An evening in summer

After a very hot day….it is soooo …soothing…to see a setting sun….!

 

May be it is natures way of saying….you have tolerated enough since morning…& here is something to make you smile….!

 

 

This has had a hot day too…what a splash

 

Waves of ocean….

Take me home….

 

 

And….he goes..,!

 

 

The last rays….

Had read somewhere…anywhere in the world …two things are free…sunset…&…a sunrise..!

And each time….different hues….

Last evening…was an yellow sunset…

Yellow…

Golden yellow…

Reddish yellow….

Orangish yellow…

Whatever you wanna say….

A soothing end…for a hot day

 

Ras al Jinz…turtle reserve oman

This time …when Minnie decided to come for her holidays…she was very clear she didn't want to go to Dubai …instead ..see the places …in oman..which she hadn't seen…so in 18 days…we could visit…sur..& salalah…both a must visit if you are in oman

This blog is about ras al Jinz …3 hrs drive…and as one nears the reserve…one can sense the eerie silence…a quiet landscape…

It is beautiful mountains…which overlooks the most beautiful Indian Ocean

 

It was evening…when we reached the place….

 

The tents for the stay…so clean…and the spot is picturesque …it is so quiet…one can hear once own thoughts….,u…yourself…& nothing else ….&…since it wasn't the season..we were the only family..few more were staying at the hotel…another accommodation

After dinner..around 9…visitors are taken in a bus to a designated area at the shore…and then…you wait…the guides go..search…and then take people…with strict instructions how to behave..& how not to disturb…turtles …

And…then u see the mom…she wud have reached at dusk…started laying about 100 of them….& soon after…she will start covering..the deep pit..using her flippers…non stop…all thro the night…

 

She wud have risked a high tide…swam thousands of kilometres …with a make suitor…after reaching here…mostly always her birth place…she finds a safe place…digs…lays…covers

 

By dawn….she will have finished…she will be exhausted…but she will make sure…her eggs are safe…sometimes if she has strength…she will dig another one as a decoy..!

The eggs…take 2 months to hatch…and the sex of the baby depends in the temperature of the sand…if it is very warm…it is female …if it is low…it will be a boy turtle..!

Even before the first rays of sun…job well done…she leaves….

 

She will be exhausted…to see that is heart breaking to say the least ….but she moves…&… Moves… Until she touches the shore…I really felt like pushing her with my hands…!

All moms struggle to bring up their kids…but to me…a turtle mom…struggles a lot…! She nests once in 4 yrs…in the mean time…she travels…to Somalia …India…Australia …& then comes back to oman..!

 

Yes…respect…salute…the mom…a photo opportunity of the life time….as she goes into the ocean

 

Finally…home…!this mom according to the guides…about 60 yrs old…they have a long life…so start laying eggs by 35 yrs…and goes on till 70…!

 

She remains in the shallow water…to watch her babies…for 2 weeks…mostly without any food…and then she leaves…may be she will never know ..who her kids are…how many survived…!

And by the time sun is up…she is gone..,

And that is when…the young ones who are just out…from an other mom…starts running to the sea…they have to escape …foxes…birds…crabs…& humans…!…amazingly…they survive..although few…mortality is almost 99%…but still they live…probably the only young one…without any parental support…to grow up…

Grows up to a beautiful adult ..all of 100-250 kg..!! Travels the world …lives it's life….!

Though endangered…sultanate has done a lot for their preservation ….and all along its coast line from mussandam to Dhofar …these turtles …come…stay…& go…through out the year…

They have lived for 150 million years now…they say….& they will live for a lot more time….

This my blog…green turtles…long due…after seeing this mom…I have decided not to complain …

Life isn't easy…but…mine may b better than many living beings…

And yes…they get their names…because of the hue they have which in turn is due to the algae they eat

 

At nights one isn't allowed to take pictures…because of flash…but smartphone ..one r two they allow…

All the pics…belong to Vijayashankara …:)!

This is especially for my friend Dr.Girija Rao