Bárður’s valley.

This long and narrow valley in north Iceland spans 30 miles and takes its name after the first settler Gnúpa-Bárður. The glacial river Skjálfandafljót runs through, punctuating its flow in two of the most beautiful waterfalls in Iceland, namely, Aldeyjarfoss and Goðafoss.

Some of the world’s finest woollen sweaters are made in Bárðardalur, hand knit with their signature Icelandic patterns by the ladies at the farms.

Church at Lundarbrekka in Bárðardalur, Iceland

Church at Lundarbrekka in Bárðardalur, Iceland

Church at Lundarbrekka farm
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Barn at Lundarbrekka in Bárðardalur, Iceland

Barn
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Lundarbrekka in Bárðardalur, Iceland

Bárðardalur
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Avian reception.

Morning’ in Goa.

Sunrise in Siridona, Goa

Sunrise in Siridona, Goa
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  • Bob_B - August 31, 2018 - 7:58 am

    Hi Rajan: Beautiful serenity in shades of rose! I’d like to nominate this one for a large print to be hung where everyone can see and admire it. – BobReplyCancel

Life in the sub-Arctic North.

Some years ago a ferocious storm left me Stranded in Strandir. There is only one track into and out of the area, and in the winters it is cleared once a week unless there is an emergency. Photographers out shooting in snowstorms are not considered an emergency unless there is danger to life and limb.

Steini Finn and his snowplow helped us get to the nearby airstrip at Gjögur for my flight out.

Steini Finn on snow plow in Melavík, Strandir, Iceland

Cold winter’s morning in Melavík, Strandir coast of Iceland
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Steini Finn and his snow plow tractor, Strandir, Iceland

Steini Finn of Trékyllisvík, Strandir, Iceland

Steini Finn of Trékyllisvík
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Tractor with snow plow in Melavík, Strandir, Iceland

Up close with 11 mm
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Rhythms of the Goan monsoon.

This photo essay depicts a salient aspect of Goan village life during the monsoon season: cultivation of the paddy fields.

Monsoon skies in Goa during July are typically featureless grey. Replacing them in Photoshop with ‘dramatic’ skies – a suggestion I have heard from people who have never experienced the Indian southwest monsoon – would be a travesty.

Paddy field in Cansaulim, Goa

Focussed
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Paddy fields of Cansaulim, Goa

Hard at work
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Paddy field in Cansaulim, Goa

Teamwork
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Egret in a paddy field in Cansaulim, Goa

Egret, in search of food
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Working in heavy rain, in Cansaulim, Goa

Undeterred by the heavy downpour
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Jacqueline of Cansaulim, Goa

Jacqueline
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Paddy fields of Cansaulim, Goa

The paddy fields of Cansaulim, Goa
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  • Premanand - August 6, 2018 - 11:20 am

    I could literally smell the red mud in the puddles in the last photograph. Miss the Goan monsoon!ReplyCancel

  • Bob_B - August 6, 2018 - 8:20 am

    I love your “Jacqueline” photo! Beautifully crisp details on her face, lovely bokeh in the background, and very pleasing colors.ReplyCancel