Gateway of India, Mumbai in the morning is a calm place. There are the morning people, but there is bustle as compared to the evenings and nights. The serenity is strangely coupled with a regular burst of fluttering wings..
This was at Magic Italy restaurant, Palolem, Goa. We were sitting with the sun nearly about to set, and it was creating these amazing light and shade patterns.. sparkles of light off glass bodies, red tinted shadows...
Raireshwar is a great trek trail in Maharashtra. This picture is from my 2007 trek. You can see the entire expanse of the valley down, and that day the view was even more cool and breathtaking because of the descending clouds. It was hot and very very humid when we were climbing, but during our descent, we ran into torrential downpour. We pushed on the path and after some time, the rain stopped - revealing this site! Info- Raireswar is in the Bhor region, near the Walki river. The same river is seen in this picture. There is a Shiva temple and the region takes its name after the Lord - Raireshwar also means Shiva
This is my first Halo - and I saw it from the flight back to Mumbai.. This was somewhere over Malaysia and the phenomenon struck me. Sharing some more details from wikipedia -
A halo (also known as icebow or gloriole) is an optical phenomenon produced by ice crystals creating colored or white arcs and spots in the sky. Many are near the sun or moon but others are elsewhere and even in the opposite part of the sky. They can also form around artificial lights in very cold weather when ice crystals called diamond dust are floating in the nearby air.
There are many types of ice halos. They are produced b
y the ice crystals in cirrus clouds high (5–10 km, or 3–6 miles) in the upper troposphere. The particular shape and orientation of the crystals is responsible for the type of halo observed. Light is reflected and refracted by the ice crystals and may split up into colors because of dispersion. The crystals behave like prisms and mirrors, refracting and reflecting sunlight between their faces, sending shafts of light in particular directions.
This is the longest wooden bridge in thailand, and according to some sources is the 2nd longest wooden bridge in the world. It is about 850 meters long, over the river Songaria in Sangkhla Buri, Thailand. It connects the Mon (Burmese) village to the Thai mainland. "Famous as Mon Bridge, it is also called Bridge of Faith owing to the techniques used" - quoted from an online source.
Watching this faint rainbow from the flight, I was suddenly hit by the thought that this was the first time i was looking at a rainbow with land forming the backdrop! Shot this photo somewhere over Phillipines, just before landing at Manilla
Vigan is one of UNESCO world heritage sites - still preserving the spanish culture amidst local phillipino culture. One of the interesting handicrafts are these bamboo-shoot-woven artefacts for household decor. They give a whole colourful appeal to all the souvenir shops at this place.