In the coast redwoods of California.

A quick swing through the gem that is California‘s oldest state park, the Big Basin Redwoods State Park.

Stars & Stripes - Big Basin Redwoods State Park

Stars & Stripes
iPhone 6

 
At Big Basin Redwoods State Park, California

In the shadow of giants – my nephew Yash and niece Priyanka
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Feast for the soul.

Ketildalir (“Kettle Valleys”) are a series of valleys along Arnarfjörður in the Westfjords of Iceland. Resembling the snouts of mythical prehistoric creatures in repose, the mountains lining the fjord present an arresting spectacle.

My friend Kristinn Ingi Pétursson (seen in the images below) and I set out on a wintry afternoon along the only route in. Check out the short video of the highlights.

Feigsdalur, Westfjords of Iceland

Feigsdalur
5D Mark III, 70-200L f/2.8 IS II

 
Contemplation - in Hvestudalur5D Mark III, Zeiss ZE 50 f/2 MP

Contemplation – in Hvestudalur
5D Mark III, Zeiss ZE 50 f/2 MP

 
Kristinn Ingi Pétursson in Ketildalir

Ketildalir in his sights
5D Mark III, Zeiss ZE 50 f/2 MP

 
Kristinn Ingi Pétursson in Hringsdalur

Sublime Hringsdalur
5D Mark III, 24-105L

 
Crossing clearing of snow avalance in Auðihrísdalur

Avalanche snow in Auðihrísdalur
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  • Premanand - April 28, 2015 - 4:36 pm

    I liked the video (accompanying music is very pleasant and soothing). Did you do the “Video with telemetry” experiment with Mr. Pindelski first before this shoot? The reason for asking this is that the mount on the car’s bonnet looks very similar to the one in his post. :-)ReplyCancel

    • Rajan Parrikar - April 29, 2015 - 9:41 am

      Premanand,

      No, the telemetry experiment was more recent, with the same mount and camera.ReplyCancel

Goa’s creator.

Today is Akshaya Tritiya, the birthday of Parashurama, the sixth avatar of Lord Vishnu.

The Hindu puranas credit Parashurama as the creator of Goa and the adjoining coastal areas. Goa is often referred to as Parashuramabhoomi, the Land of Parashurama.

There is only one temple in Goa devoted to Parashurama located in the beautiful village of Painguinim. It is surmised that the shrine had its origins around the 13th C during the days of the Nath Panthis. Although the idol is of recent vintage, a much older aniconic panel is found on the temple premises.

At Parashurama temple, Thiruvallam, Kerala

Parashurama in Thiruvallam, Kerala
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Parashurama Temple in Painguinim, Goa

Parashurama Temple in Painguinim, Goa
5D Mark III, 70-200L f/2.8 IS II

 
Parashurama  in Painguinim, Goa

Parashurama in Painguinim, Goa
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The crater’s many moods.

Hverfjall is a massive tephra ring crater formed during a volcanic eruption around 2800 years ago. It is part of the Krafla Volcanic System near Mývatn in north Iceland. The crater is 1.3 Kms in diameter and 140 metres deep.

As these images suggest, the Icelandic landscape is given to rapid and dramatic transformation wrought by capricious weather and lighting conditions. Often it is only a matter of minutes for a complete makeover.

A word on pronunciation: Hver = kver, put a ‘k’ before ‘where’, and fjall = fyaatl. Approximately, kver-fyaatl.

Also, none of the photographs below is a black & white conversion.

Hverfjall, late evening light, Mývatn, Iceland

Late evening light
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Hverfjall crater, Mývatn, Iceland

Earlier in the afternoon
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Hverfjall crater, Mývatn, Iceland

Snowy – an 11 mm view
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Hverfjall crater, late evening light, Mývatn, Iceland

Sweet light – view over the frozen Lake Mývatn
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Hverfjall crater, Mývatn, Iceland

Hverfjall crater, Mývatn
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  • jc - April 20, 2015 - 7:20 am

    Wow Rajanbab……Wow!

    Once again….Thank You for sharing.

    best

    jcReplyCancel

  • Premanand - April 20, 2015 - 6:45 am

    Beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • gautam - April 20, 2015 - 3:29 am

    Amazing pictures . Admire your ability to photograph Nature at its best !ReplyCancel