Boraras Brigittae

Boraras Brigittae

Boraras Brigittae (also known as Mosquito Rasbora), one of the smallest fishes I’ve ever kept. These are semi adult, slightly bigger than 1cm in size. The adults reaches roughly 1.5 to 2cm.

Boraras Brigittae

Boraras Brigittae

Don’t let the small size deceive you. They are very territorial and males are aggressive towards other males. Once they’ve established their territory they’ll defend it violently. One male will become dominant (the alpha) over the entire colony and will control roughly 50% of the tank while others will take the rest half. Its very fun to watch the alpha male defend his 50% space whenever others try to take a swim there!

This is a very rare-to-find fish in Bangladesh. I am probably one of the first few persons keeping this delicate species, still a lot to know. Hope they’ll live a long happy life!

Golden Dwarf Barb

Golden Dwarf Barb (Pethia Gelius)

I was lucky to get a few of these wonderful creatures from a senior fish enthusiast. I was thinking of getting a few adult specimen but to my surprise I was given some very young fishes, slightly longer than a centimeter at max. Though I was a little concerned, I had trust in my tank water chemistry so I brought them home and after acclimating for about an hour, I released them in the tank. They did not have any color except from a few black smudges, so they got lost in the plants within a blink of an eye. After about 12 hours, they had the stress marks gone and carefully started to check out their new home. I was surprised to see their extreme schooling. I have kept some of the well known shoaling species but these little guys surely surpass them all.

Golden Dwarf Barb

Golden Dwarf Barb

More importantly, these are our native species so they’re well adapted to our environment. I did not see them suffer from sudden temperature changes, which is becoming very common in our country. Previously they were kept in a species only setup and I wanted to see how they do in a community. I have Cherry Shrimps, Neon Tetra, Harlequin Rasbora and a few other small fishes of the same size. So far I did not see any compatibility issues or nipping. Occasionally they’d chase one other but only for a brief amount of time.

They are currently almost two centimeters in size, this species is know to become slightly more than an inch in adulthood. They get a nice golden over all color with horizontal black blotches. Some of them has more prominent black stripes than other. Females are bigger and have a round belly compared to the males.

I’ve been feeding them tetra bits and occasionally dried tubifex. The growth seem to be good so far. I’ve also seen them eating chunks of algae wafer I feed my shrimps and otto cats. Though barbs are famous for the nipping tendency, I did not see any such behavior but then again, I don’t have any fish which might taunt them. I’m so in love with this fish that If I get the chance, I might consider setting up a species only setup soon. This is definitely one of the best looking ornamental fish that is native to our country.

The pictures were taken by me about an week after I put them in the tank.

Panam City

Panam City

Panam is a locality in Sonargaon thana of Narayanganj district, located about 27 kilometre north east of Dhaka city and 2.5 km to the north of Dhaka-Chittagong highway from Mograpara point. Sonargaon (golden village in literal meaning), the administrative centre of eastern Bengal under the Muslim sultanate rulers of Bengal of medieval era survives at present in the name of a ‘upazila’ in the Narayanganj district.

Standard 3 bracketed shots (-2/0/+2). HRD tonemapped in Photomatix 4.0. Slightly retouched in PhotoShop CS5.

Devotee

Devotee

Langalband a Hindu holy place situated on the bank of old brahmaputra close to Dhaka-Chittagong highway, 20 kilometres to the southeast of Dhaka city. Every year on the 8th day of lunar fortnight in the Bengali month of Chaitra, thousands of Hindu devotees from home and abroad assemble there for Astami snan, a holy bath in the river. They believe that this bath will please Brahma and they will be relieved of their sins and distresses.

Blausee

Blausee

Blausee (literally: Blue Lake) is a small lake in the Kander valley above Kandergrund at 887 m, near the river Kander. Administratively, it belongs to the Bernese Oberland. The lake has an area of 0.64 ha. The lake can be reached by bus from the train stations of Frutigen or Kandersteg. It is a popular tourist destination.

সুইচোরা

Green Bee Eater (সুইচোরা )

The Green Bee-eater, Merops orientalis, (sometimes Little Green Bee-eater) is a near passerine bird in the bee-eater family. It is resident but prone to seasonal movements and is found widely distributed across sub-Saharan Africa from Senegal and The Gambia to Ethiopia, the Nile valley, western Arabia and Asia through India to Vietnam. They are mainly insect eaters and they are found in grassland, thin scrub and forest often quite far from water. Several regional plumage variations are known and several subspecies have been named.

Taken at Tanguar Haor, 2012

Basel Munster

Basel Münster

Biggest church in Basel, Switzerland. The Basel Münster (Basler Münster) is one of the main landmarks and tourist attractions of the Swiss city of Basel. It adds definition to the cityscape with its red sandstone architecture and coloured roof tiles, its two slim towers and the cross-shaped intersection of the main roof. The Münster is listed as a heritage site of national significance.

The Cellist

The Cellist

Freiestrasse is one of the most busy streets of Basel. Lots of activities are going on in each corner of the street. It was a 5 min walk from my hotel. Whenever I had time to do some streets, it was an obvious location.

This guy playing ‘Cello’ caught my eyes and heart with really intense and passionate music which made the surroundings like a movie from the 80′s.

Processed using DPP, Photoshop, Silver Efex

Matterhorn

Matterhorn

The Matterhorn (German), Monte Cervino (Italian) or Mont Cervin (French), is a mountain in the Pennine Alps on the border between Switzerland and Italy. Its summit is 4,478 metres (14,690 ft) high, making it one of the highest peaks in the Alps. The four steep faces, rising above the surrounding glaciers, face the four compass points. The mountain overlooks the town of Zermatt in the canton of Valais to the north-east and Breuil-Cervinia in the Aosta Valley to the south. The Theodul Pass, located at the eastern base of the peak, is the lowest passage between its north and south side.

Gold Web

Gold Web

Caught a spider bathing in the early morning sun while sitting in the middle of its web.

Location: Dooers forest, Shiliguri, West Bengal, India.
Lens: Canon 75-300mm f/4-5.6 USM III

Green Bee Eater

Green Bee Eater

The Green Bee-eater (সুইচোরা), Merops orientalis, (sometimes Little Green Bee-eater) is a near passerine bird in the bee-eater family. It is resident but prone to seasonal movements and is found widely distributed across sub-Saharan Africa from Senegal and The Gambia to Ethiopia, the Nile valley, western Arabia and Asia through India to Vietnam. They are mainly insect eaters and they are found in grassland, thin scrub and forest often quite far from water. Several regional plumage variations are known and several subspecies have been named.

Taken at Tanguar Haor, 2012.