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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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Alpine Landscape

Alpine Landscape Photograph

Alpine Landscape Photograph

There are three distinct areas in this photograph of the Austrian Alps: the fluffy white clouds in the background; the lone mountain peak in the mid-ground; and the lush green hills in the foreground. All three elements contribute something to the photograph, and combine to create a visually appealing and greatly picturesque landscape.

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Fresh Leaves

Photo of Leaves

Photo of Leaves

Judging from the fresh, clean and supple appearance of the leaves in this photograph, the leaves are probably only a few hours old. The central stem too is an indicator of the plant’s age. Rather than being brown and woody, the stem of this plant is red and soft. This is one of the clearest indicators of a young plant.

The photograph is almost perfectly focussed on the border of the bottom-most leaf. This, along with the contrast of the leaf with the background, makes the jagged edge of the leaf distinctly visible.

(Submitted to the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenges: “Details“, “Details“, “Pure” and “Close Up“.)

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Bamboo

Photograph of Bamboo

Photograph of Bamboo

The harsh cold had wiped out all the greenery in a group of  northern Chinese villages. Snow lay fallen wherever the eye looked and people could scarcely be seen leaving the comfort of their homes. But for the occasional smoke from a chimney, there were no signs of any life. As harsh as it was, that winter too eventually passed. And like every year, the winter gave way to the warmth and beauty of the spring. Life was breathed back into the region. The ground thawed, flowers blossomed, and the area started recovering its greenery. Bamboo forests that had lain dormant and freezing for months shook of their white coats and started growing again. Bamboo was a symbol of prosperity and well-being and its reemergence from the snow was taken as a sign of good fortune by the people of the area.

The central stalk of bamboo in the photograph was around 35 feet in height and 15 centimeters in diameter. That may not seem like much, but one must remember that bamboo is not a tree, it is a grass. In fact, Giant Bamboo is the tallest known grass in the world. The largest stalks, found in Asia, have been known to grow as tall as 100 feet and as wide as 30 centimeters.

(Entered in The Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenges: “Depth” and “Vivid“)

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Holey

Photograph of a Leaf

Photograph of a Leaf

A hungry caterpillar somehow managed to climb up a tall plant and reach one of the lush green leaves he had been observing from the ground. A warmth rose in his body at the prospect of the meal he was about to enjoy. However this warmth was unceremoniously extinguished when the caterpillar saw that another caterpillar had already eaten from that particular leaf. Even the beautiful texture and lush greenery of the leaf could not do much to improve the caterpillar’s mood. Caterpillars are known to be greedy and gluttonous, so it is understandable why this particular caterpillar was aggrieved at finding the leaf half-eaten. Not willing to compromise his morals by eating a half-eaten leaf, he made the long journey back down and started looking for more leaves, preferably uneaten ones.

The above story is probably a decent reflection of the actual story surrounding the leaf in the photograph. The leaf is lush enough to attract most caterpillars, and the holes certainly resemble caterpillar bite marks.

If the story is accurate, a marvellous transformation is about to occur. The caterpillar, fattened up on leafy treats, will soon spin a cocoon around itself, shielding it from the outside world while the change takes place. After a while, it will emerge as a beautiful butterfly, almost unrecognisable.

(Submitted to “Details“, “Close Up” and “Tuesdays of Texture” @ https://narami.wordpress.com/category/tuesdays-of-texture/)