Summers in Central India are very harsh as the average daytime temperature hovers around 44 degree Celsius+ scorching the earth and vegetation alike and drying up water sources. It is a difficult time for the jungle denizens for they must find water in order to survive the brutal heat.
Last month I was at safari in a Central India tiger reserve and waiting there at a prominent waterhole that lay dry but for a small pool in the middle. There was no sign of any wildlife around but after a brief wait I saw a Deer herd walking cautiously towards the waterhole and settling to drink. The herd was accompanied by their trusted watchman friend, an Indian Langur Monkey who maintained a careful watch.
Shot at 70 mm to create some depth in the scene and also to show the heat effect in the surroundings.