Waves in the sky.

Named after the two great men of science who made pioneering contributions to Fluid Dynamics, the Kelvin-Helmholtz instability is observed in a wide range of phenomena both on Earth and beyond. For instance, the Red Spot of Jupiter, the Sun’s corona and the bands of Saturn.

These Kelvin-Helmholtz clouds were seen on Christmas eve last year in the Mojave Desert outside the town of Ridgecrest, California.

Kelvin-Helmholtz cloud formations in desert over Ridgecrest, California

Kelvin-Helmholtz clouds
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Kelvin-Helmholtz clouds over Ridgecrest, California

Wider snapshot
iPhone 6

  • Nandkumar Kamat - July 29, 2015 - 8:38 am

    Amazing and scientifically stimulating imagesReplyCancel

Soothing Goa.

Chapel in Saligao, Goa, first light

First light, Saligao
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Shrine in Batim, Goa, last light

Day’s end, Batim
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  • Premanand - July 14, 2015 - 3:19 pm

    “Amche Bhangraa Goem”. Albeit, these days you can read Bhangraa as “Bhangaar”. :-(ReplyCancel

  • Ravindra - July 13, 2015 - 4:32 pm

    Sir, The beautiful pictures you had captured through your lens,they also give us a fair idea of what we should target whenever we visit Goa .The kind of insight none of the travelling sites can provide. Thanks for this.ReplyCancel

  • Inocencio A Lobo - July 13, 2015 - 4:18 am

    Beautiful. Thank you.ReplyCancel

Holes in the sky.

Sólstafir (pronounced sole-staa-vir) is the Icelandic word for crepuscular rays.

Sólstafir in Arnarfjörður, Iceland

Sólstafir in Arnarfjörður
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Sólstafir in Hérað near Egilsstaðir, Iceland

Sólstafir in Hérað
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The bluish cast seen in the second image is on account of the SO2 gas released by the Holuhraun eruption.

  • Thomas Pindelski - July 14, 2015 - 7:51 pm

    The first is one of the great masterpieces of landscape photography, minimalism at its best.

    Congratulations – one can only guess at the years of effort and travel in remote and dangerous locations which make this sort of image possible, as your sad note above attests.ReplyCancel

  • Jackson Frishman - July 12, 2015 - 1:24 am

    That first shot is truly art, Rajan, beautiful, melancholic, hopeful, mysterious – I could look at that for a long time!ReplyCancel

    • Rajan Parrikar - July 12, 2015 - 1:15 pm

      Thank you, Jackson. There is a sad coda to this image: Magnús Björnsson, who drove me on the Svalvogar loop where this scene presented itself, drowned last week when his fishing boat capsized in the waters off the remote region of Hornstrandir in the Westfjords. His 3 companions survived.ReplyCancel

Feast for the eyes.

The quality of light cast by the low sun in Iceland is very special. These images were taken during sunset near the iconic mountain Dyrfjöll in the northeast.

Beinageitarfjall, near Dyrfjöll, Iceland

Beinageitarfjall, East Iceland
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Beinageitarfjall, near Dyrfjöll, Iceland

Final kiss
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Longest day in the Northern Hemisphere.

The midnight sun, seen in Svalbarðseyri, north Iceland.

Midnight setting sun seen from Svalbarðseyri, Iceland

Midnight in Svalbarðseyri, Iceland
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