Celestial dramas.

The total solar eclipse of August 21, 2017, will be visible in the USA with the footprint of totality ranging across several states. A room at a basic motel in Casper, Wyoming, has just become available for $2500 (parking is free). Make Eclipses Great Again!

My one, and thus far only, experience of a total solar eclipse was on February 16, 1980, when the path of totality cut through Goa. I was a teenager then and we were gathered in Panjim in a paddy field in front of our home. Nobody had any cameras and hence there are no pictures of the event. Besides the eclipse itself, I carry one lasting memory of that day. It was early in the afternoon and with totality approaching, the light diminished considerably confusing the cows grazing in the field. We watched in surprise as they began their walk back home.

The photos below were taken on March 20, 2015, during a solar eclipse visible in Iceland. The path of totality fell just off the east coast and at my location in Mývatn, the coverage fell short of totality at 98%. I wasn’t planning on photographing this eclipse, but lemons were dealt and lemonade was made. As the light dimmed, the lava field and the surrounding mountains made for an eerie sight.

Solar eclipse seen in Reykjahlíð, Mývatn, Iceland

Solar eclipse seen in Reykjahlíð
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Hverfjall during solar eclipse, Mývatn, Iceland

Hverfjall tephra crater during solar eclipse
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Hlíðarfjall during solar eclipse, Mývatn, Iceland

Hlíðarfjall during solar eclipse
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Faces of Goa.

I chanced upon these two delightful fellas one evening while meandering through rural Goa, in the village of Talarna.

Earlier posts in the Faces of Goa series are here.

Arjun Nivudkar of Talarna, Goa

The Shepherd – Arjuna of Talarna
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Rama Naik of Talarna, Goa

Toil – Rama of Talarna
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Arjuna Nivudkar of Talarna, Goa

Arjuna Nivudkar
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Rama Naik of Talarna, Pernem, Goa

Rama Naik
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Arjuna Nivudkar and Rama Naik of Talarna, Goa

Gaon-bhau (village brothers): Arjuna and Rama
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  • John Da Silva Collaco - August 17, 2017 - 11:17 pm

    Beautiful and thought provoking photos frozen in time.ReplyCancel

  • Olinda - August 17, 2017 - 8:46 pm

    Beautiful photos. I assume they are very recent shots as recent as August 2017. I personally find the photo on haystacks intriguing. I am looking for a talented photographer as yourself to capture the mood as Jean Francois Millet captured in his artwork the “Haystacks” best wishes Rajan.ReplyCancel

    • Rajan Parrikar - August 17, 2017 - 10:13 pm

      Thanks, Olinda-bai. The photos were taken in January this year (2017).ReplyCancel

  • Mervyn - August 17, 2017 - 7:43 pm

    The last picture captures Goa.ReplyCancel

Magnificent isolation.

Lashed year round by wind and rain, the remote fjord Ófeigsfjörður on the Strandir coast of Iceland is as enchanting as it is difficult. Not surprisingly, today the lone farm there is occupied only during Summer and part of Fall.

In the decades past, Ófeigsfjörður was renowned for shark fishing, and for his skill in this métier, the late farmer had earned the sobriquet Hárkarla Pétur (Shark Peter). That title has now been handed down to his grandson, Pétur Guðmundsson, the heir to the farm.

We were welcomed by Pétur and his wife into their home for coffee. Pétur then hopped into his tractor to clear the rocks lining the route behind his farm. He also provided us guidance to what lay ahead. Their dog Æsa followed us all the way.

Our encounters included clear streams, waterfalls, Harlequin Ducks, driftwood washed up from Siberia, and that increasingly precious commodity – quietude. The overcast conditions were a perfect foil to this wistful landscape.

Check out the video short at the end of the post.

Húsárfoss (Blæja), behind the Ófeigsfjörður farm in Ófeigsfjörður, Iceland

Waterfall in your backyard: Húsárfoss in Ófeigsfjörður
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Húsárfoss (Blæja), behind the Ófeigsfjörður farm in Ófeigsfjörður, Iceland

Ófeigsfjörður
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Pétur Guðmundsson of Ófeigsfjörður farm in Ófeigsfjörður, Iceland

“Hákarla Pétur”
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Pétur Guðmundsson of Ófeigsfjörður farm in Ófeigsfjörður ("Hákarl Pétur"), Iceland

Pétur Guðmundsson of Ófeigsfjörður
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Hvalárfoss in Ófeigsfjörður, Iceland

Hvalárfoss
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Red Shank in Ófeigsfjörður, Iceland

Stelkur (Redshank)
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Börkur and Æsa, Ófeigsfjörður, Iceland

Börkur and Æsa
iPhone 6s

 
Rajan Parrikar in Ófeigsfjörður, Iceland

Your friendly photographer (Photo by: Börkur Hrólfsson)
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  • Nachiketa Yakkundi - August 22, 2017 - 12:04 pm

    That waterfall is surreal. “Backyard waterfall” – looks like in Iceland you can’t even make up such images – so beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • Jackson Frishman - August 16, 2017 - 9:22 pm

    What an amazing place! Fine images, especially the first one and Hvalárfoss.ReplyCancel

  • Premanand - August 15, 2017 - 12:44 pm

    Soothing, very soothing! Especially the waterfall, gave me goosebumps.ReplyCancel

Sad!

Seen on my constitutional this morning in Shoreline Park, a stone’s throw from the daycare centre for SJWs Google Headquarters in Mountain View, California.

Google Bike

Google Bike

Down and out
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Parra the Beautiful.

With the onset of the monsoons, conditions were just right for this setting last month in Parra, my ancestral village in Goa. My father was born here and our last name derives from it. (It is also the home of the disastrous clown who recently served as India’s Defense Minister.)

Note that these are very old structures and sometimes the horizontal and vertical lines don’t come together at a perfect 90º. This makes leveling the photo somewhat tricky.

St. Anne Church in Parra, Goa

St. Anne Church (1649)
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St. Anne Church in Parra, Goa

Parra the Beautiful
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  • Roland Francis - August 8, 2017 - 7:27 pm

    Beautiful snapshots as always.
    See the lush green.
    You will see it no moreReplyCancel