An evening to remember.

The iconic table mountain Sellandafjall in north Iceland is a personal favourite of mine. My friend Kristinn Ingi Péturson and I spent a blissful autumn evening two years ago on the banks of Sandvatn, captivated by the play of light on the mountain.

Sellandafjall, honey-dipped
5DS, 100-400L IS II

Last light on Sellandafjall seen from Sandvatn, Iceland

The giant whale basks in golden hues
5DS, 100-400L IS II

Rainbow at Sandvatn near Mývatn, Iceland

Rainbow over Sandvatn
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Last light on Sellandafjall seen from Sandvatn, Iceland

Day’s end
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Our location made possible the following unusual composition of two great icons together in one frame: Herðubreið, Queen of the Icelandic mountains, at least 50 Kms away, and the graceful arc of Sellandafjall.

Herðubreið and part of Sellandafjall seen from Sandvatn, Iceland

Herðubreið and Sellandafjall
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Earlier in the evening, we enjoyed a fluid tableau of beautiful reflections.

Sellandafjall, early evening, Iceland

Sellandafjall, early evening
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A spectacular drive.

A section of the precarious route to Borgarfjörður Eystri in the Eastfjords of Iceland passes along a scree often prone to rockslides. The drone makes this type of compositions possible.

Borgarfjarðarvegur to Borgarfjörður Eystri, Iceland

DJI Phantom 4 Pro

Borgarfjarðarvegur to Borgarfjörður Eystri, Iceland

Along the scree’s edge: Njarðvíkurskriður
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Precious heritage.

Ganesh Chathurthi 2017 falls on Friday, Aug 25. Festival greetings to all!

A 30 mins trek through a forest in the remote village of Caranzol-Sattari in Goa leads to the remarkable sight of a grove sheltering an ancient sculpture of Ganesha along with a Shivalinga and Nandi cheek by jowl. These are most likely from the Chalukyan era of over 1000 years ago.

I would like to thank the Goan environmentalist, researcher, author, and Sattari expert, Rajendra Kerkar, for bringing these treasures to my attention. We were guided to the spot by Sachin Gawde, a local, and the village dog (whose name I forgot to record).

Ancient Ganesha idol in "Lingachi Moli', Caranzol, Goa

Ancient Ganesha in Caranzol, Goa
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Ancient Ganesh idol in "Lingachi Moli', Caranzol, Goa

Linga, Ganesha, Nandi
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Ancient Ganesh idol in "Lingachi Moli', Caranzol, Goa

Lingachi Moli – Grove of the Shivalinga
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Sachin Gawde at Lingachi Moli, Caranzol, Goa

Our guides: Caranzol local Sachin Gawde and the village dog
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  • Mervyn - August 24, 2017 - 1:23 pm

    Pretty impressive carvings – considering their age. I understand that the religious will be unable to remove the carvings from this spot. The question I have is, what prevents others from taking these statues away?ReplyCancel

    • Rajan Parrikar - August 24, 2017 - 5:11 pm

      Yes, they are vulnerable to theft. Their location is relatively remote and few know of their existence.ReplyCancel

  • Premanand - August 24, 2017 - 5:18 am

    Gaṇapati Bappa Morya!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Nandkumar Mukund Kamat - August 24, 2017 - 1:19 am

    महागणपती हे आमचे कुलदैवत. चांदोरच्या भोज राजवटीन गणेशमूर्ती गोयांत पावल्यो. तांत्रिक संप्रदायनी गणेशपूजा लोकप्रिय केली. सत्तरीतलो कुंटोळ. करंझोळ ही गांवा एके काळार थइंच्या व्यापारी मार्गाक लागून खूप घणघणताली. मागिर अरीष्टा येवन ती निर्मनुष्य झाली. हांगा रानात शेकड्यांनी शिल्पा आसात. काय शिल्पा बाटाबाटीच्या काळांत लोकांनी ह्या रानात हाडून दवारील्ल्यो आसू येता.डोतोर राजनान काडील्या फोटोवेल्यान ही शिल्पा बदामी चालुक्यकालीन म्हळयार इसवी सन 527 ते 700 मेरेनच्यो दिसता. तांचेर उत्तर भारतीय गुप्त मूर्तीशिल्पाचो प्रभाव आसा. In short the Ganesh sculpture in this image is dated to Vedic cult and Saivaite pantheon promoter Chalukyas of Badami who ruled this area from AD 5-700. The very fact that these idols lie and many similar are found scattered in deep forests of Kumtol and Caranzol indicates that the ancient trade route passing through the village and connecting the Mahadayai river basin to Deccan markets via Bhimgadh was once a major route of communication because Lord Ganesha is favourite deity of Hindu and Jain traders and merchant guilds. They used this route. Sattari including Khanapur area was once a tribal republic called MALAVA exterminated by the Kadambas of Goa. They took the title “slayers of Malavas-the hilly tribals” in their minted coinage.
    Happy Ganesh to Dr. Rajan and family.ReplyCancel

    • Rajan Parrikar - August 24, 2017 - 1:31 am

      Thank you, Professor Kamat, for adding historical details. Festival greetings to you, too.ReplyCancel

Celestial dramas.

The total solar eclipse of August 21, 2017, will be visible in the USA with the footprint of totality ranging across several states. A room at a basic motel in Casper, Wyoming, has just become available for $2500 (parking is free). Make Eclipses Great Again!

My one, and thus far only, experience of a total solar eclipse was on February 16, 1980, when the path of totality cut through Goa. I was a teenager then and we were gathered in Panjim in a paddy field in front of our home. Nobody had any cameras and hence there are no pictures of the event. Besides the eclipse itself, I carry one lasting memory of that day. It was early in the afternoon and with totality approaching, the light diminished considerably confusing the cows grazing in the field. We watched in surprise as they began their walk back home.

The photos below were taken on March 20, 2015, during a solar eclipse visible in Iceland. The path of totality fell just off the east coast and at my location in Mývatn, the coverage fell short of totality at 98%. I wasn’t planning on photographing this eclipse, but lemons were dealt and lemonade was made. As the light dimmed, the lava field and the surrounding mountains made for an eerie sight.

Solar eclipse seen in Reykjahlíð, Mývatn, Iceland

Solar eclipse seen in Reykjahlíð
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Hverfjall during solar eclipse, Mývatn, Iceland

Hverfjall tephra crater during solar eclipse
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Hlíðarfjall during solar eclipse, Mývatn, Iceland

Hlíðarfjall during solar eclipse
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Faces of Goa.

I chanced upon these two delightful fellas one evening while meandering through rural Goa, in the village of Talarna.

Earlier posts in the Faces of Goa series are here.

Arjun Nivudkar of Talarna, Goa

The Shepherd – Arjuna of Talarna
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Rama Naik of Talarna, Goa

Toil – Rama of Talarna
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Arjuna Nivudkar of Talarna, Goa

Arjuna Nivudkar
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Rama Naik of Talarna, Pernem, Goa

Rama Naik
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Arjuna Nivudkar and Rama Naik of Talarna, Goa

Gaon-bhau (village brothers): Arjuna and Rama
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  • John Da Silva Collaco - August 17, 2017 - 11:17 pm

    Beautiful and thought provoking photos frozen in time.ReplyCancel

  • Olinda - August 17, 2017 - 8:46 pm

    Beautiful photos. I assume they are very recent shots as recent as August 2017. I personally find the photo on haystacks intriguing. I am looking for a talented photographer as yourself to capture the mood as Jean Francois Millet captured in his artwork the “Haystacks” best wishes Rajan.ReplyCancel

    • Rajan Parrikar - August 17, 2017 - 10:13 pm

      Thanks, Olinda-bai. The photos were taken in January this year (2017).ReplyCancel

  • Mervyn - August 17, 2017 - 7:43 pm

    The last picture captures Goa.ReplyCancel