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Mist

Photograph of foggy road

Photograph of foggy road

The hills in the eastern part of the Indian state of Kerala are home to several nature reserves and wildlife sanctuaries. When we visited one of these reserves during the summer, we were caught off guard by the dense fog and relatively low temperatures.

(Submitted to the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenges: ‘Rounded‘ and ‘Path‘)

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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“)

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Splash

Water rain drop

Water rain drop

Once, during some rain, I went outside, hoping to capture the perfect shot of falling raindrops. After several experimental/practice shots, I hit the jackpot using a high shutter speed and flash.

The rain splashes, though beautiful, are very short lived. They last no longer than a few milliseconds, and, without luck and the right equipment, they would be lost forever, never to be marvelled at by us.

(Entered in the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenges: “H2O“, “Time“, “Monochromatic“, “Close Up“, “Muse“, “Ephemeral“)