Slice of Goa’s heritage.

The historic Igreja de São Francisco de Assis (Church of St. Francis of Assisi) has a lovely setting on the southern bank of River Chapora in Colvale.

The Church of Colvale was founded by Franciscans in 1591 and dedicated to ‘the wounds of St. Francis of Assisi.’ It was rebuilt around 1638 and repaired after the invasion of Bardez in 1683 by Sambhaji. Later on in 1713, the rebuilding of the vaulted church was undertaken.

From: The Parish Churches of Goa by José Lourenço, Amazing Goa Publications, 2005.

Church of St. Francis of Assisi in Colvale, Goa

Church of St. Francis of Assisi in Colvale, Goa
5D Mark III, Zeiss ZE 100 f/2 MP

Church on Chapora river in Colvale

On the Chapora river
5D Mark II, TS-E 17L

  • Mervyn - June 29, 2016 - 1:11 am

    Easily the most beautiful church in the world. 50 years ago, the coconut trees in the back of the church were 25 ft shorter. I used to swing on the palms and land in the Chapora.ReplyCancel

Homage to the Queen.

Aerial views of Herðubreið as we circled around it. The first installment is here.

Herðubreið, Iceland

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

Herðubreið, Iceland

Herðubreið, Herðubreiðartögl, Ódáðahraun lava field
5DS, 24-70L f/2.8 II

Herðubreið, Iceland

Her Majesty The Queen
5DS, 24-70L f/2.8 II

  • Premanand - June 27, 2016 - 10:49 pm

    Both the parts of this presentation have one of your best photographs. I can only imagine the efforts and planning, as well as the expenditure, which must have gone in taking this photographs. Bravo!ReplyCancel

    • Rajan Parrikar - June 28, 2016 - 1:53 am

      Thanks. Yes, on all those fronts (effort, planning, expense). Plus a lot of patience.ReplyCancel

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