Bandhavgarh National Park

This post is going to be an intermezzo in my series of posts about Spain. This week I got a call for a submission of images taken in the leading national parks of India, one of them being Bandhavgarh National Park, one of the most important in the country because the number of tigers that live in it.

 (Carlos Peñalba)

I visited Bandhavgarh during my India exploration trip in 2011. I spent three days trying to get a glimpse of the beautiful beast, never easy, although Bandhavgarh is one of the places on earth where a sight is nearly guaranteed if you enter the park a few times.

 (Carlos Peñalba)

 (Carlos Peñalba)

The park can only be visited on a jeep with an authorised guide, and the number of jeeps that enter the park each day is limited. As the longer lens I had then was just an 85mm, shooting wild life from a jeep was very frustrating. I nevertheless shot all I could but I was not very happy with my images and didn’t bother editing them.

 (Carlos Peñalba)

 (Carlos Peñalba)

This week submission call made me have a look at them again, something worth doing from time to time with all images we shoot, and I started playing with a few and got quite surprised with the result.

 (Carlos Peñalba)

By no means they are an example of the best nature photography but they are an example of how some discarded images can become a somehow alive.

And yes, I managed to get to see a tiger in the wild. Even though it was a busy road the tiger didn’t hesitate to cross it in between about 15 to 20 jeeps full of tourists. She was too powerful to feel intimidated by the shooting cameras.

 (Carlos Peñalba)

You can see the full gallery here: Bandhavgarh National Park