Rainscapes at Kanha National Park

I have fascinating memories of watching the movie ‘Twister’ where tornado chasers go hunting twisters to study them. Something close to that happened to us when we were driving on an evening safari in early June at Kanha National Park.

Dark and Heavy Clouds Rushing In

Everything seemed bright and sunny until suddenly without almost no warning clouds started invading the blue skies in swarms bringing out a lovely evening shade of sunlight (that my photograph poorly captures).

Bringing Out An Unnatural Light

But it was not just the light- brilliantly cool (after the very hot afternoon safari) gusts of wind bringing with them thousands of ‘mini helicopter’ taal seeds blew in our direction.

Gust of Wind Bringing in the Seeds

These seeds are a veritable miracle of nature being so aerodynamically shaped with three helicopter like blades that helps them to be carried over long distances by gusts of wind to germinate at places distant from the parent tree.


We stopped to take photographs and videos of these seeds all the time mindful of the fact that we could be caught in a very heavy downpour (now that the lightning and thunder had also started). We eventually reached the gate and rushed to our resort- where we sat down amidst a power cut to enjoy nature’s fury.


10 Comments Add yours

  1. Apar says:

    Storm watch 🙂 No pics of the rain? The pictures you have posted are lovely….may be u think they have not captured what you saw, but it gives us a glimpse of what you did & yearn to see something like that!! And yeah…nature is amazing, dispersion, survival, power, lots of things that come to mind really!! The dispersion of seeds pics are really good.

    1. Sukanya Ramanujan says:

      It actually didn’t rain that evening despite all the heavy thunder. lightning and gale force winds. It rained later though. Yes I guess they do convey a sense of what happened and I’m glad that you liked it 🙂 Thanks Apar!

  2. Lav says:

    what an amazing and exhilarating experience!!! love the contrasts and vivid colours…

    1. Sukanya Ramanujan says:

      Yup! It was awesome going through it!

  3. Nirmala says:

    I think you have captured that yellow glow perfectly.It looks as though we are looking through yellow filter paper. The whole set brings to mind mother nature in all her glory!

    1. Sukanya Ramanujan says:

      Yup the light did seem filtered and very surreal making the situation a lot more thrilling

  4. brad says:

    Oh those taal seeds are having so much fun!

    1. Sukanya Ramanujan says:

      Trust you to always bring in a different perspective. Now that you mention it though they were having a lot of fun…

  5. Lav says:

    The taal seeds were following JHA policy – Do the right thing, Do whatever it takes and have fun..hahahahaha…

    1. Sukanya Ramanujan says:

      What’s JHA?

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