After a delay of many weekends ,aditto finally found the time for a photowalk and we found ourselves at a newly opened Butterfly Park in Aranyeshwar area of Pune.
We reached the park around 10-10.30 a.m.,which was supposedly the ideal time for visiting the butterflies.
The park turned around to be pretty basic with no unusual species of butterflies to treat the eyes with.Yes,butterflies were sure to be seen but they were of the usual variety-common crow, great eggfly, blue jay,tailed jay,plain tiger and common leopard.
I have routinely seen these butterflies at CoEP boat club! May be the timing was not right or may be I need to wait for few more months for the park to get populated by more colorful creatures.
But I still am glad to have visited the place as this was my first ever taste of a photo shoot of butterflies.Found it to be a difficult job,demanding a lot of patience & prediction and not quite fruitful if one doesn’t have a tele or an ultra zoom lens.Here are a few pictures I have managed to click with the 18-70mm lens of my Nikon.
Next on the itinerary was a place called Shinde Chhatri,around 4-5 kms from the park,at Wonworie.
It is a memorial dedicated to the great Maratha soldier, Mahadji Shinde. For twenty years, between 1760 and 1780, he served as the commander-in-chief of the Maratha army under the Peshwas. The entire complex of the memorial also consists of a temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva, which was built by Mahadji himself, in the year 1794.in 1965, Madhavrao Sindhia got the entire complex built, along with the samadhi (memorial). Shindyanchi Chhatri of Pune is under the management of the Sindhia Devasthan Trust of Gwalior.
I liked the place for it was not crowded and one could take human-less photos of the architecture.The architecture, with its tainted windows, is not just beautiful,but well preserved as well.
(Group photo clicked on Aditya’s canon.)
Thanks for watching!It was a nicely spent Sunday Morning!