Dive-bombed by Arctic terns.

The Oystercatchers in the first two images below were perturbed by my intrusion into their nesting space and registered their displeasure with harried calls. Soon thereafter the nearby colony of Arctic terns sensed my presence, and the reaction was fierce. They set upon me with an intent to draw blood (see the video). Alfred Hitchcock’s classic, The Birds, came to mind on this magnificently eerie afternoon on the beach in Trékyllisvík, a remote bay on Iceland‘s Strandir coast.

The Arctic terns (Kría in Icelandic) fly enormous distances – enormous as in over 22,000 miles one way – to nest in Iceland.

Oyster Catcher in Trékyllisvík, Iceland

Oystercatcher in Trékyllisvík5DS, 100-400L IS II

5DS, 100-400L IS II


The video is shot in 4K and is best seen in full-screen mode.


For believers only.

If you don’t have a believer pass, you may not read beyond this line. 🙂

The little shits who run this ancient temple (the Naik clan from Madgaon) have gotten it exactly backwards: the believers have little use for this temple, for Narasimha (Vishnu) is everywhere, as the hapless Hiranyakashipu found out. It is only the non-believers who may conceivably draw some benefit from entry.

These images are from 2007.

Narasimha temple, Veling, Goa

Thou shalt not enter
5D, 24-105L

Narasimha temple, Veling, Goa

Lakshmi Narasimha temple in Veling, Goa
5D, 24-105L

Narasimha temple, Veling, Goa

5D, 24-105L

  • Ameya Narvekar - August 8, 2016 - 3:24 am

    Laxmi Narsimha cha Vijay aso.!!!
    I have never visited this temple . I pray that I may one day visit this beautiful temple.ReplyCancel

  • ranganathan - July 5, 2016 - 2:58 pm

Monsoonal magic.

A blissful morning in Baradi in south Goa.

Monsoon in Baradi, Goa

Monsoon bliss – Baradi, Goa (2007)
5D, 70-200L f/2.8 IS

  • shalini - July 3, 2016 - 1:05 am

    Very nice pics of GoaReplyCancel

  • Mervyn - July 2, 2016 - 2:11 am

    Congrats! This is as serene a scene as it gets.ReplyCancel

    • Rajan Parrikar - July 2, 2016 - 2:21 am

      Mervyn – It was a very, very special morning. I went to the same location several times during the monsoon season in the years following but never again caught the same atmospherics.ReplyCancel

  • Joe - July 1, 2016 - 3:19 pm

    So beautiful…thanksReplyCancel

    • Rajan Parrikar - July 2, 2016 - 2:20 am

      Good to hear from you, Joe.ReplyCancel

      • Joe - July 8, 2016 - 6:17 pm

        The pic is now all over facebook..ReplyCancel

        • Rajan Parrikar - July 9, 2016 - 12:43 am

          Facebook and Instagram have made it very easy for people to steal photos and pass them off as their own.

Life in a remote locale.

Trékyllisvík is a remote bay on the Strandir coast of Iceland that 17 souls call home. To the casual eye it is the definition of an idyll – and in some ways it is. But life here can be harsh and very lonely.

On this foggy afternoon, a significant portion of the population was out at play.

Katla, Arney and Gauti in Trékyllisvík, Iceland

Absorbed in their world
5DS, 100-400L IS II

Gauti in Trékyllisvík, Iceland

Up alone
5DS, 100-400L IS II

Kids playing in Trékyllisvík, Iceland

Kids at play in Trékyllisvík, Iceland
5DS, 24-70L f/2.8 II

Arney offering flowers in Trékyllisvík, Iceland

Offering me flowers
5DS, 24-70L f/2.8 II

Gauti, Viktor, Arney, Katla in Trékyllisvík, Iceland

(L-R): Gauti, Viktor, Arney, Katla
5DS, 24-70L f/2.8 II