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Rutland, Andaman

Rutland, Andaman
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Copyright: Subhash Ranjan (sranjan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 489 W: 63 N: 1877] (5784)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-12-04
Categories: Seascape
Camera: Olympus Sp 510uz
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-01-13 5:25
Viewed: 3584
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello friends, this is an aerial view of beautiful Rutland; the biggest island at Mahatma Gandhi National Marine Park, Port Blair situated on its southern boundary.

The white spot in the middle of the photograph is where sea waves are breaking into big white surf after hitting the fringing coral reef as seen here directly attached to the island shore on its border & at places with an intervening shallow channel/turquoise blue lagoon.

Rutland Island is an island located across the Macpherson Strait from Port Blair, the capital of the Indian union territory of Andaman and Nicobar Islands on South Andaman Island. As one of the Andaman Islands, Rutland I forms the southernmost main island of the closely-situated Great Andaman archipelago. The island spans an area of approximately 109.3 kmē, and has a coastline measuring some 60 km.

It is rich in marine life with the shallow waters near the island having a good representation of smaller fish and coral. The island also offers an ideal base for training open water divers. The vegetation of Rutland Island is similar to that of North Sentinel Island with dry sandy soils. Although hilly, the island is overgrown with fairly open jungle and brush.

The island was formerly home to the Jangil, one of the indigenous Andamanese groups. The Jangil (also called "Rutland Jarawa" since they were thought to have been related to the Jarawa of South Andaman) occupied much of the interior of the island according to mid-1800s British accounts, however their interactions with outsiders were few and far between. Up to the early 20th century there are only a handful of documented encounters with Jangil individuals. The last documented encounter was in 1907, and when in the 1920s a more extensive expedition to the island's interior was conducted, no traces of their active habitation were found; the Jangil had become extinct.

From time to time other indigenous Andamanese, such as the Onge from Little Andaman Island to the south and Great Andamanese tribes to the north had also set up fishing communities on Rutland. However, with the great reduction in numbers of these peoples, and their (enforced) relocations to more restricted areas, the island is presently without any permanent indigenous settlement.
Refer: Rutland Island

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Hallo Subhash
Thanks once again for delighting us with an incredible view like the one I see in front of me.
The cotton wool clouds make this image super special and it is indeed a dream view. One can look so far back in the image and see the water disappear around the island. A lovely image with layers upon layers of breathtaking beauty. I was just wondering what the white spot in the middle of the frame is? Thanks for sharing.
Best regards

This is a sort of low POV from the air, giving an eye-level view of the large island, Subhash.
I once again assert that you have given us a comprehensive virtual tour of this outpost of Indian Republic.
Thanks once again and all the best.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-01-13 8:45]

Hi Subhash,

This is so beautiful with all the lovely shades of blue of the water and sky. The clouds above the island are just wonderful. I'm glad you explained what the white spot is - very interesting. The composition is magnificent in its simplicity.


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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-01-13 9:05]

Hi Subhash,
Beautiful landscape again.I liked dramatic sky,framing,lighting and composition a lot.
Thanks for posting.

hello Subhash

one of your best Seascape/Landscape,
beautiful wide angle, fine DOF,
lovely scenery with the sea, mountians
and sky & clouds, TFS


Hi Subhash, another excellent scene capture with wonderful composition. As if clouds dancing my friend!
TFS and cheers,

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