Heritage like Taj Mahal, or Wildlife.   Some of the popular Tiger Rserves in India are - Corbett in Uttrakhand; Ranthambore in Rajasthan; Kanha, Bandhavgarh & Panna in Madhya Pradesh, Kaziranga in Asam, Meighat in Maharashtra; Bandipur in Karnataka; Periyar in Kerala; Nagarajunasagar Srisailam Tiger Reserve in Anhdra Pradesh. There are approximately 40 tiger reserves in India. Tiger reserves are set up throughout India to provide a protected environment for animals still in the wild. Resorts and villages were set up for tourists, local as well as foreign, to see the tiger habitats and perhaps catch a glimpse of the big cat. The frequent visits inside the forest repel poachers and hence it proved to be a good activity to conserve wildlife. Madhya Pradesh has one of the best tourism eco system because of 6 tiger reserves in the state. Tourism is still on in all of the Wildlife National Parks across the country and encouraging for conservation of Wildlife, especially Tigers. Tiger Tourism is very important for India and hence it's conservation as well. Many of the NGOs, individuals, government authorities have joined hands towards conservation of Tigers in our country. And because of great efforts for #SaveOurTigers, we have been able to increase the count of Tigers in past fewyears. Tiger Tourism is win-win situation for everyone - For folks involved in tourism activities earn good money which boosts overall economy of our country, the conservationists are happy that count is increasing with time and there is less risk to the tigers in various core forests in the country. In National Parks like Ranthambore, lot of foreign tourist visit every year. There are various tourists who visit some of the selected national parks every year and prefer to have multiple Safaris inside the forest areas.Landscapes of different national parks are different hence every national park offers a different experience. Almost everyone of us know folks around us who have visited these Tiger reserves more than once. Hope that Tiger Tourism in India keeps growing and for positive reasons. At the same time, we hope that tourists also mature with time and respect nature & wildlife of on earth !!The Royal Bengal tiger with its golden and black coat and golden-eyes is the most graceful animal in the world. And it behaves like a celebrity too. Found in India, Nepal, Myanmar, Bangladesh, and Bhutan, the tiger, though endangered, is still the most numerous of all remaining tiger species of the world. And I have always felt proud of the fact that our country is the place where the Royal Bengal Tigers are found in the largest numbers.

Mr Laxman Rao - a tea-seller and author of 24 hindi books (ITO, New Delhi)

This weekend, I was out with Le Meridien team for #TeaTrails experience and met Mr Laxman Rao, who sells tea outside Hindi Bhawan at ITO, delhi and author of 24 hindi books. It was a very inspiring experience to interact with Mr Rao and know about his journey. This Photo Journey shares about Mr Laxman Rao, how he moved from a small town of Maharashtra to Delhi and became an author.

This weekend, I was out with Le Meridien team for #TeaTrails experience and met Mr Laxman Rao, who sells tea outside Hindi Bhawan at ITO, delhi and author of 24 hindi books. It was a very inspiring experience to interact with Mr Rao and know about his journey. This Photo Journey shares about Mr Laxman Rao, how he moved from a small town of Maharashtra to Delhi and became an author. 

Unlock Delhi with engaging Tea Trails by Le Meridien, New Delhi

Few weeks I received an invite from Le Meridien to join them for Tea Trails. Some of my good blogger friends also encouraged me to participate in this well curated event. Finally I joined the team of bloggers, media and tea lovers at Le Merodien and I am very happy for this good decision. This Photo Journey shares about the famous tea shop in Old Delhi which is in business for more than 70 years now, a tea-seller who has authored 24 books and tea tasting session by tea sommelier Vikram Batra followed by lunch.

Few weeks I received an invite from Le Meridien to join them for Tea Trails. Some of my good blogger friends also encouraged me to participate in this well curated event. Finally I joined the team of bloggers, media and tea lovers at Le Merodien and I am very happy for this good decision. This Photo Journey shares about the famous tea shop in Old Delhi which is in business for more than 70 years now, a tea-seller who has authored 24 books and tea tasting session by tea sommelier Vikram Batra followed by lunch.
A few weeks back I received an invite from Le Meridien to join the Tea Trails experience in Delhi. Some of my good blogger friends also encouraged me to participate in this well-curated event. And I am glad I heeded their advice and joined the team of bloggers, media, and tea lovers at Le Meridien. This Photo Journey shares about the famous tea shop in Old Delhi, which is in business for more than 70 years now, a tea-seller who has authored 24 books, and a tea tasting session by tea sommelier Vikram Mittal, followed by lunch.

How to use brushes in Adobe Photoshop Elements?

(moved from other blog) Recently one of the blog-viewer checked creative way of Watermarking in Adobe Photoshop Elements. He was able to create watermarking brush. Now he is not able to figure out the way to use this brush and watermark the photographs !! Here i am going to share the generic process of using brushes/custom-brushes in Adobe Photoshop Elements... Please see mentioned steps to use brushes:

Birding opportunities around Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary, Uttrakhand, India

In my last post, I shared about morning walk experience of Binsar Wildlife Scatuary and the famous Zero-point. During this walk, we saw various kinds of Birds and we could capture a few in our Travellingcamera. This Photo Journey shares some of the birding photographs and few of them are clicked around KMVN Binsar. Eaurasian Jay is most common bird around Binsar hills and they look beautiful.

In my last post, I shared about morning walk experience of Binsar Wildlife Scatuary and the famous Zero-point. During this walk, we saw various kinds of Birds and we could capture a few in our Travellingcamera. This Photo Journey shares some of the birding photographs and few of them are clicked around KMVN Binsar. Eaurasian Jay is most common bird around Binsar hills and they look beautiful. 

In my last post, I shared about morning walk experience of Binsar Wildlife Scatuary and the famous Zero-point. During this walk, we saw various kinds of Birds and we could capture a few in our Travellingcamera. This Photo Journey shares some of the birding photographs and few of them are clicked around KMVN Binsar. Eaurasian Jay is most common bird around Binsar hills and they look beautiful.

Early morning walk around Zero-point in Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary || Uttrakhand Diaries

Our summer trip to hills around Binsar was full of exciting experiences. While staying at KMVN Binsar, we planned to do early morning walk to Zero-point after great views of snow covered hills form our hotel terrace. This walk became one of the most memorable experience of our 3 days trip to Binsar. This Photo Journey shares more about Zero-point, the terrains around it and possibilities of exploring wildlife.

Our summer trip to hills around Binsar was full of exciting experiences. While staying at KMVN Binsar, we planned to do early morning walk to Zero-point after great views of snow covered hills form our hotel terrace. This walk became one of the most memorable experience of our 3 days trip to Binsar. This Photo Journey shares more about Zero-point, the terrains around it and possibilities of exploring wildlife.

All Creatures Great and Small, wish we could save them all

All things bright and beautiful,
All creatures great and small,
All things wise and wonderful,
The Lord God made them all.
(Cecil Frances Alexander, 1818-1895)

Then what criteria should we use to decide which species to save? It is a difficult question, a dilemma.Wish we could save the them all.

And the fact is that you cannot save the planet by saving one species here and another species there. It requires looking at the larger picture and at the long-term conservation of habitats and ecosystems on earth. And that is species can never be looked at in isolation with one another. So my attempt here is to identify species from the list that can be grouped and conserved as part of a holistic plan. I am no wildlife expert so most of these will be conjectures, so please feel free to take my views apart if they are too naive.

I feel the following three animals share an ecosystem and therefore, conserving them will lead to an increase in the overall health of the ecosystem: