forest fire in Buxa hills
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|wanted to continue with the story of my last trip to Buxa Tiger Reserve Forest.. in the beginning of the month of April.. exactly one month before i left my country, India. |
in India, April is absolutely 'Summer'... not the Spring as in here, in the eastern part of USA. the summer in India, is never considered as a good season to make a trip to Buxa forests. Buxa Tiger Reserve Forest is very famous for its rich variety of birds (mostly in Autumn, Winter and Spring) and butterflies (in all seasons, mainly after Monsoon.. but not in Summer). i badly wanted to visit Buxa before i was to get detached from it and that for a long time. but getting time was a factor. so, at last, in April!
but i am really happy that i went there in its so called 'off' and forbidden season. because, otherwise i wouldn't be able to see all those tragedies that made... then i realized... why people had always preferred to avoid!!
i saw two peacocks almost dying without any water in the whole area of that huge reserve forest! we caught one, and had given him some water from our mineral water bottle. the female one had collected all her strength to run away from us and jumped onto a high branch of a huge tree.... the near by Bala river had absolutely dried up and its white sands were glittering under hard, rude summer sun. but that peacock couple were still lying at the bank of this once a river.. desperately hoping for some water from their well known source of river Bala! they were yet to realize that summer had started (sigh)
we informed the range office later. am glad that they immediately went to the spot. but that peacock pair couldn't be found there.
the people at that range office, were also sharing their concern and frustration regarding this summer tragedy... they were just employees... they had limited abilities and only one vehicle in the entire office! how much could they do if the government was not taking steps against this summer tragedy in Buxa forests? questions are there, but is anyone listening?
and then this forest fire! every year it has become a must happen incident... and goes on for weeks until mother Nature becomes kind and thinks of pouring a heavy rain.. (ain't we pathetic?)
this photograph was taken when we were coming back from the village 28-miles Busty, after a trekking through the jungles... remember? we found that group of elephants (see older post) during this trek..
well, had taken the car from our guide's village and were returning back to our lodge... along that high way... through the forest... and then we saw it! the forest fire had reached this lower region of the hill too! when we went along this same way, in the afternoon, the fire was not there!
we desperately wanted to stop it. got down from car and tried stopping the fire from spreading... detaching the dry leaves and grasses from the flames by making a wall of already burnt out parts, i.e., ashes... it was Abhishek's idea. we also joined in the process. it seemed had worked for that region... may be temporarily... but at that moment we realized, alas... if more people could have joined us... if more people had tried this before... in the very beginning..
the photograph just shows a part of that tragedy. the whole forest was under fire! birds, insects, mammals, snakes...
are we really ever going to care for the wealth of our this beautiful, unique planet? i know i can't expect an answer.
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A fascinating journey into another world.. I thank you for using your own words.. and not just cut and paste. It really make TN worthwhile. this is what real nature is all about and your set makes it work.
Looks like a burning heart to me Ruby Sarkar ... red hot coal-blown by the wind heart to be exact! The never ending human intervention brings often tragedy rather than hope I think...where from here?!!
what a story to add to you picture.
What your story doesn't mention is if these are natural fires or man-made (accidental or intentional).
enjoy the USA