In Goa’s Hindu heartland.

The temple of Nagesh, a form of Shiva, has a special cultural and religious significance for Goa‘s Hindus. This is a site of great antiquity, dating to probably circa 7th century AD, and is the only major Goan temple currently in active service that remained unaffected by the trauma of the iconoclasm waged by the early Portuguese.

An inscription in stone from the Vijayanagara era (14th C) is found in the temple. The current build was completed at the end of the 18th C.

The inheritance of serene surroundings, a lovely tank, and a charming design seems to be lost on the current keepers. Besides sanctioning the yearly coat of paint, they display no imagination, no attention to detail, and little evidence of aesthetic sensibility. Still, we must count our blessings that the bright wits haven’t yet dropped an ugly concrete blob within the perimeter.

These images were taken on a monsoon morning last year when, following a rain shower, the colours were thrown into bold relief.

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Nagueshi Temple, Goa

Nagueshi Temple, Goa Nagesh Temple in Nageshi, Goa
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My 2011 post on Nageshi is here.

 
 
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  • Dom Martin - November 2, 2017 - 11:38 pm

    Technique and creativity is a matrimony in the realization of aesthetics. You have proven that again. Bravo!ReplyCancel

  • Mervyn - November 2, 2017 - 8:50 pm

    Superb pictures!ReplyCancel

The solitary Rowan.

A lone Rowan stands refulgent on a carpet of colour in the Mývatn area of north Iceland. It is as if someone played Holi here.

This is the first in a new series devoted to the colours of the very brief Icelandic Fall.

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Autumn colour and Rowan Tree in Iceland

Colours of Fall near Lúdentarborgir, Iceland
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  • Jackson Frishman - October 30, 2017 - 9:18 pm

    Those first few dendritic images are amazing, Rajan, like a neural network writ large. I especially love the first and third!ReplyCancel

Back-breaking toil.

Goan rice is among the best in the world and these are some of the women who keep alive the traditional methods of paddy cultivation. Earlier this July, I spent an evening with them in the village of Divar.

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Paddy farming in Divar, Goa

Women at work – in Divar, Goa
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Paddy farming in Divar, Goa - Shobha Vaingankar

Shobha Vaingankar
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Paddy farming in Divar, Goa - Sula Navelkar

Sula Navelkar
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  • Bob_B - October 26, 2017 - 5:01 am

    Great job Rajan. These women certainly have beautiful, genuine smiles. My favorites are the first and the second to last photos.ReplyCancel

  • Carlos Peres da Costa - October 25, 2017 - 6:37 pm

    Hi Rajan
    May I compliment your wonderfull photos of women workers in the rice fields of Divar !

    Am from Mapusa but settled in Recife, northeast BrazilReplyCancel

  • Ajit Desai - October 25, 2017 - 10:12 am

    Very nice Rajan… captures the spirit of agri-Goa.
    cheers
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Green volcanic cone.

Mælifell is the crown jewel of Mælifellssandur, the black volcanic desert adjoining the northern fringe of the Mýrdalsjökull glacier. Given the right conditions, this landscape in the southcentral Highlands of Iceland looks and feels unearthly.

The following photo essay features compositions framed on the ground, from a Cessna aircraft, and by a drone. A short video clip is also attached.

Mælifell is pronounced My-li-fetl.

Mælifell mountain, Iceland

Mælifell
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Mælifell and Mýrdalsjökull, Iceland

Mælifell and Mýrdalsjökull glacier
5D Mark III, 24-105L

 
Mælifell, Iceland

The green cone
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Mælifell, Iceland

Mælifell and Veðurháls – I
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Mælifell and Veðurháls, Iceland

Mælifell and Veðurháls – II
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Mælifell, Iceland

Mælifell seen from Langiháls, Syðra Fjallabak
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Mælifellssandur, Mælifell, Iceland

Mælifellssandur
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Mælifell in fog, Iceland

Mælifell shrouded in fog
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  • Bob_B - October 22, 2017 - 6:10 am

    I am constantly amazed by Iceland and doubly impressed with your photography and videography. I only wished that your video was much, much longer. Nicely done!ReplyCancel

    • Rajan Parrikar - October 22, 2017 - 9:03 am

      Thank you, Bob. In Iceland, the window to get footage in conditions best suited for photography/videography tends to be small. Unless it is a relatively rare bright, sunny and still day when it is not as interesting (for making photographs, I mean). The elements – wind, gusts, rain, fog – are always round the corner. By the time I got the drone up the wind had picked up and then it started to gust. So I had to quickly wrap up my session. A day earlier we could barely see Mælifell since the entire desert was enveloped in fog.ReplyCancel