December 11, 2018

Vivekananda Rock by twilight

In a conflict between the heart and the head, follow your heart. – Swami Vivekananda

 

Eight years back, when I visited Kanyakumari, I did not get to actually visit the Vivekananda Rock. Back then, I had to settle for the view from ashore. It brought back memories from my childhood visit – the grandeur mandap, the towering pillars, the roaring waves, the serene & the cool rock – were all etched in my memory.

So this time around, when the chance presented itself, I was more than eager to get out there. But, I was a bit taken aback, on how things had taken a turn. From the confusing ticketing queues (one for the ferry and one for the entry at the rock, makes one wonder why someone would take a ferry and avoid entering the rock) to the huge crowds this place draws, the experience is no longer pristine. It was really sad that sitting in silence or meditation was no longer allowed on the grand hall and the so called meditation hall, set up down below makes one claustrophobic.

Don’t get me wrong, the rock and the mandap is still an awe inspiring structure.  Actually the design of the mandapa incorporates different styles of temple architecture from all over India. You definitely should visit if you are around in Kanyakumari. But at the same time, the experience is no longer as serene as it used to be. For now. given a choice, I’ll settle for the view from ashore and hold on to my memories :)

 

Canon 7D : Tamron 18-270 mm : ISO 125 : 76 mm : f6.7 : 30 sec

    Vivekananda Rock
Kanyakumari, TamilNadu, India
November 30, 2018

Empire State by Twilight

There is no other place like NYC :) Each visit brings an experience unto itself. Sometimes the best view is not from the tallest tower , but from the one just behind it !

 

Canon 7D : Tamron 18-270 mm : ISO 250 : 70 mm : f6.7 : 1/90 sec

    Empire State
New York, New York, USA
November 22, 2018

Time

The problem is we think we have time.

If Big Bang happened at the first day of the year, the first second of January 1, then : humans didn’t arise until the last day of the year, and modern civilization makes up about the last 14 seconds of the year. – Neil Tyson, Cosmic Calendar.

In large scheme of things, our life is minuscule and insignificant. Yeah your read that right – insignificant, but it is wonderfully insignificant. We often lose track of the time that we have out here and the difference we make.

If the Cosmic Calendar makes you feel insignificant, the Life in Weeks Calendar, can help put things in perspective of how much time we really have, to make a difference. And it is up to us, to make it wonderful.

Its funny how we think we have all the time in the world, yet it is the other way around. But its never too late to become aware of how time and life drifts away, each moment. So, what are you waiting for – build that business, open that school, start that hobby, make that phone call, learn that skill, take that vacation …

Don’t wait, go DO that thing you really wanted to do …

Canon 7D : Canon 10-22 mm : ISO 2500 : 10 mm : f3.5 : 30 sec

By the Stars
Cedar Key, Florida, USA
November 8, 2018

Pristine beaches of SC

Nature has its way of taking care of things, all we need to do is not interrupt :)

Bulls Island, is an undeveloped barrier island within the Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge. Its one of the most pristine spans of coastline on the eastern seaboard. Its seven miles of beaches include the famed Boneyard Beach, where the remains of surf-battered trees are littered across the sand. To add to that, after each high tide, every corner of the beach is restored to its immaculate state :)

To preserve the wildlife and its habitat, Cape Romain is closed from dawn to dusk, and no camping is allowed on the refuge islands. Hence not many get to witness sunrise on the pristine Boneyard Beach.

Canon 7D : Canon 10-22 mm : ISO 100 : 10 mm : f3.5 : 1/125 sec

  Boneyard Beach
Bulls Island, South Carolina, USA
October 31, 2018

You are exactly where you need to be …

You are exactly where you need to be …

And you have the choice to stay or move forward, one step at a time :) Either way, enjoy the journey.

 

Canon 7D : Tamron 18-270 mm : ISO 200 : 18 mm : f3.5 : 1/45 sec

  Rough Ridge Trail
Blue Ridge Parkway, North Carolina, USA
October 21, 2018

Yin Yang of Fall

Be Thankful for the shadows, for they are there only because of the light :)

Canon 7D : Tamron 18-270 mm : ISO 100 : 200 mm : f5.6 : 1/15 sec

  Grandfather Mountain
Blue Ridge Parkway, North Carolina, USA
October 16, 2018

Fall Colors by Tranquil lake

A tranquil lake, twilight shades, fall colors, some calming reflections – prefect recipe for a lovely shot :)

Canon 7D : Canon 10-22 mm : ISO 100 : 16 mm : f4.0 : 1/4 sec

  Mirror Lake State Park
Baraboo, Wisconsin, USA
October 7, 2018

The Capitol by full Moon

Initiated around 1793, the core building of The Capitol (Washington D.C) construction took 33 years. It was interesting to learn that the current dome of the capitol building was actually the second one. The original wooden dome was subsequently replaced as a precaution for fire.

Today it stands as the meeting place of the nation’s legislature. The Capitol also houses an important collection of American art, and it is an architectural achievement in its own right. The several blocks from Washington memorial to the capitol building houses the various Smithsonian museums and is a great place to take a walk !

 

Canon 7D : Tamron 18-270 mm : ISO 200 : 33 mm : f4.0 : 1.5 sec

  The Capitol
Washington, D.C, USA
September 30, 2018

Twin Falls on a Rainy Day

Don’t judge a book by it’s cover
And never judge a day by it’s weather

This particular Saturday started with showers all around. It was a tough choice to decide between lazing the afternoon with family in the couch vs driving couple of hours and taking a hike. With the rain, it was tempting to decide to stay at home, especially since it involved a hike. ClearOutside showed a small break in weather for the late afternoon. Am glad I gambled to take the risk, at the end it really paid off :) Though I did get wet, the rain added to the volume of the cascade and the rolling fog made the day !

Generally, worse the weather & lower the probability of getting a shot, the better it turns out to be :)

Canon 7D : Canon 10-22 mm : ISO 100 : 10 mm : f22 : 10.0 sec

  Twin Falls
Sunset, South Carolina, USA
September 23, 2018

Sunrise @ South Tip, India

Kanyakumari , the southern most tip of Incredible India, is well known for a handful of things – The Vivekananda Rock, Thiruvaluvar statue, the small fishing colony, Devi Kanyakumari Amman Temple on one end and Our lady Church on the other. But it all comes together during sunrise, when everyone gathers by the coast to witness the dynamic colors :)

Canon 7D : Canon 10-22 mm : ISO 100 : 10 mm : f4.5 : 0.3 sec

  Sunrise @ South Tip
Kanyakumari, TamilNadu, India
August 6, 2018

Find the Zen within

It’s possible to travel thousands of miles to the other side of the world, to take a plane, three trains, two ferries and a bicycle, in order to stand completely still. – TED Talks

Canon 7D : Canon 10-22 mm : ISO 100 : 10 mm : f22 : 30 sec

  As the Sun set
Clearwater, Florida, USA
March 15, 2018

Be Curious

Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see and wonder about what makes the Universe exist. Be curious. And however difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at. It matters that you don’t just give up. – Stephen Hawking

Canon 7D : Canon 10-22 mm : ISO 2500 : 10 mm : f3.5 : 20 sec

  Caesars Head
Cleveland, South Carolina, USA
March 8, 2018

Life Happens …

Life is what happens, when you are busy making other plans.
Sometimes those wonderfully insignificant moments are all that you need :)

 

Canon 7D : Tamron 18-270 mm : ISO 640 : 270 mm : f5.6 : 1/60 sec

   First Bloom
Alpharetta, Georgia, USA
February 11, 2018

Just in time by Jones Gap

Sometimes I do get to places just when God’s ready to have somebody click the shutter – Ansel Adams

Jones Gap is one of a kind, so wild, yet not very far from Greenville. The main highlight of Jones Gap is the Middle Saluda River – the states first designated scenic river. The hike & terrain is somewhat challenging in a couple of places, but the views are amazing.

The late afternoon sun and the clouds were just right. The fall colors and the diffused light caused the entire place to be flooded with the golden glow. Was there just in time to enjoy this lovely scene :)

 

Canon 7D : Canon 10-22 mm : ISO 100 : 13 mm : f22 : 15.0 sec

   Jones Gap Wilderness
Marietta, South Carolina, USA
February 4, 2018

Soco Falls – Hidden by the road

Soco falls is a beautiful, double waterfall on the edge of the Cherokee Indian Reservation, located near Maggie Valley. Its one among the most lovely waterfalls, by the Blue Ridge parkway – just 1.5 miles south of Soco Gap @ Milepost 455.7. Look for the small roadside parking area on the left of the road. It is easy to miss, since there is just one tiny sign.

This view requires a short hike. It is not a cake walk, but not super hard either. You need to be careful as it is steep and a bit slippery, especially when wet. But the adventure is well worth the view, wouldn’t you agree :)

 

Canon 7D : Tamron 10-270 mm : ISO 160 : 18 mm : f11 : 8.0 sec

   Soco Falls
Maggie Valley, North Carolina, USA
January 26, 2018

Hiking by Paris Mountain

In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks. – John Muir

One of the easiest ways to unload, unwind and de-stress is to get out and connect with nature. Natural environments are rich in the characteristics necessary for the brain to replenish itself :)

 

Canon 7D : Tamron 10-270 mm : ISO 400 : 39 mm : f4.5 : 0.3 sec

   Paris Mountain State Park
Greenville, South Carolina, USA
January 17, 2018

Snowflake Snowflake

Snowflake, snowflake, little snowflake.
Little snowflake falling from the sky.
Snowflake, snowflake, little snowflake.
Falling, falling, falling, falling, falling,
falling, falling, falling, falling…falling on my glove :)

– To be read as if you were a kid !!!

 

After couple of years, got to shoot the little little snowflakes again. It was fun. Snow out here in South Carolina is rare and that made it even more exciting :)

 

Canon 7D : Tamron 10-270 mm : ISO 320 : 270 mm : f5.6 : 1/90 sec

   Snow Flake
Greenville, South Carolina, USA
January 13, 2018

Exploring Florida Keys

No man is an island – John Donne

Flying around Keys was quiet and experience, especially with an entertaining guide. Out here, there are more than 5000 islands. Each island is its own community of ecological biodiversity. Yet, these islands have stood by time and inexorably linked by nature.

 

Canon 7D : Tamron 10-270 mm : ISO 350 : 54 mm : f4.5 : 20 sec

   Key West National Wildlife Refuge
Key West, Florida, USA
January 7, 2018

Cosmos

At times, you find yourself in the middle of nowhere, 
At times, in the middle of nowhere, you find yourself.

 

Cedar Keys, FL is one low key place that still holds secret spots where lights have still not polluted the gorgeous night sky. Being under the stars always brings in the feeling of being wonderfully insignificant and puts one one in a contemplative state. Starting 2018 with reflection and positive thoughts & Wishing you the best for the same too :)

Canon 7D : Canon 10-22 mm : ISO 2500 : 10 mm : f3.5 : 20 sec

   Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuges
Cedar Key, Florida, USA
December 12, 2017

Sunset by Clock Tower

The beauty you see in me, is a reflection of you. – Rumi

Canon 7D : Canon 10-22 mm : ISO 1000 : 10 mm : f3.5 : 1/15 sec

Buy Print    Furman Bell Tower
Greenville, South Carolina, USA
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