30 June 2009

Camel race near Bikaner

Camel raceCamels might look ungainly, but they can sure cover the ground. These were competing at a festival near Bikaner in western Rajasthan in January 2007. The guy second from the left didn't make it to the end of the course — much to the crowd's amusement. It's quite a way to fall, though. Fortunately he wasn't injured, and he had the grace to laugh with them.
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5 comments:

the watercats said...

I've always wondered where they get their guts from doing this!... It's scary enough galloping around on a horse, never mind on something twice as tall! I love the photo! So much movement :-)

Anne- said...

Woo-hoo! What a vivid picture - as Watercats said, so much movement. I can almost smell the scene. I love the light, too.

pohanginapete said...

Thanks watercats, and I agree — even on a horse it can seem like a long way down, but on one of these you're far higher up. Presumably you get used to it (or maybe there's some natural selection going on ;^)

Anne-(?) Thank you :^) The festival carried on into the night and I almost didn't make it back to Bikaner...

Anne-Marie said...

Yes, it's Anne-Marie but for some reason Blogger has decided today my name is Anne-. You may call me AnneHyphen.

pohanginapete said...

AnneHyphen, I did wonder.