Prasenjeet Yadav@prasen88

National Geographic Explorer, Molecular ecologist turned science photographer, storyteller based in India. Represented by @natgeocreative.

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SkyIslands: The horseshoe pit viper, Trimeresurus strigatus, is a venomous snake restricted mainly to one hilly region in the Western Ghats. It feeds on small frogs and lizard species found in the Shola grasslands. If you want to know more about these sky islands and the species that live in them, check out the full story at www.prasenjeetyadav.com #WesternGhats #India #Wildlife #Photostory #letsexplore #NationalGeographic #Natgeoexplorer @natgeoyourshot #natgeo #natgeoyourshot @instagram @natgeo @natgeoyourshot @natgeocreative @indianwildlifeofficial


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Monsoon rains hitting some of the plantations and the mountains of the Western Ghats of India #letsexplore #NationalGeographic #Natgeoexplorer @natgeoyourshot #natgeo @instagram @natgeo @natgeocreative #Natgeocreative #Mountains #photography #Nikon
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After spending a year continuously in the extremities of higher Himalaya, it was a delight to be back in the Western Ghats. Was out last few days experiencing the heavy rains, leeches, in search of few flowers and orchids !!
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Skyislands: The Anaimalai spiny lizard or Anaimalais salea (Salea anamallayana) is a high elevation Shola grassland specific species named after Anamalai hills where it is found often basking during the morning times. This species occurs at elevations between 1,700 and 2,300 m asl. This species inhabits moist montane forests, and is also known to be found on bushes, hedges and in gardens, It has also been reported in good numbers from tea plantations in and around Eravikulam National Park, Kerala (Deepak and Vasudevan 2008) #WesternGhats #India #Wildlife #Photostory #letsexplore #NationalGeographic #Natgeoexplorer @natgeoyourshot #natgeo #natgeoyourshot @instagram @natgeo@natgeoyourshot @natgeocreative


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Ceropegia intermedia , is a rare twiner of the mid to high elevation Western Ghats ( particularly Sholas). The Ceropegia genus is quite diverse and usually rare in abundance, seasonal, with underground tubers. Often with medicinal uses. This species has larval associations with the common butterfly. Since most Ceropegias have many traditional medicinal uses they often over harvested from the wild, threatening them !!
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SkyIslands: Blue eyed frog,Raorchestes luteolus, is a nocturnal frog endemic to western ghats of India. Raorchestes luteolus are often found on leaves or stems of shrubs about one meter above the ground. Male frogs start calling at dusk, first under the leaf litter and then ascending to the vegetation. #letsexplore #NationalGeographic #Natgeoexplorer @natgeoyourshot #natgeo @instagram @natgeo @natgeocreative #Natgeocreative #Mountains #photography #Nikon @natgeoindia @natgeoasia


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The Skyislands are home to this unique Shola forest-grassland complex where the forests are in the valley and the grasslands are on the hills. These montane shola forest grassland complexes have very high water retention capabilities and all the major rivers in south India originate in this landscape #letsexplore #NationalGeographic #Natgeoexplorer @natgeoyourshot #natgeo @instagram @natgeo @natgeocreative #Natgeocreative #Mountains #photography #Natgeoasia #Nikon


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The mist in the cloud forest is definitely one of the most prominent attractions for me. I was recently reading a study which shows that in a rainforest such as this, fungi and plants are important contributors to the development of mist and clouds and eventually influencing the rainfall. Apparently, plants and fungi emit potassium salts as aerosol particles which act as condensation seeds for fog and cloud droplets. How and why these fungi and plants emit these nonvolatile inorganic salts is as of yet unknown but I love the connection of how tiny fungi influences rain.
Obviously, these are the things that often don't strike when I am out there in the forest, all I think about is the pleasant monsoon, beautiful species and lovely poems !! Time to get back into the Ghats again !!
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Chukar partridge: Is a mountain bird species with native distribution across the middle east and Asia. Around the 1800s it was introduced in parts of Europe and America as a game and now have a stable population there. Chukar literally means a 'domestic hen,' and if you visit the Himalayas, you'll definitely see them near villages, open areas, and fields. (I am finally back from the Himalayas into the civilization and for a change, I am looking forward to it. Last eight months in the mountains of India, Mongolia, and Kyrgyzstan have been extremely rewarding but its time to take to look back at the harddrive with TB's full of images and videos and assemble the stories. Will share a few here from these beautiful mountains soon !!) #India #CentralAsia #letsexplore #NationalGeographic #Natgeoexplorer @natgeoyourshot #natgeo @instagram @natgeo @natgeocreative #Natgeocreative #Mountains #photography #Nikon


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The last fight : Unfortunately for the beetle, this was the last struggle. It gave its best , it was struggling till the end but knowing the Weaver ants, the end was inevitable!! #letsexplore #NationalGeographic #Natgeoexplorer @natgeoyourshot #natgeo @instagram @natgeo @natgeocreative #N atgeocreative #Mountains #photography #Nikon


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