Only the pictures shall say anything…
They call Calcutta, the City of Joy. Maybe because its the yellow, the ubiquitous yellow in the city. Its hard to miss the yellow of the Taxis and the taxis themselves. That yellow makes them the perfect prop for a photographer. Here are a few moments stolen from the city life seen along with the ubiquitous taxis.
A Cormorant with its Catch. Caught You!
Uttarayan is the kite festival celebrated in Ahmedabad. The buzz for Uttarayan is phenomenal. Several days to go and people start getting into the festive mood, some would start arranging even rent terraces for kite flying. If you stay in Ahmedabad then ofcourse you would have to have a plan for Uttarayan. I too had one, shoot the skies. The day is quite eclectic but it is no match to the night sky. The night sky is on fire with the lantern kites or ‘tukkals’ as they are known. The sky matches any of those scenes from Hollywood movies where the aliens invade and fill the skies with lighted UFOs, as the ‘tukkals’ fill the sky like a thousand lanterns in a galaxy.
Here are the visual proofs of this stunning festival of kites and lights!
From Archives: This is mid 2012, just before monsoon when we spent two beautiful morning at Thol lake. Just as a sidenote I also lost my camera lens in this wilderness only to be found later after a night of rain. : )
Here is how I spent one fine morning in the end of January 2013. At the beautful Thol lake, a morning clad in pink and orange of the morning sun glistening over the lake. The waters were filled with golden orange interspersed by birds and vegetation growth.
Dangs is an unique hilly and heavily forested district. The district is the meeting ground of the Satpura ranges from central India and the sahaydris stretching to the south. Read More
This was the later leg of my drive through Rajasthan, Enroute Ahmedabad. I spent a morning at the Lake palace in Udaipur. Maharana Pratap’s Mewar dynasty ruled this kingdom. The palace also retells the story of the Battle of Haldi Ghati and Maharan Pratap’s tete-a-tete with the Mughal Forces with a number of exhibits within the museum of city palace.
Snaps of some of the forts and palaces in Rajasthan that I took during my travel through the state last week. Met my good old friends, drove a thousand kilometres and shot another thousand photographs. Here are a few that are worth looking at I guess. This is part I that includes snaps from the city of Jaipur with a lot of them from the Fort of Amer. Gallery below.
The first weekend of 2012 was spent on a half day trip to Bhindawas Lake. Although the poor management of the lake beckons for improvement, but the birds at the lake were in plenty. Perhaps all the more reason that Bhindawas should get be better management and conserved. Irrespective of that however we saw a number of species including some good raptor sightings, which included the peregrine falcon, though we couldn’t photograph the fellow.
The gallery below contains a some of the birds we sighted at Bhindawas.
Captures from the Sultanpur lake in the beginning of December. We spotted some migratory birds and lots of local migratory birds. The best of all of them was the pied kingfisher, although not considered uncommon but for me it has always been a bird to look out for. I have come across this fellow only a few times. This time ofcourse was special as he gave us a lot of time to photograph himself!
Red Munia. When I was capturing this shot, it reminded me of the tales I had heard in my childhood of fairies who appeared on the flick of the magic feathers. Holding in its beak a white feather when this bird appeared in front of me, I was stunned for a while. On its red feathers, the white dots looked like, as if the God dabbed her feathers in white dots with his paintbrush as a final mark of his craftsmanship. After a little while, I rushed to clasp my camera firmly and started clicking discretely and praying that I don’t spoil these shots. Today when I look back at this shot I cant stop marvelling still- A red angel who appeared in front of me at the fag end of my trail. Yes you made my day. Give me Red.
The protagonist of our story here proudly powers his bike across a road in Rural Gujarat. A motorbike converted into a small rickshaw. And what an innovative and colorful result complete with pictures of Krishna and Radha.
Sandwiched between the serene blue waters of the Bhopal lake and hills, A road runs through the Van Vihar National Park. With forested area on one side and lake waters on the other, the place is an awesome place to regenerate away from the city.