“The Kondhs of Odisha”.

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The Kondhs are the largest tribal group in Odisha, formerly Orissa.
Their culture centres on nature and sacred hills. Utkal Alumina is mining the 200m tons of bauxite under the Baphlimali hills, while the 8,000-plus Dongria Kondh on the Niyamgiri hills have lived under the threat of mining there by Vedanta Resources.
Photograph: Johann Rousselot /Survival International
via Indigenous peoples – in pictures | Art and design | The Guardian.

“A Boy in the Fair.”

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A young Indian boy plays within the carnival rides as he waits for his customers during the annual Mahim Fair.
Photograph by Divyakant Solanki/EPA
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“It’s Hot here in Jammu”.

CaptureA monkey cools off in a tub near a Hindu temple on a hot summer afternoon in Jammu, India.
Severe heat conditions sent temperatures soaring past 45 degrees Celsius (113 Fahrenheit) in some parts of Northern India.
AP Photo/Channi Anand
via Photos of the Week: 6/7-6/13 – In Focus – The Atlantic.

“The Living Bridges of India.”

treerootbridge02In the wettest place on Earth, the village of Mawsynram in Meghalaya, India are some of the most fascinating bridges you’ll ever see.
These “living bridges” are formed by locals who have trained the roots of rubber trees to grow into natural bridges.
They are sturdy enough to far outlast man-made wooden structure bridges.
Because of the relentless rain in Meghalaya’s jungles, wooden structures would rot away.
These root bridges are self-strengthening, becoming more sturdy over time as the root systems grow.
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Photographer Amos Chapple captured these shots of people crossing these bridges that have developed over the years.
Notice the school children nonchalantly walking on a bridge over a river as well as a local guide taking a trip over a developing tree root bridge.
To manipulate the rubber trees into bridges and ladders, they must create tight knots that can withstand Meghalaya’s rain-soaked environment.
As Chapple explains about the process, “The skeleton of the bridge is bamboo, with tendrils from the surrounding rubber trees are being fixed onto the structure strand by strand.
By the time the bamboo has rotted away, within 6-8 years, locals say the roots of the tree will be able to bear a person’s weight.”
via India’s Fascinating Tree Root Bridges Grow Stronger Every Year – My Modern Met.

“Water Palace”.

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Jal Mahal (meaning “Water Palace”) is a palace located in the middle of the Man Sagar Lake in Jaipur city, the capital of the state of Rajasthan, India.
The palace and the lake around it were renovated and enlarged in the 18th century by Maharaja Jai Singh II of Amber.
“The Jal Mahal palace has got an eye-popping makeover. Traditional boat-makers from Vrindavan have crafted the Rajput style wooden boats. A gentle splashing of oars on the clear lake waters takes you to Jal Mahal.
You move past decorated hallways and chambers on the first floor to climb all the way up to the fragrant Chameli Bagh.
Across the lake, you can view the Aravalli hills, dotted with temples and ancient forts, and on the other side, bustling Jaipur.
The most remarkable change is in the lake itself.
The drains were diverted, two million tonnes of toxic silt were dredged from the bottom, increasing its depth by over a metre, a water treatment system was developed, local vegetation and fish reintroduced, the surrounding wetlands regenerated and five nesting islands created to attract migratory birds.
via Jal Mahal – Wikipedia

“Watermelon Farmers”.

6312efe3-34f8-40b1-aba7-93242d712f55-2060x1373This winning photograph of two watermelon farmers by Atkins Ciewm in West Bengal, India will feature alongside over 100 photographic artworks in a display at the Royal Geographical Society in London.
The exhibition will then tour UK forest venues, supported by the Forestry Commission England, including Grizedale Forest visitor Centre, Cumbria.
via Atkins Ciwem environmental photographer of the year 2015 winners – in pictures | Environment | The Guardian.