Elysian Goa.

Morning in the paddies of Cortalim.

Mist in rice field, Cortalim, Goa

Morning mist
5D Mark II, Zeiss ZE 50 f/2 MP

Mist in rice field, Cortalim, Goa

5D Mark II, TS-E 24L II

  • Premanand - June 27, 2016 - 10:46 pm

    Memories from my childhood came rushing to me when I saw the “Verdant” photograph.ReplyCancel

    • Rajan Parrikar - June 28, 2016 - 1:52 am

      Very soon, memories are all you’ll have left after these fields are all paved over with concrete (aka “development”).ReplyCancel

  • Roger - June 27, 2016 - 12:09 pm

    Thank you for capturing these beautiful images of Goa for our future generations Rajan Bab! The rice paddy fields with the coconut trees have from time immemorial been a part of Goa’s image lovingly cultivated and preserved by our forefathers.

    Our Government in Goa now wants to get rid of both – saying the coconut palm is not a tree and the rice paddy fields are weeds!!!ReplyCancel

    • Rajan Parrikar - June 28, 2016 - 1:50 am

      India is a lawless, corrupt land. Too bad Goa came to be tied to it with no protections whatsoever.ReplyCancel

  • Bob_B - June 25, 2016 - 11:05 pm

    I very much enjoy “Verdant”. Its rich greens complement the background mist beautifully. Excellent work Rajan!

    Best wishes,

  • B.C - June 25, 2016 - 3:25 pm

    Pray God is looking from above to save our Coconut trees and paddy fields from concrete monstrosities.


  • jc - June 25, 2016 - 8:04 am

    Dear Rajanbab

    Once again, Thank you for a lovely pic. It is really nostalgic !


Looking down on the Queen.

Herðubreið (“broad shouldered”), Queen of the Icelandic Mountains, is set in the expanse of the Ódáðahraun (“Lava of Evil Deeds”) lava field in the northern Highlands. The table mountain took shape in a subglacial eruption around 20,000 years ago. The desolate Ódáðahraun terrain truly feels like an alien world. It is to this area that NASA dispatched Neil Armstrong and his colleagues in 1967 to train for their lunar missions (video clip).

A full appreciation of this volcanic wasteland wonderland can only be had from the air. Earlier this month, during a private Cessna flight over Ódáðahraun, I was lucky to frame the geologically salient composition of the first image below. In the foreground we see the bulge of the shield volcano Kollóttadyngja, 1177 metres high and 7 kilometres in diameter, Herðubreið (1682 metres) in the backdrop, and Herðubreiðartögl (“tail of Herðubreið”) to the right. We can only imagine what it must be to fly over Olympus Mons.

Herðubreið and Kollóttadyngja, Iceland

Kollóttadyngja, Herðubreið, Herðubreiðartögl
5DS, 24-70L f/2.8 II


Herðubreiðartögl is a móberg ridge (this term is used in Icelandic geology to describe fissures that erupted beneath Ice Age glaciers) covered in rhyolite pumice (vide Iceland by Thor Thordarson and Armann Hoskuldsson, Classic Geology in Europe Series, Terra Publishing, 2009).

Herðubreið and Herðubreiðartögl, Iceland

Herðubreiðartögl, up close
5DS, 24-70L f/2.8 II

Herðubreið and Herðubreiðartögl, Iceland

Herðubreiðartögl and Herðubreið
5DS, 24-70L f/2.8 II


More posts in this series to follow. Earlier posts on Herðubreið are here.

  • Premanand - June 23, 2016 - 10:45 pm

    Superb! It is very difficult to chose which one I like the most out of the three…I know the answer…All of the above! 🙂ReplyCancel

Summer Solstice 2016.

Two images from opposite ends of Iceland.

Midnight sun - Borgarfjörður Eystri, Iceland

Setting midnight sun – Borgarfjörður Eystri
5DS, 100-400L IS II

Puffin at Látrabjarg, Iceland

Light of the midnight sun: Puffin at Látrabjarg
5D Mark II, 70-200L f/2.8 IS II

  • Premanand - June 22, 2016 - 1:18 am

    I reckon the post “Touchdown” was the pull back of photograph no. 1 in this post. Shows us how to visualize and focus on the final image and cull out the essentials from the overall scene. Thanks!ReplyCancel

    • Rajan Parrikar - June 22, 2016 - 2:02 am

      Yes, the photo in the “Touchdown” post was a quick snapshot of the same wider scene.ReplyCancel

  • Jon - June 21, 2016 - 6:02 am


Rain and wind.

The monsoon season is well underway in Goa.

Monsoon in Tiracol, Goa

Squall in Tiracol (2007)
5D, 24-105L

  • Mervyn - June 21, 2016 - 1:56 am

    Every time I have viewed this spot, the sea is blue/green and the grass is brown/yellow. This picture saves me the cost of making a trip to Goa in the monsoons – when colours inverse.ReplyCancel

  • jc - June 20, 2016 - 6:05 am

    My dear Rajanbab…..I was wondering whether or not you had Photoshopped this pic….and cleaned up any new Casino boats and Concrete dumps. But then… I realised that the pic is 9 years old.


    Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

    • Rajan Parrikar - June 20, 2016 - 10:35 am

      Dear Dr. JC-bab,

      Amchem Goem is now beyond repair.ReplyCancel

      • Gordon Des - July 19, 2016 - 6:58 am

        According to me, it is not beyond repair – just undergone some wear and tear!! Goa still holds fort as the best place in India on MANY counts. IRRESPECTIVE of the doings of politicians and land mafia, Goa STILL has that ‘susegado’ attitude in the air.ReplyCancel

Tender moments.

Seen on the Keldunes farm in the Kelduhverfi region of north Iceland during an ancient Icelandic tradition (smölun and réttir) – the annual sheep roundup and sorting.

On Keldunes farm in Kelduhverfi, Iceland

On Keldunes farm in Kelduhverfi, Iceland
5DS, Zeiss ZE 50 f/2 MP

  • Premanand - June 20, 2016 - 8:44 pm

    As usual, a pertinent post by you on the occasion. 🙂
    Happy Father’s Day!ReplyCancel