Morning in Goa – Siolim

Early mornings in Goa are were like nowhere else in the world. Not long ago, Goans arose to a serene landscape serenaded by birdsong. We took the quietude and beauty of our surroundings as our birthright. But good things don’t last long (especially in today’s India). The assault on Goa‘s environment by builders & miners in cahoots with local politicos, and the unsustainable influx of outsiders into Goa have lead to a calamitous depreciation in what was perhaps the last surviving idyll in the land. In this series, I shall attempt to convey the visual essence of the Goan morning as we have known it, now on its last legs.

The present post features images made earlier this month from the bridge on River Chapora in Siolim. This is a magical locale, one that I have staked out numerous times. As the position of the sun changes through the year, so do the crepuscular atmospherics leading into sunrise. February mornings bring low hanging mist to the terrain. For a different take from another time of the year, see this.

Since the height of my tripod barely exceeded the height of the fence ringing the bridge, I had to perforce shoot handheld. As luck would have it, on this particular morning a fishing vessel appositely moored provided foreground interest to the composition. Upon the sun’s arrival, the first rays illuminating the coconut trees behind me in the village of Chopdem was another sight to savour.

Sunrise over Chapora river in Siolim

Sunrise over River Chapora in Siolim
5D Mark II, Zeiss 50mm f/2 Makro Planar + Singh-Ray Reverse GND Filter

Coconut fronds lit by early sun

Coconut fronds lit by the first rays of the sun
5D Mark II, Zeiss 50mm f/2 Makro Planar

  • Sophia - June 11, 2012 - 4:39 pm

    Amazing Pictures Rajan. Once again the pictures have got me nostalgic. I can actually feel nature and its beauty. However Siolim not the same like it was before. Crowed with buildings and people.ReplyCancel

  • Kamal Aakarsh - March 7, 2011 - 4:13 am

    That 2nd photograph… classic shot!ReplyCancel

  • Goa India - February 28, 2011 - 2:30 am

    Very beautiful…..
    Your photography describes beauty of Goa.
    Keep it up.ReplyCancel

  • Savio Madeira - February 24, 2011 - 7:32 am

    Dear Rajan,

    Beautiful photography!! I’m a Siolkar based in Dubai and we usually take our vacations during the monsoons because of the childrens’ school holidays. But seeing your pictures today has already made me homesick and I feel like taking a vacation right away.

    Rajan, thank you for the lovely pictures of our beloved Siolim.

    God bless,

    Savio Madeira.ReplyCancel

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  • joydeep - February 24, 2011 - 6:17 am

    … what a wonderful world…!!!ReplyCancel

  • Börkur Hrólfsson - February 24, 2011 - 2:28 am

    Your place is beautiful my friend.

  • Oldtimer - February 23, 2011 - 11:19 pm

    Spectacular. Do they look as good with naked eye, esp #2?ReplyCancel

  • Suresh - February 23, 2011 - 11:09 pm

    Lovely pictures Rajan, as usual. I have never been to Goa but I have see such sites in places like Karwar and Kundapura. And also in Kerala.

    It is a pity that nothing gets protected in India. Neither heritage nor nature. The current greed is enormous.ReplyCancel

  • Ashley D'Silva - February 23, 2011 - 11:02 pm

    Hello Rajan,

    Somehow your photographs evoke a deep nostalgia within us, transporting us some 31 years back into time. These scenes are so fresh in my mind that I could just slip into a different time capsule.

    May God give you the wisdom and may he bless you with deep insight to produce many such photos that will treasured by the Goan Community. May he keep your family and your parents in good health.

    God Bless

  • B - February 23, 2011 - 10:43 pm

    Fantastic hues!!!ReplyCancel

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