T for The Tyger

You may feel I have perhaps over done the tiger, but think again, this wonderful animal is the only reason forests remain in India, if it were to go, forests of India will disappear in an instant. All of us need to reinforce the fact that Tigers must survive. It is his fear, his enormity, his ferociousness that actually lets so many animals survive. For without him, Man and Cattle will not fear venturing into jungles, grazing and cutting trees to make fields.

Perhaps there is no other creature on this planet that possesses the sort ofย aesthetic beauty and primal ferocity that the Tiger boasts of. I will leave you with perhaps the best known poem written on the Magnificent Cat :

~ The Tyger ~

Tyger, tyger, burning bright
In the forests of the night,
What immortal hand or eye
Could frame thy fearful symmetry?

In what distant deeps or skies
Burnt the fire of thine eyes?
On what wings dare he aspire?
What the hand dare seize the fire?

And what shoulder and what art
Could twist the sinews of thy heart?
And when thy heart began to beat,
What dread hand and what dread feet?

What the hammer? what the chain?
In what furnace was thy brain?
What the anvil? What dread grasp
Dare its deadly terrors clasp?

When the stars threw down their spears,
And water’d heaven with their tears,
Did He smile His work to see?
Did He who made the lamb make thee?

Tyger, tyger, burning bright
In the forests of the night,
What immortal hand or eye
Dare frame thy fearful symmetry?

~ William Blake ~
1757โ€“1827

Brightening the dry bushes with its Colour, Macchli also known as T-16 in Ranthambore stands proudly, now you know what inspired Blake. Does it not burn bright???

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The paw clamped on the soil tells you clearly this is a land owned by her, its her territory and that this land must be left to be as nature wants it to be… it will not allow it to be transformed into a concrete jungle.

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The sad fact about Macchli is that she is now 17 years old, has lost almost all her canines, is injured and is probably in the sunset phase of her life, however, unlike us humans, she will probably accept her end more gracefully than us. As long as it lives it continues to shine and brighten the jungle as much. ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

Honestly, I am in love with this Tigress and her tales ๐Ÿ™‚

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This Picture is for you Ashwathy ๐Ÿ™‚ Now you can see the Machhli on Machhli ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ˜€

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Related Posts & More shots of Macchli :

Elusive Tigers

C for Catย 

M for Macchli – The most famous Tigressย in India and Perhaps the World.

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19 thoughts on “T for The Tyger

  1. Wow, just WOW..
    Tigers (being members of the cat family) are such graceful animals.. one can see it in the way they carry themselves..

    Again, wonderful pics.. I mentioned in a post that you, Shail di and IHm should compile some of your pics and make a coffee table book..

  2. aaah the animal is so magnificent and elegant- yes they accept their ageing graciously; something we humans despite having 6 senses fail to be. Loved reading about macchli and hey the machli on the machli wwas a good one. BTW the second click had me enthralled dhiren ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. That was my favorite poem growing up…and now it has visuals to match! ๐Ÿ™‚ – I was wondering how you meant the opening sentence and the following explanation was very helpful ๐Ÿ™‚
    You do have a gift of clicking the right visuals:)

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