In the lower register.

A sublime symphony of light as the final rays of a sub-Arctic winter evening splay across Esja. Vignettes of the mountain are followed by a panorama.

Esja - last light, Reykjavík, Iceland Esja - last light, Reykjavík, Iceland Esja - last light, Reykjavík, Iceland

Esja - last light, Reykjavík, Iceland

Symphony of light
5DS, 100-400L IS II


Panorama of Esja - last light, Reykjavík, Iceland

Panorama of Esja – Reykjavík, Iceland
5DS, 100-400L IS II
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In the glacier’s shadow.

Built in 1903, the church on the ancient farm Ingjaldshóll is the oldest concrete church in Iceland. Christopher Columbus is said to have spent time in this area absorbing lessons from the experienced Viking seafarers before embarking on his voyage to the Americas. The farm lies in the shadow of the Snæfellsjökull glacier near the village of Hellissandur.

The second image below is from October 2010, a month when churches in Iceland are illuminated in pink to mark the Breast Cancer Awareness month.

Ingjaldshólskirkja in Hellisandur, Iceland

5DS, 24-70L f/2.8 II

Ingjaldshólskirkja in Hellisandur, Iceland

Dusk near Snæfellsjökull
5D Mark II, 70-200L f/2.8 IS II

  • Nancy - February 8, 2019 - 8:54 pm

    Your pictures so precisely depict the solemness, beauty and uniqueness of my favourite country, ICELAND.ReplyCancel

    • Rajan Parrikar - February 9, 2019 - 9:34 am

      Nancy – Thank you. I identify completely with your feelings about Iceland.ReplyCancel

  • Bob_B - February 6, 2019 - 8:33 pm

    The second one is my favorite.ReplyCancel

Nirvana in batata-vada.

Seen at the annual festival of the Anant Temple in Savoi-Verem, Goa. Batata-vada is a spicy potato fritter popular in Goa and neighboring areas.

During zatra of Anant temple, Savoi-Verem, Goa

Panasonic LX100 II

During zatra of Anant temple, Savoi-Verem, Goa

Batatavada + Goan pão + tea = Slice of heaven
Panasonic LX100 II

  • Dhiraj - February 6, 2019 - 6:24 am

    When will you visit Sanguem?ReplyCancel

    • Rajan Parrikar - February 6, 2019 - 12:26 pm

      I go to Sanguem taluka quite often although it has been a while since I went to the town itself.ReplyCancel

  • Premanand - February 5, 2019 - 6:53 pm

    LOL!!! My wife sometimes, lovingly, call my son “batatya”…I was delightfully reminded of that when I saw this photograph. 🙂ReplyCancel

    • Rajan Parrikar - February 5, 2019 - 8:50 pm

      Premanand-bab: ‘Batatya’ is an endearing sobriquet for the little one.ReplyCancel

On Earth.

Greenhouse located in a lava field near Grindavík, Iceland.

Greenhouse in lava field near Grindavík, Iceland

Greenhouse in lava field near Grindavík, Iceland

Alien colony?
DJI Phantom 4 Pro

  • Bob_B - February 5, 2019 - 1:16 pm

    Yes, it certainly does look like the aliens have landed. I like the sense of isolation in each. You really have mastered drone photography.ReplyCancel

    • Rajan Parrikar - February 5, 2019 - 3:06 pm

      Bob: Thank you. A higher vantage point would have made it even better but it was very windy with a threat of rain. I decided to play it safe with the drone.ReplyCancel