A mountain and its moods.

Vindbelgjarfjall (529 m) is a signature sight along the shore of Mývatn in north Iceland.

Last light on Vindbelgjarfjall, Mývatn, Iceland

Last light – seen from Narfastaðafell
5DS, 100-400L IS II

 
Vindbelgjarfjall, Mývatn, Iceland

Snowstorm
5D Mark III, 24-105L

 
Horse at Vindbelgjarfjall, Mývatn, Iceland

Winter’s morning
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  • Jon - February 18, 2016 - 2:11 am

    I agree with Premanand, despite the fact that I’m partial to horses. That is a very effective image.ReplyCancel

  • Premanand - February 18, 2016 - 12:52 am

    Photograph no 3 for me. Photograph no 1 looks like a pudding cake being baked in the oven. 🙂ReplyCancel

The joys of childhood.

December 2007, Vijayadurga temple zatra in Keri, Goa: I was nursing a cup of tea in a pandal when the little imp popped out of nowhere. Instinctively I reached for my camera and took a shot. Seconds later the poori made a cameo. No words were exchanged at the time. I got his name later – Vishwam Gaonkar.

At Vijayadurga temple jatra in Keri, Goa. (Vishwam Gaonkar)

There he is
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At Vijayadurga temple jatra in Keri, Goa. (Vishwam Gaonkar)

Seconds later, the poori
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Nature’s gravers at play.

Cracked mud in the Mojave Desert of California and Nevada.

Late sun on Mud (Chloride Cliff Road off Hwy 95 near Beatty)

Baked
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Mud patterns (near Big Dune) in Amargosa Valley

Polygons, Amargosa Basin
5D Mark III, Zeiss ZE 50 f/2 MP

 
Mud patterns, Amargosa Valley (near Big Dune)

Feynman diagrams?
5D Mark III, TS-E 24L II

 
Detail of mud hills near Tecopa

Mudhills at Tecopa
5D Mark III, Zeiss ZE 50 f/2 MP

 
Detail of mud hills near Tecopa

Cracks, with a side of shavings
5D Mark III, Zeiss ZE 50 f/2 MP

 

A note on crack formation:

…When two growing cracks meet, one or both may stop. If a growing crack encounters a preexisting crack, it stops, but it may curve just a bit before the encounter. The earlier crack released the contraction stress perpendicular to its course but not the stress parallel to it. The advancing crack curves a bit to become more perpendicular to the remaining stress. Mud-crack patterns graphically display this relationship because soft mud responds more sensitively than hard rock to these stress relationships. One mud crack may conspicuously curve to intersect another mud crack at right angles. In mud, where one crack is straight and one is conspicuously curved, the straight crack is older.

From: Geology Underfoot in Death Valley and Owens Valley (p. 276) by Robert P. Sharp and Allen F. Glazner, Mountain Press Publishing Company, 1997.

 
 
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Otherwordly.

As dusk falls, fog over Mývatn embraces the iconic table mountains ringing it. This scene lasted but briefly before it was replaced by whiteout conditions.

Sellandafjall in fog

Sheep, Fog, Sellandafjall
5DS, 100-400L IS II

 
Bláfjall in fog

Bláfjall
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Old town Lisboa.

Janelas (windows) and Azulejos seen on an afternoon stroll through Alfama, the oldest quarter in Lisboa, Portugal.

In Alfama, Lisbon, Portugal

Pensive
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In Alfama, Lisbon, Portugal

Azulejos de Alfama
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In Alfama, Lisbon, Portugal

Janelas e Azulejos
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In Alfama, Lisbon, Portugal

Three of a kind
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  • Bob_B - February 7, 2016 - 5:31 am

    Hi Rajan,

    Yet another wonderful set of photos. My personal favorite is Janelas e Azulejos because of the symmetry and lack of power lines and wires, but Pensive is powerful and provocative, different from the rest. Well done.

    BobReplyCancel

  • Mervyn - February 6, 2016 - 2:34 pm

    I have seen the first design carved into white marble forming a lattice divider for a room. The Taj Mahal has similar marble carvings. I can look at such designs for hours as when you change depth/focus – the picture changes entirely.ReplyCancel

    • Rajan Parrikar - February 7, 2016 - 1:26 pm

      We have quite a few Azulejos in Goa, including the panels in the hallway of Institute Menezes Braganza in Panjim.ReplyCancel