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An Act Of Arrogance...

Posted by
Pavan Kaul (Mumbai, India) on 8 May 2011 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

The insufferable arrogance of human beings to think that Nature was made solely for their benefit, as if it was conceivable that the sun had been set afire merely to ripen men's apples and head their cabbages.
~Savinien de Cyrano de Bergerac.

This is a stretch of mangroves that are the habitat of these lovely birds at this time of year. The filth and pollution that is caused by the factories and commercial ventures that line these mangroves on either side is appalling! The black color of the soil is certainly not natural. I have chosen to exclude the garbage from my frame for aesthetic reasons.

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PRASHANT from Mumbai, India

Beautiful orange carpet..Nice shot.

8 May 2011 5:11am

Nazzareno from Rome, Italy

Stunning! Great perspective!
Have a nice day.

8 May 2011 5:12am

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

The contrast of nature and civilisation is shoking in this capture... Well composed Pavan ! Enjoy your sunday :)

8 May 2011 6:16am

@Tamara: Thanks Tamara!

Valérie Simonnet from paris, France

Magnifique, mieux qu'un long discours.

8 May 2011 6:28am

DESPITE STRAIGHT LINES from Canada &, United Kingdom

This frame shows man's arrogance perfectly. We steadily encroach upon the habitat of all animal species, ripping down another square mile of rainforest to sustain our greed, and pushing more species to extinction. We steal a piece of land that has long been the feeding/breeding/needing ground of beautiful birds, thinking that our stupidity and toxic fallout will not find it's way into the lands soil and water, killing off future generations of many species as the bean counters watch their profits soar.

The birds here in their innocence and tolerance of mankind, carry on doing what they always have, not realizing that they are being posioned a dn in a years time when the plant needs to grow with worldide demand as the dumbest ape of them all spreads like the plague he is, they'll push the tall fencing another five hundred yards out or build a sister plant, after all, the land is only used by birds and they can find somewhere else to stay a while. It makes me so angry, so sad, so ashamed of my own race. Anorther fine frame Pavan that brings home the sad plight of these poor birds, and the folly of our ways. It will never change, only become worse until we've wiped out a few thousand more species or hopefully ourselves.



We should be very ashamed of ourselves.

8 May 2011 6:29am

@DESPITE STRAIGHT LINES: BRAVO Dear Paul, for that wonderful comment which shows how much and how deeply you care! I thank you sincerely for putting your weight behind this worthy cause and my humble post.

rem_la from Villiers, France

joli ce contraste industrie / nature !

8 May 2011 7:16am

DULCIE from Danville, CA, United States

The flamingos and the factory are a striking study in contrasts.
An impactful photo, in spite of the tragic circumstances surrounding these beautiful creatures.

8 May 2011 7:16am

@DULCIE: Many thanks Dulcie!

Tomix from landerneau, France

i love the contrast nature and factory!

8 May 2011 7:28am

@Tomix: Thank you!

jpla from St Barthélémy d, France

Quel contraste ! Je te souhaite un agréable dimanche

8 May 2011 7:39am

Marie LC from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

The contrast of birds and factories is surprising. A sad image which testifies of the unconsciousness of the men

8 May 2011 7:42am

@Marie LC: Thank you Marie. It is a 'deliberate unconsciousness' that is more aptly termed 'selfishly destructive, deplorable, criminal carelessness'!!!

Annierita & Annisabelle from New Delhi & Belle Ile, India

superb contrast and this pink field makes quite nice the round industrial srtucture bravo! annisabelle

8 May 2011 7:44am

yiannis krikis from thessaloniki, Greece

very strong message in this image - excellent composition

8 May 2011 7:54am

@yiannis krikis: Thanks Yiannis!

Elsaxelle from France

Quel symbole ! Tout est dit dans cette image.

8 May 2011 8:04am

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

Now I understand, this is such a sad shot. Let's hope someone comes to their senses before it's all lost for ever

8 May 2011 8:25am

@CElliottUK: Thank you Chris, I was very keen that you see this as you raised a question the other day. I strongly believe that this is perhaps the most important issue for the world to tackle today. The following quote is so true: "I think the environment should be put in the category of our national security. Defense of our resources is just as important as defense abroad. Otherwise what is there to defend?" ~Robert Redford,

franz from Baden, Austria

if it wasn't for the disastrous consequences of man's greed shown in this image, i would unconditionally say "what a superb photo"! and it is, technically speaking, with the strong and vivid contrasts and the juxtaposition of nature and technology! the flamingos really appear like shining pearls against the black sand, whereas the tanks of the power station loom like monsters in the background! i am very much impressed!

8 May 2011 8:34am

@franz: Thank you Franz! They are indeed 'pearls' cast before 'monsters' (swine)

Kat from Lorraine, France

Incroyable contraste entre le monde industriel et la nature qu'il est en train de détruire petit à petit, image oh combien symbolique !

8 May 2011 8:36am

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

The chilling words of ~ Savinien Cyrano de Bergerac. Texts are a crak searching ... what you also with your images that reveal the content of your writing. A surreal image today ... as surreal is lost humanity? A hug friend and thank you very much for your thoughts and messages again... A hug, Adela

8 May 2011 8:50am

@Adela Fonts: Thanks Adela. You are always so appreciative!

Pascale. from La Bonneville sur Iton, France

Birds are unconscious of what is happening in our world, but we ,who are aware of it, continue to pollute it, as if never we had to undergo the consequences, what will lead us surely to our own loss. When will the people wake up?
Anyway,your picture shows the contrast of the nature such as it would be with what the humans do woth it.

8 May 2011 9:01am

@Pascale.: Thank you Pascale and I sincerely hope we will wake up soon as it seems to be already too late!

fereshteh. from Iran

So So beautiful.

8 May 2011 9:28am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

A very graphic interplay between nature and its antithesis here Pavan and a great quote to go with it.

8 May 2011 9:56am

@grouser: Very well put Grouser. Thank you!

El pare from Prepirineu, Andorra

Awesome and interesting pic. Too much often, man doesn't respect open spaces.

8 May 2011 10:57am

@El pare: You are so right! Thank you!

Sam from Chennai, India

Another powerful photo message along with a great quote. Impact of pollution is so shocking ... Let this be a good beginning along with others on these environmental issues ... :)

8 May 2011 11:40am

@Sam: Thank you Sam!

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Powerful image, enough to fill you with rage against corporatism and the consumer onslaught.

8 May 2011 12:10pm

@Curly: Rage in this case is good! Thank you Curly!!

AMH from Buenos Aires, Argentina

Pavan. very good your picture from the standpoint of photographic and documentary. I am a biologist and it really is hard to understand this is leading us to environmental pollution. here in northern Argentina also have these birds, we call flamencos , and are under the warning of "Vulnerable" from 2007 (The World Conservation Union (IUCN) (2007), the step before being endangered in the wild. i don´t know the number of specimens here . a big kiss and a hug. Alejandra

8 May 2011 1:41pm

@AMH: Thank you Alejandra. These my very well be 'your flamencos' from Argentina who are visiting us here in India! My sincere apologies for treating them so shabbily!!

Phil Morris from Canada

The photograph is at once beautiful and so very sad. Amazing to see all the beautiful
birds and to think that they have their heads are buried in the poison that this landscape
has become, is just so sad, it pits your stomach. The saddest part of the photograph
is that with all the grievous effects that certainly will come of this, the image is still one
of your most compelling and beautiful photos !!~ 5*****'s !!~

8 May 2011 1:52pm

@Phil Morris: Many thanks Phil for your valued support and appreciation!

Jason Politte from Conway, AR, United States

Stunning shot with the flamingos and industrial complex in the background. This shot speaks volumes about what we're doing to our world - well done!

8 May 2011 2:14pm

@Jason Politte: Thank you for your support Jason!

Sumith from Calicut, India

Nice blending of Nature with the Industrial Development. Lets hope development do not interfere nature.

8 May 2011 2:18pm

Nitin from Shanghai, China

Absolutely compelling stuff Pavan! Such a sorry sight, what a plight! Thats what we are doing all around us and there seems to be no end to it. Everywhere we are destroying the sanity of our very existence. The thinking has to change and it needs to be treated on a high priority basis. If only the governments were less concerned about fighting mindless wars and tried to understand what they are fighting for - nothing may remain if what they did continued! Such a fantastic shot. Cheers!

8 May 2011 2:43pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A stunning image but frightening, too. No wonder the places these birds need to live are polluted.

8 May 2011 3:45pm

@Steve Rice: Many thanks Steve!!

yz from Budapest, Hungary

amazing image!

8 May 2011 3:48pm

danou-yepa from Nice, France

stunning picture pavan stupidity of humanity is in this catch and beauty of nature too ! great great catch !!!! 5* pavan , very good work !

8 May 2011 3:48pm

@danou-yepa: Thank you so much Dany!

Lydia.Dd from de partout et de nulle part, France

Amazing shot !! So sad !

8 May 2011 5:03pm

Marcie from Newton, United States

What an amazing sight..made especially more so with the juxtaposition of these birds against the industrial backdrop and scene!

8 May 2011 5:38pm

@Marcie: Thanks Marcie!

flyingwind风飞扬 from Bridgetown, Barbados

Wow, your GREAT work!!!

8 May 2011 5:47pm

@flyingwind风飞扬: Many thanks!

cristoF from montbéliard, France

une belle composition ,mais bien triste en vérité......

8 May 2011 6:04pm

Chriss de l'Ile de La Réunion from Reunion

Magnifique contraste entre les oiseaux et l'usine ! Belle capture !

8 May 2011 6:39pm

Bettina from Los Angeles, United States

This is an incredible(!) shot and a strong, strong message. Your vision and heart will put this out into the universe and I know things will change. They will have to. Let's hope there aren't too many more disasters before that change will come. But this shot is just extraordinary.

8 May 2011 7:15pm

@Bettina: Thank you so much Betty. Your words mean so much to me for if my work can bring about even the smallest of positive change it will make my existence meaningful. Thanks again!

Rick from Toronto, Canada

One of the most powerful photos I have ever seen, and I mean that sincerely. The jarring sickening juxtaposition here, one aspect beauty and one plainly horrific, is like something that an extra terrestrial clean-up crew (after we deplete ourselves via stupidity) might frame and hang in their galactic star ship. A "why they failed" image. It all came down to the god of money. Each disastrous selfish move, rooted in money. I want to go away and hang my head now. That means you conveyed the crux, absolutely and poignantly.

8 May 2011 8:04pm

@Rick: Your words always carry a ring of truth and sincerity Rick and I am so happy to have met you here. Your description of this picture is so graphic and the way things are going, may well become true. I do hope against hope that it never does. Many thanks for the tremendous support that you always offer!

Lilly from La Ménitré, France

A strong and beautiful image !! Bravo for the message which this photo represents !!

8 May 2011 8:15pm

@Lilly: Thanks Lilly!

Mamyni from Argenteau-Visé, Belgium

Sad vision these birds which kill little by little by living in this polluted environment!

8 May 2011 9:33pm

@Mamyni: Thank you Mamyni!

Yvon from Belgium

A great shot.
Have a lovely week.

8 May 2011 9:37pm

Christine Walsh from Astoria, NY, United States

I will say what a lovely photo despite its intended meaning - and I couldn't put it better than Despite Straight Lines above. A shame the slow suffering that is being imposed on the birds and the land, and in turn ourselves.

9 May 2011 12:41am

@Christine Walsh: Thank you Christine!

Satvik from Far far away, United States

Great capture Pavan ! A shocking sight to see the flamingos habitat so polluted..

9 May 2011 2:23am

@Satvik: It's all around us here...and mostly nobody gives a damn! Thank you!

Becky from los angeles, United States

Oh my God - an image more powerful than words could ever adequately express. Amazing and shocking documentary image Pavan - amazing.

9 May 2011 2:41am

@Becky: Thank you so much for the appreciation and support Becky!

Dutch from Neverwhere, United States

A wonderful sea of birds and so sad that they are dining in a filthy 'restaurant'.

9 May 2011 3:31am

@Dutch: You put it so well Dutch!! Thank you!

Mathilde Collot from Fontainebleau, France

Incredible picture! Extreme desolation! so long ago that the process has started! The world has gone mad and disgusted that I think God himself fled the lack of human love!

9 May 2011 5:36am

@Mathilde Collot: I think so too Mathilde!! Thank you so much!

Bernardo from Barcelona, Spain

Me gusta la edición que le has dado.


9 May 2011 5:56am

JacklineG from Béarn, France

Un contraste révoltant, impensable, mais malheureusement bien réel ! Espérons que l'homme prendra très vite conscience de ce qu'il inflige à la nature... et qu'il n'est pas trop tard ! ... Bonne journée

9 May 2011 6:14am

@JacklineG: Thank you!

k@ from Paris, France

Pavan this image is to be published in a magazine, it is SO signiicant, strong and speaks for itself without the use of any words to accompany its visual stunning message, i'm stunned - bravo & bravo !

9 May 2011 6:18am

@k@: Thank you Karine! I would be glad to have it published so it's message spreads far and wide. I do not approach a publisher for fear of having my motives misunderstood. I do not crave fame nor compensation and would gladly offer my services to causes that require and deserve them. I hope to be useful in some way and justify my existence in this life and am sure my wish will find a way. Wish me luck:)

Andreas from Neuwied, Germany

"Men did not weave the Web of Life. He is merely a Strand in it.
Whatever he does to the Web, he does to himself"

*Chief Jay Strongbow*

I couldn´t resist, i have to post this Comment :)

9 May 2011 6:53am

Andreas from Neuwied, Germany

"Whatever befalls the Earth - befalls the sons of the Earth.
Man did not weave the web of life - he is merely a strand in it.
Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself."

*Chief Seattle*

I could nt resist, i have to post this Comment :)

9 May 2011 6:56am

@Andreas: Thank you so much for this great truth in the form of this quote from Chief Seattle! I welcome your support!!

Olivier from Manage, Belgium

Outstanding and hard vision, very good shot!!

9 May 2011 7:12am

@Olivier: Thank you Olivier!

Nina from Haute Loire, France

I appreciate the way you talk to of society without hesitation to expose the absurdities and the ability to show it in pictures!

9 May 2011 7:13am

@Nina: That is a duty we all have: To speak out the truth whenever it is needed! All living things, the planet, this universe is all but one! How can we be silent if some who are selfish and ignorant perpetrate such crimes that threaten us all??? Many thanks for the support Nina!

Evelyne Dubos from France

The words are superfluous when we see such a scene !! Powerful shot, Pavan !!

9 May 2011 7:46am

@Evelyne Dubos: Thank you Evelyne!

Kala from United States

This is a heartbreaking shot Pavan.

9 May 2011 8:18am

Mhelene from Paris, France

Such a contrast ! A succeed and sad picture !

9 May 2011 10:07am

Punit from Somewhere in, India

Like the two previous shots, this one is again painful to look at. But, from the photography perspective, this has been a wonderful serie from you with a strong expression of the sad plight of these birds that look so tender, gentle and beautiful...

9 May 2011 10:15am

k@ from Paris, France

Why wouldn't you try to propose this photo, with a paper you'd write (to make your purpose clear & serve the cause you defend), to a magazine ? There's something to do, your path with this image & mission, i wish you the good luck that is already within you ;)

9 May 2011 10:45am

@k@: Thanks Karine. I'll certainly give it a shot:)

Chris Franklin from Pretoria, South Africa

Very sad, but well captured

9 May 2011 11:19am

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

Splendid image and a sharp contrast between nature and industry meet. Superb composition. Good day.

9 May 2011 12:04pm

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Unreal - a stunning and amazing shot. A powerful image of where two worlds collide.

9 May 2011 12:25pm

Albert Manso from barcelona, Spain

Strong image! Fantastic capture!!!

9 May 2011 1:37pm

Arash from Dubai, UAE., United Arab Emirates

great view of two different environments!

9 May 2011 2:47pm

Sophie from France

Fabulous contrast.... We hope that our children will make better that we, before it is too late!

9 May 2011 3:58pm

mohkum from Cochin (Kochi), India

Wonderful shot! Yes with all these modern Run we are always forgetting out true mother nature!

9 May 2011 4:46pm

ClickFlicks Photography from Toronto, Canada

hey...where is this? in India? wow....just so fantastic looking...i thought at first it's flamingo?

9 May 2011 6:04pm

Jean-Louis from Nîmes, France

Une image très forte ou ces flamands baignent dans cete pollution et cherchent le peu de nourriture qui est malheureusement très rare !!
Excellente photo !!!

9 May 2011 7:09pm

Emmeji from France

le partage de l'espace devient difficile...

9 May 2011 7:35pm

Wild Mustang Photography from Carlisle, Massachusetts, United States

This is a powerful and amazing image!!!! 5*****!

10 May 2011 3:17am

hugo poon from hong kong, Hong Kong

This is unbelievable Pavan! Should have been a spectacular and enchanting scenery but for the "unnatural colour"! Utterly striking!!!

10 May 2011 6:54am

tce76 from Saint Laurent de brèvedent, France

Un cliché très fort et super impressionnant.

11 May 2011 8:16pm

Eric Laforgue from Ivry sur Seine, France

Vraiment très impressionnant, c'est réalisé sans trucages?
Si tel est le cas, je suis bluffé.

12 May 2011 5:09pm

Marie from FRESNES, France

j'aime beaucoup ce contraste, superbe prise de vue.

14 May 2011 3:26pm

Sarah from Sydney, Australia

Oh wow (again)!! What an incredible shot!

17 May 2011 7:32am

phil from angouleme, France

Combien en reste t'ils , belle image malheureusement représentatif de notre planète bien malade

20 May 2011 5:32pm

Pravin Patade from Fremont, United States

Nice work Pavan

14 Nov 2011 10:25pm

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