Tamron Prize Challenge: Travel and Nature

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Kaas flower plateau
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Tourists in the background and Utricularia flowers in the foreground at Kaas flower plateau in India. 'Kaas' also known as the Valley of flowers of Maharashtra (although it's a plateau and not a valley). At 1200m elevation Kaas is a big lateritic plateau 160 km from Pune in Satara district of western part of Maharashtra, India within the Deccan area. The laterite soil ( red soil produced by rock decay; contains insoluble deposits of ferric and aluminum oxides ) cover is just a few inches thick lacking nutrients. So big trees don't grow here. Come September, and the plateau transforms into a colorful carpet of wild flowers of more than 100 species, including the purple Karvis, orange Gloriosa, yellow Smithia and Sonki and the pink Balsam. The plateau overlooks the lush evergreen forest in the Koyna catchment area, recently declared the Sahyadri Tiger Reserve.
Submitted: Tuesday, 4th October, 2011 11:30 (GMT)
Taken: Sunday, 13th September, 2009
Focal length: 105 mm
Shutter speed: 1/500 sec
Aperture: F8
ISO: 100
Views: 298
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