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Rising Moon

Photograph of Rising Moon

Photograph of Rising Moon

The moon rising over a calm ocean can be quite a sight, as I found out during my trip to the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

(Submitted to the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge: ‘Serene‘)

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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: “Serene“, “Wanderlust“, “Earth” and “Atop“)

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Alpine Village

Photograph of Valley

Photograph of Valley

Almost every valley in the Austrian Alps holds some small, rarely-heard-of village. Many of them have tiny populations, cover very little area and have only one or two large buildings. The houses are mostly built using wood and in the old-fashioned style with sloping roofs to keep the snow off. Unlike the large cities where almost everybody knows some English, people in these villages speak only German. Therefore communication may be a problem for outsiders.

While the basic necessities such as electricity and paved roads are available in these villages, they have managed to resist widespread urbanization. Hopefully they will continue to do so, as what these villages hold in terms of historic and cultural value cannot be replaced by any city in the world.

In this photograph, a small village is flanked by the beautiful Austrian Alps. Clouds are gathering above the mountain tops.

(Entered in the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenges: “Wanderlust“, “Ambience” and “Landscape“)

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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“)