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Munnar

Photograph of Munnar Landscape

Photograph of Munnar Landscape

Munnar is a small hill-station in the Indian state of Kerala. Famous for its tea and spice plantations, Munnar (and the Western Ghats region in general) provides many fine views like this.

(Submitted to the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenges: “Wanderlust“, “Earth” and “Atop“)

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Enveloped

Photograph of a Yellow Flower

Photograph of a Yellow Flower

The petal arrangement of this flower is rather unusual. Normally, the petals of a flower are smaller and concentrated more closely together. In this case however, the yellow petals are abnormally large, and spread out relatively loosely. Due to the large size of the petals, the internal part of the flower is in the shadow, and seems to be getting enveloped by the petals. Also, interestingly, the petals form a sort of infinite staircase. If you start at any petal any go anti-clockwise, you will notice that you will only have to climb, never descend. Naturally, the reverse is true if you go clockwise. This is another feature of this flower that makes it unique and engrossing.

Flow

Photograph of a river

Photograph of a river

Fast flowing rivers such as the one in the photograph are massively powerful. They can get through almost any obstacle, carve out whole valleys and alter entire landscapes. Millions of litres of water flow at breakneck speeds through the river valley, racing to get to the plains as quickly as they can. Almost no fish can live in this part of the river – the current is simply too strong. The power and weight of the river is an inspiring reminder of the Forces of Nature

The river in the photograph is the River Kosi, in the Himalayan foothills. The river passes near the famous Jim Corbett National Park, and is an important geographical feature of the area. It flows pretty fast in this area, and this is evident from the large, rounded boulders on the river backs. Besides being important to the nearby landscape and wildlife, it is also important to the people living in the area. It generates a lot of income through tourism, fishing, hydroelectricity, etcetera. Though not as large or popular as the Ganga or Yamuna, it is nevertheless a spectacle of the scale of nature.

This photograph was actually taken on the way to the actual destination, which was Jim Corbett National Park. Often, the journey can be as good, if not better, than the actual destination.

Intricate

Photograph of carving in Agra

Photograph of carving in Agra

Agra is full of old monuments dating back to the time of the Mughal dynasty. Everyone knows about the Taj Mahal, but there are several other structures worth recognition.

One such example is the Tomb of Itmad-ud-Daulah. Not far from the Taj Mahal, this Mughal structure is often regarded as the rough draft of the Taj Mahal. It features some very intricate inlay work, not worthy of being called a ‘rough draft’. Also, unlike many of the carvings at the Taj Mahal, most of them at this Tomb are still intact. This is largely down to the relative lack of popularity of this Tomb compared to the Taj Mahal. The Taj Mahal receives millions of visitors every year, so it is naturally more susceptible to damage. This Tomb however, passes under the radar of most tourists, so the burden on it is less.

(Submitted to the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenges: “Details“, “Ornate” and “Symbol“)

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Photograph of Shadows

Photograph of Shadows

Shadows, sometimes in the most unexpected ways and places, can create some fascinating, intricate designs. If you have ever seen the moving shadows of a swaying tree in bright sunlight, you will know just how captivating shadows can be.

In this photograph, there are several aspects that attract one’s attention. The most striking feature of the photograph is probably the patterned square on the right. Due to their depth, the plus-shaped holes in the wall are not receiving sunlight like the rest of the wall is. This leads to a sharp contrast between the wall and the holes, immediately drawing one’s attention. Another fascinating aspect of the image is the shadow thrown on the wall by the plants. They are abstract in their form, but somehow they are aesthetically pleasing. Lastly, if one observes closely, one can observe the brush strokes of the paint on the left wall. Since the sunlight is coming from such an angle, the slight bumps in the paint block the light and throw shadows on the wall, making them visible in this photograph.

(Entered in the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge “Intricate“.)

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Clouds

Picture of Clouds

Picture of Clouds

Fluffy, cottony clouds are the stuff of fairy tales. Together with the bright summer sun and blue sky, they can be quite a sight. Lying under a blue sky in the grass with clouds soaring past overhead is probably one of the best feelings in the world. The summer in India is too hot to enjoy the outdoors fully, but there are a few weeks on either side of the summer in which the weather is almost perfect, and sights like this can be taken in.

(Entered in the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenges: “Seasons” and “Afloat“)