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Thursday, November 28, 2013

Coke Calories

400 ml of coke is 170kcal, as it says so clearly on the pack, on the top left side of the label, just above the brand name Coca Cola. This contains 44 gms of sugar which = 10 teaspoons of sugar. All the best to those who drink this poison! All bottled drinks should carry a calorie label.

coke bottle with calorie label

Not surprising considering that so much of it is just sugar. But wait, the main ingredient is carbonated water and then comes the sugar. And naturally to balance out all this acidic mix, they need an acidity regulator which is the third ingredient. And then the natural colours and flavous. What one can be sure of is that there is nothing natural about this drink. Alcohol is more natural. Banning coke is a better idea than banning alcohol.

coke nutritional label information

You might also like: Obesity statistics of the world or Images of overweight people or Obesity silhouettes  or Sketches and images of feet on a weighing machine
Or another high calorie food - Sausages and Fries or Pastries Croissants and cheesecake or Indian Sweets or Mithai or Chocolate Donuts photograph and illustration
Or try images of Muesli Nutrition Comparison and misleading labelling

Monday, November 25, 2013

Beach at Diu in Gujarat in India

This is a beautiful beach at Diu. Clean golden sand. Fresh air. A calm sea.

golden sands at Diu

Gentle waves lapping on the shoreline at the beach

shoreline of a beach at Diu

A panoramic view of a beach stretching out into the distance

wide expanse of beach

A wide expanse of beach at Diu with the setting sen as the backdrop.

beach panorama

More pictures of beaches: Daman Beach Scenes - Black Sands or Nature headers of beach scenes or Beach Scenes of different beaches or Beach Scenes for backgrounds or Goa beach shacks
or Rocky Dadar Beach where the beach has been eaten up by the sea.
Or try the label Beaches for all photos with a beach.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Pigeons in the city

Pigeons are routinely fed in pigeon loving India. Grains are dumped outside housing societies and it's no wonder that their population is galloping by leaps and bounds. Pigeons being fairly docile doves, are tolerated, even loved by people. Perhaps that is why they are indiscriminately fed, and more often  by those who do not live near their nesting sites. As they give birth every other month, this means that the population of pigeons can increase rapidly if they find an easy source of food.
The nesting sites can become very dirty and germ ridden, specially when the pigeon population explodes like it has done in Mumbai. Pigeon droppings are also harmful for health and place for germs to breed. Be careful of the droppings as they are acidic, and over several years damage tiles and buildings.

As long as you don't breathe in their droppings or touch them, there is no fear of disease. But if by mistake you come into contact with their droppings or the birds themselves, be sure to wash your hands thoroughly. There have been reports of pigeon droppings contaminating the air and affecting some people with asthma and causing breathing difficulties.

In this picture note the large heap of grain dumped for the pigeons to feed, right outside a housing colony. Most people are ignorant of the health issues causes by feeding pigeons indiscriminately. At least until the pigeon starts to next right outside their own window!

pigeons being fed in the city

A close up of a pigeon sitting on a cobbled rooftop. You can clearly see the orange coloured eyes with the large black pupils giving it a staring look.

pigeon sitting and staring on a roof top

These doves have adapted very well to city life because originally they inhabited rocky cliffs. The feral pigeon is the descendent of the rocky dove and find that ledges and window sills suit them fine! Being sociable they are found in flocks. Where you see one pigeon, be assured that many more are somewhere nearby.

pigeon perched on building ledge

The face of a pigeon, a portrait.

pigeon portrait

A pigeon perched on a ledge in a colony of skyscrapers.

pigeon on a skycraper

Two pigeons standing on a building ledge with the city in the background.

two pigeons on a ledge of a building in a city

You might also like to see photos or other birds: Emu the bird or Silhouettes of birds in flight or Fortune Telling by a parrot! or check out all the images filed under the label Birds.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Citronella Orange Ants

These are probably Citronella (Acanthomyops) ants although I thought at first they are Pharoah ants. They were surprisingly found on tree bark in Kerala, India although they are supposed to be native of North America. So I thought perhaps they are Pharoah ants (which are native to Indonesia and Africa) but finally concluded that they are Citronella as these type of ants make nests in rotting wood. Pharoah ants also have a darker coat on their belly and I did not see that here. These ants were found in the wild.

A close up of the orange, almost transclucent ant. A distinct black dot for the eye.

Citronella ant closeup

A swarm of the orange ant on a rotting tree.

swarm of orange ants

A few orange ants crawling on the bark of a tree. Higher resolution pictures with far greater clarity are available.

orange transluscent ants on the bark of a tree

You might also like to see pictures of Big black fly with red eyes - Photos and Sketches or Bee Silhouettes and Sketch or Cobwebs or Spiderwebs or Photographs of brown and black bees

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Donkey Carts

In certain places like in Rajasthan, India, carts can be pulled by donkeys. As seen in these photos, a small two wheeled cart to transport goods is being pulled by a donkey.

donkey cart

cart driven by a donkey

or Cycle Rickshaws in India or Hand-Pulled Rickshaws or try the label "Transport" for pictures of a variety of vehicles.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Venice Skyline Silhouettes

These are black and white silhouettes of Venice's Skyline - based on photographs taken at different points in the city. Venice, located in the Venetian Lagoon, is a beautiful city between the mouths of the River Po and the Piave.

This Venice silhouette represents a very famous area, a typical Venice scene with the outline of its domes and churches, with the river in the foreground. The floating buildings are on each side.

Venice silhouette with domes and churches and the river

This silhouette is done in a different style from the one above and represents the same scene. It is darker, with the sky in black as well.

Venice city silhouette in black and white

A silhouette of the city of Venice from the interior canals. A canoe or gondola is in the foreground and one of the many small bridges which connects two sides of the river in the background.

Silhouette of Venice with the gondola and bridge

A silhouette of Venice with a dark sky background. This is not a typical Venice scene but a glimpse of Venice as one approaches Venice.

venice silhouette from a distance

Related Images: Silhouettes of the London Skyline
More Sketches and Silhouettes of London Monuments and Landmarks: Westminster Silhouette and Sketch or Queen's Guard photo, sketch and silhouette or Tower of London Photograph, Sketch and Silhouette

Or try the label Skylines for more silhouettes, sketches, or photos of skylines of different cities of the world.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Sketch and Silhouette of a Swan

A black and white silhouette of a swan.

swan silhouette

A black and white sketch of a swan.
swan sketch

You might also like Silhouettes of birds in flight or Emu the bird or Weaver Birds Images or Weaver Bird Nests
See other Silhouettes and Sketches on this blog or pictures of Animals or Birds.

Monday, November 4, 2013

The Malayan Tapir

The Malayan Tapir or the Asian Tapir, is not an animal you see very commonly in most parts of the world. It is from the rainforests of South East Asia. It is a fairly large animal with an unusual coat. It is black mostly but it has a large white patch on its body and the tips of its ears are also white. This is black and white coat is for camouflage and it can be mistaken for a rock. It has a snout like a pig's.

These Tapirs are not tame, and are not from a zoo. The pictures are of wild Tapirs who have come out of the jungle at dusk.

Malayan Tapir

A Malayan Tapir from the side.

Black and White Tapir

Here you can see the Tapir's snout.

Tapir's snout

You might like to see images of Pigs eating garbage or Wild Zebras in Ruaha National Park Tanzania
More Pictures of animals: Elephants on the streets of India or Man with camel - photograph and silhouette  Yaks in Ladakh
You can also check the label "Animals " or "Wildlife."