Ferocactus wislizeni, seen today at the home of a friend in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Faces of Goa.
I saw her walking towards the terraced fields of Khola in Canacona, Goa, where I was setting up my drone. The sickle-wielding Surang Velip was in her own territory yet she seemed nervous. Women in these remote parts aren’t accustomed to cameras pointed at them, and much as I tried to put her at ease, her flinty expression did not waver. Within minutes she had disappeared into the jungle.
The Faces of Goa collection is consolidated at this link.
Abode of Vishnu.
The historic temple of Anant in the village of Savoi-Verem, Goa, is ensconced in a luscious bed of green. A schist plaque of the reclining Vishnu – Anantshayana – dating back to the 11th Century during the Kadamba period is the central object of worship in the garbhagriha. The temple is surrounded by groves – known in Konkani as kuLagars – of areca-nut and coconut trees, once an essential feature of Goan villages.
Check out the video at the end of this photo essay.
Apropos of the photo below – on this particular visit in 2007, I arrived during ‘gandha-puja,’ hence the colourful anointments.
The video is also available on YouTube.