Leela Palace Hotel

Leela Palace Hotel form the broken bridge
Leela Palace Hotel form the broken bridge

The water in Adyar river at the broken bridge is usually not a great sight. However on a Sunday morning during daybreak, the water, and the Leela Palace hotel in MRC Nagar in the background was an interesting photo subject. Of course, some tweaking on  Lightroom and Nik collections helped enhance the subjects.

Mudhol Hounds

Mudhol hounds and trainer
Mudhol hounds and trainer
The Mudhol hounds are in the news now for the right and wrong reasons.
These hounds are native to the Bagalkot  Dt of Karnataka. The Ghorpades, the rulers of the minor state of Mudhol were instrumental in selective breeding of this indigenous breed. http://www.frontline.in/other/the-hounds-of-mudhol/article7298432.ece
This hardy breed has been introduced into the Indian Army recently.
I first came to know about these hounds 12 years ago in a Dog show in Chennai conducted by the Kennel Club of India.  The above picture was taken then with Canon Powershot S3 IS.
That was the time when pugs were becoming popular thanks to the iconic Hutch ad, but the Mudhol Hounds and the turbaned minders stood out.

Ganesan, the Crab Harvester

Ganesan with his crabs
Ganesan with his crabs

Ganesan harvests crabs for a living. On the beach near the broken bridge and Adyar river mouth, he digs deep into the sand and collects crabs with his bare hands. He neuters the claws of the captive crabs with his deft fingers and packs them in a bag for the market. He says he gets about Rs.300 for a bag of about 15 to 20 medium-sized crabs. He added that he can get crabs throughout the year irrespective of the season.

This hardworking man was happy to pose for the battery of photographers during the photo walk. He was happier to receive a few rupees from us as a token of thanks.

 

Digging deep
Digging deep