Columnar basalt.

A spectacular wall of basalt columns in the southern Highlands of Iceland. Vehicular access to this area is granted only once a year during the annual sheep roundup in the Fall.

Columnar basalt in Jökulgil, Iceland

Golden wall
5DS, Zeiss ZE 50 f/2 MP

 
Basalt wall in Jökulgil, Iceland

Wall of basalt in Jökulgil, Iceland
5DS, Zeiss ZE 50 f/2 MP

 
 
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  • Jon - January 8, 2016 - 10:17 pm

    That is one of the strangest basaltic formations I have ever seen. Great detail!ReplyCancel

  • Premanand - January 8, 2016 - 7:21 pm

    Is that water at the bottom of the first photograph? Looks like a small stream.ReplyCancel

2016 is here.

Sunrise in Siridona, Goa

A new morning in Siridona, Goa
5D Mark III, 70-200L f/2.8 IS II

 
 
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  • Arun - January 2, 2016 - 3:16 am

    A Happy New Year and a great year of photography to you! May the Light always favor you!ReplyCancel

  • Mervyn - January 1, 2016 - 10:41 am
  • Jackson Frishman - January 1, 2016 - 7:29 am

    Beautiful photo, Rajan! Happy New Year!ReplyCancel

  • jc - January 1, 2016 - 7:25 am

    Beautful pic, Rajanbab.

    All the very best to you and your family

    Once again, Thank You very much.

    jcReplyCancel

Gleðileg Jól, Feliz Natal, Merry Christmas!

The Cristo Rei monument in Almada overlooking the city of Lisboa, Portugal.

At Cristo Rei in Almada, Lisbon, Portugal

Cristo Rei in Almada, Portugal
5D Mark III, 24-105L

 
At Cristo Rei in Almada, Lisbon, Portugal

Mural in the chapel
5D Mark III, 24-105L

 
 
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  • james - December 30, 2015 - 12:40 am

    Nice RAJAN!ReplyCancel

  • jc - December 23, 2015 - 2:36 pm

    Dear Rajanbab….writing from Fort Lauderdale Int. Waiting for onward connection. Thought I’d use this opportunity to wish you for the Season and Thank You, yet again for the lovely photographs you share. jcReplyCancel

An extraordinary evening with Her Majesty.

No mountain in Iceland inspires as much awe and affection as Herðubreið (“broad shouldered”), set in the desolate expanse of the Ódáðahraun (“Lava of Evil Deeds”) lava field in the northern Highlands. The table mountain (1682 m) took shape in a subglacial eruption around 20,000 years ago. To the natives it is indisputably the “Queen of the Icelandic Mountains.”

Access to the Queen doesn’t come easy, exacting a long plod on a rough track cutting through lava, punctuated by fords across glacial rivers. The purlieus of Herðubreið resemble a sci-fi version of an alien world with a cast of actors given to periodic fulminations. The feared Askja caldera is within sight as is the massive shield volcano Kollóttadyngja.

The sequence captured in the following images almost didn’t happen. An impenetrable band of clouds on the horizon had smothered the setting sun and we were on the verge of calling it a day. But then we noticed a flicker at the base of the mountain. Before long the fire had worked its way up and the drama was on. Our deus ex machina was a slit that had opened up in the clouds, draping the Queen in the sweetest light imaginable. Words cannot adequately describe the frisson experienced in these moments. Capping our luck was the absence of the notorious Icelandic wind.

At the end of the sequence a short video is offered.

Last light on Herðubreið, Iceland
Last light on Herðubreið, Iceland
Last light on Herðubreið, Iceland
Last light on Herðubreið, Iceland

Last light on Herðubreið, Iceland

Herðubreið – last light
5DS, 70-200L f/2.8 IS II

 

 
 
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  • Börkur Hrólfsson - December 22, 2015 - 4:45 pm

    Pretty good, you got it at the right light.
    This is really the queen !ReplyCancel

  • Jon - December 22, 2015 - 10:52 am

    Beautiful photos and video with a good choice of music. The photo where you zoomed in is absolutely stunning.ReplyCancel

  • Bob_B - December 22, 2015 - 7:20 am

    Hi Rajan,

    Your photos are beautiful, as always, but I especially wanted to say that I loved the video. It gave context to the photographs and greatly increased my admiration of their beauty and your skills. Nice addition to your blog.

    Best regards,

    Bob_BReplyCancel

Narkasur 2015 in Goa.

Recycling the introduction from posts in years past –

The Hindu festival of Diwali (Deepavali) has multiple interpretations, all having their basis in the triumph of virtue over vice.

One version tells of the vile Narkasur, embodiment of the forces of darkness (tamas), ignorance (avidya) and baseness (adharma). The puranas recount his comeuppance at the hands of Krishna who deployed the sudarshan-chakra (discus) to behead the fiend. Narkasur‘s vanquishment lead to the restoration of dharma, and the Diwali celebrations represent a renewal of the memory of Krishna‘s triumphal moment.

In Goa is prevalent the quaint practice – perhaps unique in India – of the reenactment of the Narkasur mythos. On the eve of Diwali, effigies of Narkasur are mounted at village squares and towns. After a night of boisterous revelry, they are consigned to flames at dawn.

 

These photos were taken last month on November 09, 2015, the eve of Diwali. A short video below captures some of the scenes.

My earlier posts on this theme are consolidated here.

Narkasur in Ekoshi

5DS, 70-200L f/2.8 IS II

Narkasur in Ekoshi

In Ekoshi
5DS, 24-70L f/2.8 II

 
Narkasur in Nagueshi

In Nagueshi
5DS, 70-200L f/2.8 IS II

 
Narkasur in Campal, Panjim

Krishna battles Narkasur in Campal, Panjim
5DS, 24-70L f/2.8 II

 

 
 
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