Happy New Year 2012

Wish You All a Very Happy and Prosperous New Year 2012.

No man is beaten until his hope is annihilated, his confidence gone. As long as a man faces life hopefully, confidently, triumphantly, he is not a failure; he is not beaten until he turns his back on life.

(Orison Swett Marden)

Dry Leaf

Green leaves are beautiful, but when they become dry, they look even more beautiful. Here is the proof.

Dry Leaf

White-banded Digger Bee

 The White-banded Digger Bee (Amegilla quadrifasciata) is a species of solitary bees belonging to the family Apidae, subfamily Apinae. They have a body length up to 12 mm long. The thorax is densely hairy, while the abdomen alternate black and white stripes. They have large bulging eyes, their long probosces allow them to sip nectar from a variety of flowers and the hairy hind legs facilitate the collection and transport of pollen. They excavate nest in loose soils. The nest is provisioned with pollen and nectar, as food for their larvae.

White-banded Digger Bee (Amegilla quadrifasciata)

Old Stairs

This Old Stair picture was taken at an archeological site named Rani Ghat Ruins ( Rani Ghat Kandarat). Rani Ghat is a Buddhist archeological site located in district Buner, near Swabi and Buner boundary.

Old Stairs
Old Stairs

Painted Daisy

The Painted Daisy or Tricolor daisy (Chrysanthemum carinatum) is an ornamental plant in the family Asteraceae (daisy family).

Painted Daisy-Chrysanthemum carinatum

Common Line-blue Butterfly

The Common Line-blue (Prosotas nora superdates) is a species of small tailed blue butterfly in the family Lycaenidae (The Gossamer-Winged Butterflies), subfamily Polyommatinae, found in Asia. It has a wingspan of about 20 to 25 mm.

Common Line-blue (Prosotas nora superdates)

Indus River Dolphin

The Indus River Dolphin or Bhulan (Platanista gangetica minor) is a member of the family Platanistidae. It is found only in Pakistan and lives in the lower portion of the Indus River system. It has a body length up to 2.5 m and maximum weight up to 90 kg. It has an estimated lifespan of about 20-28 years. It has tiny eyes, only able to detect light or dark, not details and that is why it's also known as "Blind Dolphin". It has a long and slender rostrum, used for catching shrimps, crabs and fish. It survives in muddy, silt-laden water and locates its prey by making high-pitched sounds and tracing the echoes. Indus River Dolphin is one of the most endangered members of the whale and dolphin family. According to a recent survey held in April 2011, there are 918 blind dolphins in the river Indus from Guddu to Sukkur.

Indus River Dolphin-Platanista gangetica minor

French marigold-Tagetes patula

The French Marigold (Tagetes patula) is a species of annual flowering plant  in the daisy family (Asteraceae). It's grown as ornamental plant. It's a low growing plant, which reaches a height of 20 inches. The flower is usually red with yellow color margin and splashes. French marigold is a companion plant of tomato and some other vegetables, which repel whiteflies, pests of economic importance. They produce a pesticidal chemical from their roots, which kill nematodes in the soil. This chemical lasts several years after the plants are gone. French marigolds together with other species of marigolds are grown commercially for its flowers. The flowers are used in wedding ceremonies, garlands, decoration and various traditional and religious rituals.

French Marigold-Tagetes patula

Lunar Eclipse

Lunar Eclipse 10th December 2011
Lunar Eclipse Photo

Stolen Pictures

From round about an year, in spite of my regular posting, I'm loosing my visitors. The main reason behind this is that a lot of people stole or hot linked images from my blog without any permission or even acknowledgement.  To combat this issue, I used the DMCA platform. Some time the complaint worked greatly by deleting the infringing post(s). But some time instead of infringing material they deleted my own work. Some host companies even don't bother to response. In some response they asked me to resolve the issue with concerned person manually. Now I decided to create a post, where I will hotlink the pictures, people stole from my blog and they are present on the net as my competitor.

Stolen Pictures

Infringing Post URL: https://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/bacp/supp_info/bed_bug_information.html/
Stolen Pictures
Bed Bug
Infringing Post URL: http://hotels.about.com/od/hotelsecrets/ig/Bed-Bugs/Bed-Bug-On-White-Cloth.htm
Stolen Pictures
Bed Bug
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