Weekly Photo Challenge: Awakening

We live between the act of awakening and the act of surrender. Each morning, we awaken to the light and the invitation to a new day in the world of time; each night, we surrender to the dark to be taken to play in the world of dreams where time is no more. – John O’Donohue

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Is it just me or did you too find it creepy that I chose the above picture for this week’s prompt – ‘Awakening‘? After all, it is Friday the 13th!

 

Did you know: Paraskavedekatriaphobia – A morbid, irrational fear of the date ‘Friday the 13th.’

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Rise/Set

I love sunsets. I would describe a sunset as “a phenomenon where a hungry invisible monster gobbles a huge ball of fire.”

I love sunrises too. But here’s the thing – I always miss sunrises. They happen way too quickly.

Almost a decade ago, on my trip to South India, we were told that Kanyakumari is one of the best places to view a sunrise. So there we were, standing by the seaside, at around 5.30 in the morning to view the sunrise. Oh boy, that was the best sunrise ever! I was young back then and dad wouldn’t let me use his precious camera so I was just an observer. I saw a huge ball of fire rising from the ocean and within seconds, it just went from under-the-sea to high-up-in-the-sky.

Years later, I was again on a trip to South India, in the state of Kerala to be precise. Munnar, apart from being famous for tea estates and spice gardens, is also known for beautiful sunrises.

I was a bit sad because our hotel was behind the hills and I knew that I would miss the sunrise. And yet, I stood on the balcony with a camera in my hand, waiting for the sunrise.

I might not have seen the huge ball of fire, but I saw something else and I captured it on my camera. Purple and orange sky with a silhouette of the hills, this picture is the best photograph that I have clicked to date.

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Before joining WordPress, I was on a photo-sharing site called ViewBug. The above picture was judged as the best picture on ViewBug. 🙂

Sometime in 2016, I visited Goa – the land of beaches, churches, temples and delicious food. Goa is also known for scenic sunsets. But we were there at the wrong time. Although it was February, the weather was gloomy and cloudy. I wouldn’t call this the best sunset I have ever watched, but it wasn’t bad either.

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The sun looked hazy and blurred. Looks like the sun was under the weather. 😉

I am not a fan of photoshop. I like my photos ‘au-naturel’ as they call it. While I was checking my archives for pictures of sunsets I came across this photo that I had clicked in Kochi. (I visited Munnar on the same trip)

Just for fun, I was trying out filter-effects when I came across ‘cinematic’. I think ‘cinematic’ does justice to the photo below. It makes the scene more romantic perhaps?

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Or, does it remind you of Gulliver’s travels?

Weekly Photo Challenge: Story

I decided to take the buggy ride on my recent trip to Lalbagh Botanical Garden. Apart from the lake, glass house and lots and lots of flowers, I saw many interesting trees.

Before you ask me “what is so interesting about trees?”, let me show you a picture.

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This is just an ordinary looking tree you say?

The name of this tree is Ficus Krishnae and there is a story attached to this name. The leaves of this tree are in the shape of a spoon. It is believed that Yashoda (Lord Krishna’s mother) used the leaves of this tree as a spoon to feed butter to Lord Krishna .

Have a closer look at one of the leaves.

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Doesn’t it look like a spoon?

Now, isn’t this an interesting little story? 🙂