Goa’s creator.

Today is Akshaya Tritiya, the birthday of Parashurama, the sixth avatar of Lord Vishnu.

The Hindu puranas credit Parashurama as the creator of Goa and the adjoining coastal areas. Goa is often referred to as Parashuramabhoomi, the Land of Parashurama.

There is only one temple in Goa devoted to Parashurama located in the beautiful village of Painguinim. It is surmised that the shrine had its origins around the 13th C during the days of the Nath Panthis. Although the idol is of recent vintage, a much older aniconic panel is found on the temple premises.

At Parashurama temple, Thiruvallam, Kerala

Parashurama in Thiruvallam, Kerala
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Parashurama Temple in Painguinim, Goa

Parashurama Temple in Painguinim, Goa
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Parashurama  in Painguinim, Goa

Parashurama in Painguinim, Goa
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The crater’s many moods.

Hverfjall is a massive tephra ring crater formed during a volcanic eruption around 2800 years ago. It is part of the Krafla Volcanic System near Mývatn in north Iceland. The crater is 1.3 Kms in diameter and 140 metres deep.

As these images suggest, the Icelandic landscape is given to rapid and dramatic transformation wrought by capricious weather and lighting conditions. Often it is only a matter of minutes for a complete makeover.

A word on pronunciation: Hver = kver, put a ‘k’ before ‘where’, and fjall = fyaatl. Approximately, kver-fyaatl.

Also, none of the photographs below is a black & white conversion.

Hverfjall, late evening light, Mývatn, Iceland

Late evening light
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Hverfjall crater, Mývatn, Iceland

Earlier in the afternoon
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Hverfjall crater, Mývatn, Iceland

Snowy – an 11 mm view
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Hverfjall crater, late evening light, Mývatn, Iceland

Sweet light – view over the frozen Lake Mývatn
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Hverfjall crater, Mývatn, Iceland

Hverfjall crater, Mývatn
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  • jc - April 20, 2015 - 7:20 am

    Wow Rajanbab……Wow!

    Once again….Thank You for sharing.

    best

    jcReplyCancel

  • Premanand - April 20, 2015 - 6:45 am

    Beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • gautam - April 20, 2015 - 3:29 am

    Amazing pictures . Admire your ability to photograph Nature at its best !ReplyCancel

Enchanting.

Run-off water from the Bjarnarflag Geothermal Power Station in north Iceland accumulates in a pool of iridescent blue. The right conditions can lend an otherworldly look to the scene, such as when a snowstorm obscures the surrounds of the pool (first image below).

Kristinn Ingi Pétursson at Bjarnarflag geothermal power plant, Mývatn, Iceland

Kristinn Ingi Pétursson stares into the blue
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Pool at Bjarnarflag power plant in Mývatn, Iceland

Shorelines
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Eerie.

Strange Forms in Trékyllisvík, Iceland

Alienscape
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Strange landscape in Trékyllisvík, Iceland

Strange
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The tailings of a quarry present an extraterrestrial sight following a dusting of snow and frost near Trékyllisvík on the Strandir coast of Iceland. In the second image a lone decrepit house on the abandoned farm Reykjanes is seen in the shadow of the mountain Reykjaneshyrna.

 
 
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Good Friday today.

The old church at Árnes in Trékyllisvík on the Strandir coast of Iceland is seen in a snow storm last week.

Árnes church in Trékyllisvík in a snow storm

Árneskirkja (1850) in Trékyllisvík in a snow storm
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Árnes church in Trékyllisvík, Iceland

Trékyllisvík, Strandir coast of Iceland
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A beautiful music session erupted spontaneously when we found ourselves in the new church hall across the street. This Icelandic song – Rósin (The Rose) – was written by Guðmundur Halldórsson and set to music by Friðrik Jónsson.


Vocals: Linda Guðmundsdóttir
Organ: Kristinn Ingi Pétursson

 
 
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  • jc - April 3, 2015 - 2:35 pm

    Very beautiful, dear Rajanbab. Interesting that you are able to transition seamlessly between the Super-Heat of Death Valley to the Frigid temps of Iceland.ReplyCancel