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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Smiles galore


There is a smile of love,
And there is a smile of deceit,
And there is a smile of smiles
In which these two smiles meet;

William Blake.


This post was the winning entry in  Day one : Tuesday Take #82

Ganpati Pulay

Ganapati Pulay...... a small little village on the Konkan coast line with pristine waters and very calm and balmy surroundings. Also famous there is the Ganesh temple. Took this contre-jour shot in one of the many palm and coconut groves that dot the Konkan coastline. Lived in the MTDC resort at the beach and every morning that we were there, we were greeted by the sight of beautiful beach and every night slept with the sounds of the waves.




Spotted some fishermen throwing their nets in the water. 



Flower

Another red flower from the archives. This flower was in the "carnivorous flowers" exhibit at the Singapore Botanic Garden. You cant think of something so beautiful munching on animals. (LOL)



Fantasy in clouds.

I totally enjoyed doing this fantasy pic. I really ought to stop thinking about ice-creams.

Posting it in Monday Photo Shoot

Monday, November 28, 2011

Singapore skyline

This is the skyline of Singapore at sunset. I took this with a point-and-shoot. No melodramatic colors as it was threatening to be a bleak and rainy evening. But The beauty of the whole scene was totally breathtaking.



Flowers and bees

Posting it in Mellow yellow Monday, NF : Macro and Macro Monday.


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Saturday, November 26, 2011

Beauty in rugged terrain

I live in Pune..... a plateau surrounded on all sides by hills and mountains. For me growing up included trekking these hills and being totally enamored by the scenery...... which forever keeps changing. I took this pic with a point-and-shoot in Lonavala, a hill station very close to Pune. The hills were covered with a beautiful green carpet of grass and there was this strange looking leafless moss covered tree growing out of nowhere among the rocks. A couple sat ensconced in the middle of all this totally oblivious of everything and everyone.


flowers

I caught sight of these little flowers in Singapore at the Orchid Garden. They weren't among the highlighted flowers but I thought it was most beautiful.

Posting it in Tina's Weekend Flowers and Macro Flowers Saturday, Today's Flowers.


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This post got second place in Tina's pic story : weekend flowers # 23. Thank you everybody for voting for me. 


Serene and Tranquil


Skywatch Friday - 4

Another day of amazing skies.

Posting it on Skywatch Friday.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Softie

The best part of photographing Sofites is that they don't crib!!!! Put them anywhere hold them anyway..... take hours putting them in sun or shade...... they don't utter one cribby word. This is my favorite softie..... (I have lots and lots of them) She looks dumb..... but very cute!!!

Posting it in Thursday challenge : Theme : Soft, SOOC

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Flamingos

Flamingos are my favorite birds. Not only because they are beautiful but because of their migratory nature. We have them in India around March in Sewri in Mumbai. These days their numbers have dwindled so for the last few years photographing them has been banned. I took this pic with a point-and-shoot at Singapore zoo. I love the vibrant colors of the birds: A GIFT of nature...... I'd love to add flowers and vibrant skies as well but these beautiful birds take ur breath away....... Simply brilliant!!!





Out for a walk

Sunsets from Goa Beach

Another pic of the sunsets of Goa from Calangute beach.

Another page from Nature's bountiful beauty totally unedited. I didn't even crop this one. Fabulous and the shimmering sea


Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Giving and Receiving

These three pics are my version of giving and receiving. It shows hands offering prayers and flowers and taking blessings. I am Hindu. We believe that the fire is the most pure element and hence we seek blessings from it. 

Posting it in FMTSO 

Flowers and leaves (Basil and Bael) are offered to the deity. 



Flowers are a very important feature in all prayers. Check here for more details.



Receiving blessings from the Aarti. 

This pic was chosen as one of the spotlight pics in Friday My Town Shoot-Out : Theme : Arms and Legs.

Leaf

I just realised that I don't have a single pic of a leaf of course I am not considering all those coconut, lotus and palm leaves that are really huge so went to my terrace and this is what I got. 




Flower of the day

Can you spot the little ant????

Posting it on Ruby Tuesday


Jejuri

These pics are from Jejuri and the main temple of Khandoba. The Temple finds its uniqueness by the 450 or more stairs that you have to climb to get there and also by the 350 deepmalas. I haven't yet seen one single temple that houses sooooooo many deepmalas. The other factor that amazed me was the crowds of people that flank the place on sundays. I actually returned back after seeing the throngs of people...... lacs and lacs of them......... and had to make another trip another day just to go up.

Posting it in Our World Tuesday.

This is the main entrance to the temple after you have climbed all the 450 which seemed much much much more to me.




This is a view of the steps which lead you to the main gabhara or temple which houses the idols.



This is the final leg of the stairs.


Monday, November 21, 2011

Blue Skies and blue water

I took this pic in Goa and Anjuna beach. Just close to the water there was this shack and this lone coconut tree. There were more coconut trees some feet away but I was visually able to cut this one off the rest and it gave the impression of a lone viewer of the seas..... it kinda looked isolated, sage and ponderous. I went click click click.


Flowers from the fences.

This particular flower grows in the fences of a building I pass by. It withers immediately if you pick it. I don't really know the name of this flower. But what attracted me to these flowers were its purple stamens. That made it really unique.



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Sunday, November 20, 2011

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Football in the rain

This pic is from the archives a month back when we had torrential rains. A group of kids thought it was a great day for some soccer in the rain. It brought a lot of cheer on an otherwise gloomy day...... a candid long shot from my terrace.... clarity of the pic is compromised because of the darkness and the rain.

Posting it on PhotoHunt 292 Theme Wet/Rain



Friday, November 18, 2011

Candid shots of a Family having a picnic lunch.

I saw this small family enjoying a picnic lunch in the shade of a tree on a hot summer afternoon. I love the anticipation in the eyes of all three members of the family as the mother open the box of goodies. Even the youngest member of the family...... It was very endearing!!!

Posting it as an entry for Photo Friday

Friday Skywatch

Took this picture from the terrace of my home. This is again another page from nature's bounty. I haven't edited the picture one bit only cropped it from the top. The sky usually seems to have all these myriad of colors after a brief spell of rain.

Posting this in Skywatch Friday.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Church and Cross





Paragliders

Para gliding in Goa. This is a long shot of some paragliders in the sea at Goa. They looked so beautiful flying.


Submitting this in Watery Wednesday and Southern Daydreamer

Reflection

I found this broken bottle on the beach...... probably washed up by water from some place, or could be some genie who escaped from the bottle or some insensitive person who smashed his beer bottle after drinking its content. So many mysterious stories can be woven on this one broken bottle. The reflections it made on the sand and water were amazing couldn't resist clicking it....... before i threw it in the trash.


Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Flowers

I took this pic in Singapore in front of Shri Krishna Temple at Bugis while I was strolling by.

Posting it in weekend flowers, Ruby Tuesday, Today's Flower,

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