PhotoBlog: Swan and the beach

I clicked this photo around a year back when I had just bought Canon A720. The swan is flying over the paddy fields which are near the house. The photo is not of that good quality as I was at a distance of around 400 meters and had to use digital zoom. Digital zoom does impact the pixel density of the snap. I have to go miles before I capture a good snap!

Swan flying over the field

Swan flying over the field

Found two good photos of Palolem beach in Canacona, courtesy  Wikitravel

Canacona Coastline

Canacona Coastline

Sunset at Palolem Beach

Sunset at Palolem Beach

Kahin door jab din dhal jaye…

Last week on the occasion of Dasara, I got a long leave of a week and visited hometown in Goa. My house is located in south Goa, not very far from the boundary of North Karnataka. The very thought of home (home, sweet home) brings a picture of a house located among banana trees and shrubs (all the greenery), garden with coconut, betel, tamarind, kokum trees etc, a small spring to the south of garden, large plots of fields adjoining the spring and the Galgibag river flowing beyond the paddy fields, which ultimately meets the Arabian sea (You can imagine it as a farm house).

It was raining cats and dogs continuously from the day of Dasara. The whole week I had nothing to do and attend to, except some trivial household work and sleep. This gave me an opportunity to read books, listen to some old favorite Hindi songs, get wet in the rains, write some poems-some of which will find their place on this blog in due course. (काव्यशास्त्रविनोदेन गतः कालः).

On the fourth day after Dasara, Galgibag river flooded (due to high tide).  There was water all around our house and neighborhood and we had to take shelter in the houses (turned into refugee camps) which were at higher altitude than other houses in the neighborhood. 2 houses did collapse during flood. Luckily the flood water just kissed the front door of our house and then retreated. Perhaps I could have taken some photographs, but the basic instinct of saving oneself and family from the oncoming catastrophe prevailed the thought of taking photographs.

Every time I visit Goa, I make it a point to go to Galgibag beach, which is just 2 kms from my house. It’s like a devotee going to a temple for prayers regularly. But I missed it this time! There is some aura (and aqua!) about this beach which draws me towards it. It’s a lonely and hence a lovely beach. Since very few tourists (both domestic and foreign) visit this beach, no plastics materials are found and hence no pollution.

I stroll on the sand from one end to the other (sometimes with friends, sometimes with family and sometimes alone). It gives me great pleasure when all three- the sun, the sand and the sea come together. As the night approaches, the sun draws my attention towards it with yellow and light red colors spread on the horizon.

The sun is about to sink in water…

Sunset at Galgibag-1

Sunset at Galgibag-1

Sunset at Galgibag-2

Sunset at Galgibag-2

The sunset on the beach reminds me of the following lines sung by Mukesh from movie Anand-

Kahin door jab din dhal jaye

Saanjh ki dulhan badan churaye

Chupke se aaye

Mere khayalon ke aangan mai koi sapnon ke deep jalaye

Deep jalaye..

Kahin door jab din dhal jaye

Saanjh ki dulhan badan churaye

Chupke se aaye…

PhotoBlog: Neelkantheshwar

I often go for trekking to mountains and forts in and around Pune. Its fun, I get to know a new place, get to know history, and its a good exhausting activity for a person who just sits whole day pressing buttons on the keyboard! (Here I am using keyboard to type this blog post. :)) Recently I went to Neelkantheshwar, which is around 50 km from Pune. The name of the hill comes from Lord Shiva whose temple is there on the mountain (by the same name). There are sculptures depicting various prasangs of Ramayana, Mahabharat and Hindu mythology.
Here are some of the pictures of the trek.
Lord Ganesh

Lord Ganesh

Neelkantheshwar

Neelkantheshwar

Lord Shiva, Parvati and Ganesh

Lord Shiva, Parvati and Ganesh

Windows Wallpaper?

Windows Wallpaper?

Tree and Blue sky

Tree and Blue sky

Blue sky

Blue sky

Sculpture in the making

Sculpture in the making

Shree Krishna with Putana

Shree Krishna with Putana

Apsara dancing in Indra's court

Apsara dancing in Indra's court

Hanuman

Hanuman

Design on the ceiling

Design on the ceiling

Lord Shiva

Lord Shiva