Faces of Goa.

I saw her walking towards the terraced fields of Khola in Canacona, Goa, where I was setting up my drone. The sickle-wielding Surang Velip was in her own territory yet she seemed nervous. Women in these remote parts aren’t accustomed to cameras pointed at them, and much as I tried to put her at ease, her flinty expression did not waver. Within minutes she had disappeared into the jungle.

Surang Velip in Khola, Canacona, Goa

Sickle in hand
5DS, 100-400L IS II

Surang Velip of Khola, Canacona, Goa

Terraced field
5DS, 24-70L f/2.8 II

Surang Velip in Khola, Canacona, Goa

Surang Velip
5DS, 100-400L II IS


The Faces of Goa collection is consolidated at this link.

  • Premanand Lotlikar - November 21, 2016 - 3:01 pm

    The third photograph, the portrait, is my favourite. One can keep looking at it and try to fathom what must be going on in Surang bai’s mind at that moment…fear, intrigue, curiosity, excitement.ReplyCancel

Lightbeam across the heavens.

Seen on a full moon night in Hvestudalur in the Westfjords of Iceland.

Northern lights in Ketildalir near Bíldudalur, Iceland

Yoda’s saber
5DS, TS-E 24L II


PS: My preferred spelling is “sabre.” But what the hell, let’s Make American Spelling Great Again.


Abode of Vishnu.

The historic temple of Anant in the village of Savoi-Verem, Goa, is ensconced in a luscious bed of green. A schist plaque of the reclining VishnuAnantshayana – dating back to the 11th Century during the Kadamba period is the central object of worship in the garbhagriha. The temple is surrounded by groves – known in Konkani as kuLagars – of areca-nut and coconut trees, once an essential feature of Goan villages.

Check out the video at the end of this photo essay.

Anant Temple in Savoi-Verem, Goa

Anant Devasthan in Savoi-Verem, Goa
DJI Phantom 4

Anant Temple in Savoi-Verem, Goa

Bird’s eye view
DJI Phantom 4


Apropos of the photo below – on this particular visit in 2007, I arrived during ‘gandha-puja,’ hence the colourful anointments.

At the Anant temple in Savoi Verem, Goa

5D, 35L

Orchards and groves near Anant Temple in Savoi-Verem, Goa

Areca-nut and coconut groves
DJI Phantom 4

Dwarpal at Anant temple in Savoi Verem, Goa

Dwarpal on temple wall
5D Mark II, Zeiss ZE 50 f/2 MP

Anant Temple in Savoi-Verem, Goa

Deepastambha (lamp tower) and temple roof
DJI Phantom 4


The video is also available on YouTube.

  • Sidharth Shirsat - December 18, 2016 - 11:18 am

    Awesome,a feast to Eyes.Today I was searching some info on Brahma Temple and I stumbled upon your Photo Blog and now I am following.Really very goodReplyCancel

  • S P Naik - November 18, 2016 - 3:48 pm

    Absolutely stunning! It took my breath away!ReplyCancel

  • Filomena Saraswati Giese - November 16, 2016 - 11:21 pm

    Dear Rajan,

    Absolutely beautiful subject and absolutely beautiful photography!


    • Rajan Parrikar - November 16, 2016 - 11:59 pm

      Filomena-bai, you should go there the next time you are in Goa. Great to hear from you.ReplyCancel

  • Premanand Lotlikar - November 16, 2016 - 1:27 pm

    One of your finest posts!…I have only one word for DJI Phantom….”Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious”! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • jc - November 15, 2016 - 11:45 pm

    Dear Rajanbab,

    The pics of the temple and (green) surroundings are absolutely gorgeous.

    Thank you for sharing them



Volcanic crater.

The 4000 years old scoria crater Gráakúla (“Grey Bump”) lies at the edge of the Berserkjahraun lava field on the Snæfellsnes peninsula in Iceland.

Pronunciation tip: Grá is like the ‘grow’ in ‘growl.’ And so, Grá-a-kúla = grow-aa-cool-aa.

Berserkjahraun takes after the Berserkers (whence the phrase “to go berserk”). You may read the gruesome tale of the two Berserkers associated with this lava field here.

These images and the video were taken with the DJI Phantom 4 drone camera.

Gráakúla crater, Berserkjahraun, Snæfellsnes, Iceland

DJI Phantom 4

Gráakúla crater, Berserkjahraun, Snæfellsnes, Iceland

DJI Phantom 4


The video is also available on YouTube.