Rampart of the Giantess.

The Grjótgarðsháls ridge in the northern Highlands of Iceland holds one of the most startling sights anywhere: a wall of large boulders over 300 m in length and 5 m high set in a sweeping moraine dotted with glacial erratics.

The geological explanation for this wondrous landscape lays it at the door of the Brúarjökull glacier during the last Ice Age. The scientific explanation involves a fight between two female trolls for territorial supremacy.

The extent of Skessugarður – from Skessa (Giantess) and garður (in this context a fortress or rampart) – is best appreciated from the air. Watch the video short below.

Rocks at Skessugarður, Iceland

Field of boulders
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Skessugarður, Iceland

Skessugarður, Iceland

Skessugarður: Rampart of the Giantess
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Skessugarður, Kristinn Ingi Pétursson, Iceland

Scale
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Skessugarður, Lichen, Iceland

Lichen on rocks
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Skessugarður, Kristinn Ingi Pétursson, Iceland

Kristinn Ingi Pétursson
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Goa catches a break.

In an important ruling yesterday, the Justices of the Goa Bench of the Bombay High Court, in a departure from turgid legalese, waxed lyrical on Goa. They wrote:

It is a kind and gentle land, of a kind and gentle people. And it is also a land that, given its small size and small population, has had a wholly disproportionate influence on our art, culture, language, music, literature, architecture, history, design and more (even food, for many of what we consider our staples first came from here). Its greatest asset is one: its environment and its ecology — its rivers and riverbanks, its beaches, its lakes and clear streams, its dense forests, its low hills and fertile fields, its boulders and even trees shrouded with moss and vines and lichen in the rains, its ridiculously brilliant sunsets.
 

This ruling deals a blow to the ridiculous, non-brilliant, IIT-miseducated Chief Minister of Goa and former ridiculous Defence Minister of India, Shri Manohar Parrikar, whose lizard-brained plans to further degrade Goa have been put on hold. For now at least.

The “ridiculously brilliant sunsets” line reminded me of an extraordinary spectacle I was fortunate to witness in Divar in October, 2014. A tropical depression had settled over the Arabian Sea and brought with it atmospheric drama. The progression of the sunset that evening is expressed in the images below. The clouds seen are classified as altocumulus.

Note: No pixels were molested in the making of these images. The Saturation slider in Photoshop was given a well deserved rest.

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Sunset in Divar, Goa

Ridiculously brilliant sunset – Divar, Goa
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  • Rick - October 13, 2017 - 11:54 pm

    I have been lucky to see a few in Goa but this is truly spectacular, well captured!ReplyCancel

  • Shree - October 13, 2017 - 7:39 pm

    Just Ridiculously wonderful ! Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • Nachiketa Yakkundi - October 13, 2017 - 9:30 am

    I fully agree with Sandesh Anvekar, Rajan, your captures here are ridiculously brilliant!ReplyCancel

  • Premanand - October 13, 2017 - 7:23 am

    One of your finest posts!ReplyCancel

  • Sandesh Anvekar - October 12, 2017 - 10:53 pm

    Ridiculously Brilliant Photography Rajan baab!ReplyCancel

  • Joseph Alvares - October 12, 2017 - 6:54 pm

    What a beautiful photography of our Goa and Divar!
    Wow Great workReplyCancel

Carnival of colour.

The intense colours of volcanic rhyolite in Grenisgil (lit. Den Canyon) in southeast Iceland come alive after a spell of heavy rain. Also check out the video short below.

Waterfall in Grenisgil, Iceland

Receptacle
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Waterfall in Grenisgil, Iceland

Cascade
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Rocks near waterfall in Grenisgil, Iceland

Rhyolite colours
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Waterfall in Grenisgil, Iceland

Grenisgil
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Memories of Goan Monsoon 2017.

Vignettes of life during a squall on River Nerul in Goa.

Rainstorm on the Nerul river, Goa

Riding out the rainstorm
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Lone egret in rainstorm on Nerul river, Goa

Bird, looking for food
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Digging for clams in Nerul river, Goa

Man, looking for food
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Fishing boat in Nerul river, Goa

Storm subsides
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Out for a stroll.

An encounter with these beauties the other day on the volcanic Reykjanes peninsula in southwest Iceland.

Huskies in Reykjanes, Iceland

Beauties in a lava field
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Huskies in Reykjanes, Iceland

Siberian Huskies
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  • Bob_B - October 5, 2017 - 5:48 am

    True beauties for sure, Rajan. What’s the back story behind leading so many huskies?ReplyCancel