WPC: Earth

The good people at WordPress have chosen Earth as the theme for this week’s Photo Challenge. It’s fitting to give a tribute to Mother Earth with Mother’s day just around the corner.

Always full of surprises, our planet is full of inspiration. I get it from the calm and comfort of the sea and the pretty colorful flora. You probably are tired of hearing that though. 🙂

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Just staring into the beyond…!
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Human infestation in the background.
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So. Damn. Magnetic.
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Those petals caught the sunlight so beautifully…

WPC: Careful

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Careful.”

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How about a bath?
I guess this photo doesn’t really bring forth the menace that this waterfall had been. But trust me when I say that I witnessed both heaven and hell under it. For one, the water had been ice cold. And two, the force of the water was crazy! Then imagine standing under it without your shirt on. ‘Nuff said. 

Oh and did I mention the leech colony that was prospering on the wooden log? We all got out lightly as somebody noticed it very soon, otherwise just imagine the horror!

WPC: Creepy

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Creepy.”

Well, as you can clearly see, I do not do creepy. Unless it’s a creeper creeping up on a wall.

Anyway, I was rummaging through my recent camera roll for anything that looked even remotely eerie and I landed upon this. Well you see, the truth is, I’ve always had a thing for bare trees. I cannot really explain why, because I know it’s bizzare, but I find bare trees set against the sky really quaint – if I may use the word.

So of course I would jump at the first chance to capture something like this.

This one was almost bare, and the ominous clouds only add to the creepiness I suppose.

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P.S. Don’t kill me for the totally misplaced watermark. I just got lazy. 😉

WPC: Flower gleam and glow…

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Close Up.”

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Well I wish I had something more out-of-the-box, but anyway flowers are meant to be macro’d rite? 🙂

I captured this lotus during my trip to Pondichery. One usually finds lotuses in ponds, and mostly in temple tanks so I was glad to see them grown in small water pots outside a restaurant. It’s difficult to get a macro of them otherwise!

Of Windows and Waterfalls

Okay I’m falling behind my Photo 101 assignments. Grrrh, it’s just I’m not finding anything worthwhile to capture that would suit the given themes. So I sifted through my older collection and found a couple of photos that I hope you will like.

For the theme: Edge & Alignment

This was taken in our old apartment, at around 4 or 5 PM. I know because I usually go to sleep after lunch and wake up around that time on weekends 😛 Anyway, I found the streaks of sunlight through the window really cool. And I remember that I took this through a glass door, so it’s not very clear.

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For the theme: Double & Rotation

I didn’t rotate this one. Obviously. I found the two crisscrossing trunks of the trees very peculiar and it made for an interesting subject. This is Monkey Falls in Tamil Nadu, and true to its name completely run down by those pesky apes!

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Whew! So that finally brings me up to speed. 🙂

A pop of color! And a wedding bell!

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Just an other flower.

So I’ve finally attended a wedding after ages. Like literally! I’m usually not very fond of them. The people, the noise, the lights – it just tires me like no other. So unless the couple getting married mean something to me, I try and avoid going to weddings as much as possible.

But this time it was a very close colleague of mine and also it was in Kerala, a state I’ve always wanted to visit! So, I thought why not! And now I’m so glad I did. The wedding was in a church, and it was beautiful from start to finish. And needless to say, the food was awesome too! 🙂

I also got a little taste of Kerala! Man, is it green!! There’s trees and plants and grass everywhere, coating the entire place in green. To go from a concrete jungle to what felt like a real jungle, it felt like such a welcome respite. Oh, and it is the beginning of monsoon season too. I finally understood the real meaning of intermittent rains!! 

I don’t have any wedding pictures for you as I don’t think they’d like them to be publicly displayed but I did capture other stuff. Like Moss! And the wonderful flora, one of which I shared above.

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Also, a perfect fit for Monday’s Photo 101 theme: a pop of color!

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Beauty can be found in almost everything, if only one remembers to open their eyes.

I seem to be twisting a lot of Dumbleore quotes lately, for no reason. 🙂

Anyway, these are for today’s Photo 101 theme: nature and leading lines. 

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For people who are getting sick of my Sunrise photos, sorry I cannot seem to help it 😉

My idea of bliss…

Today’s theme for Photo 101 was bliss. And I went, “well that should be easy”.

It really is, though. I’m the kind of person who derives happiness from the little things of life. A tasty meal, a good book, a beautiful painting, neatly formatted Java code – you get the idea.

But a library is what represents the utmost bliss to me. Seriously, I could probably make it my home, waking up to the books around me every day. Unfortunately I do not have a photo of a library to share with you today but here are some of the other things that put me in a state of bliss.

– Going out for a walk on a misty early morning. The cool breeze gently caressing my face. I shiver, and yet I find it intoxicating.

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Gives me the chills just looking at the photo.

– Hearing the deep murmur of a flowing river. Therapeutic.

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Koolangal River, Valparai. The water was ice cold!

– And last but not the least. Staring into the open sea. Serene, comforting, deeply reflective. Inner peace…

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Indian Ocean as seen from Dhanushkodi

So what is your idea of bliss? Do let me know in the comments below!

Atop the hill. A flower.

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “On the Way.”

Well technically, this was on the “Way Back”.

I’d gone on a trekking trip a couple of months back. We climbed the hill through the night and started the descent at around 6 AM. And the hill did have some varied flora and fauna, like this one flower that I’ve never seen before.

Oh, and here’s a bonus photo of the view from the top during sunrise! It was marvelous, to say the least.

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