Sunrise in Old Goa

In the middle of November I made several pre-dawn sorties to Old Goa hoping to frame the Church of St. Cajetan against the early morning sky, only to be foiled by dull, cloudy skies wrought by a lingering unseasonal storm system. On the verge of calling off the effort, I settled on one final attempt. And what a morning it turned out to be! The sky behind St. Cajetan lit up in a spectacle seldom seen in these parts.

St. Cajetan Church in Old Goa at sunrise<br>5D Mark II, TS-E 17L

St. Cajetan Church in Old Goa at sunrise
5D Mark II, TS-E 17L


As soon as I had this scene locked in, I rushed up the hill to the Chapel of Mount Mary hoping to catch the monuments bathed in the first light of the rising sun. I was in for yet another pleasant surprise – a sunrise rainbow arcing across from Divar island.

Knowing the ephemeral nature of these conditions, I did not wait to set up my tripod. With the TS-E 17L lens already glued to my camera, I fired off several frames handheld. In the photograph below, both the Sé Cathedral (1533) and the Church of St. Cajetan (1665) are seen in the distance.

Sunrise rainbow from Mount Mary Chapel in Old Goa<br>5D Mark II, TS-E 17L

Sunrise rainbow from Mount Mary Chapel in Old Goa
5D Mark II, TS-E 17L

  • Sanjeev S Katti - February 21, 2014 - 8:09 pm

    Too Good Pictures, ExcellentReplyCancel

  • Steven Pereira - November 27, 2011 - 4:18 am

    Most beautiful..

    Thanks for sharing such a beautiful blog..ReplyCancel

  • Sanjeev - December 18, 2009 - 5:25 am

    M-A-G-N-I-F-I-C-E-N-T !!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Rebello-Hamm Isabella - December 17, 2009 - 12:50 am

    I’m arriving Goa day after-tomorrow. I’m in Goa every year. Shouldn’t we have an ‘All dedicated to Goa’ meet. I like your ferocity! I’m from Salcette.

  • Juliet De Souza - December 16, 2009 - 1:15 pm

    Too beautiful for words to describe. Brought back a lot of memories of Divar. Thank you.

    Juliet from Los AngelesReplyCancel

  • chris - December 15, 2009 - 9:37 pm

    Excellent documentation of Goa’s pristine beauty.Superb photographs.ReplyCancel

  • JoeGoaUk - December 15, 2009 - 8:24 pm

    Both pics are very beautiful


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