Romancing the Goan Monsoon – Take 3

Another installment in our ongoing monsoon romance.

Classic monsoon squall in Batim

Classic monsoon squall in Batim
5D Mark II, Zeiss ZE 50 f/2 Makro Planar

 
Bovine conference in Batim

Bovine conference in Batim
5D Mark II, Zeiss ZE 100 f/2 Makro Planar

 
Rubber plantation in Vichundrem

Rubber plantation in Vichundrem
5D Mark II, Zeiss ZE 50 f/2 Makro Planar

 
Herder at Gaodongrim in Canacona

Herder at Gaodongrim, Canacona
5D Mark II, Zeiss ZE 50 f/2 Makro Planar

 
 
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Icelandic Sheep

For over 1000 years, the Icelandic sheep has remained a pure breed. Raised wholly on natural mountain grass and without hormones, the quality of Icelandic wool and lamb meat is rated to be the finest in the world. The annual sheep roundup in September, known as réttir, is an important cultural tradition, an occasion for both work and celebration, where families and friends gather on farms all over the country to participate in the ritual to track down, corral and sort the animals.

Traffic jam on the Ring Road near Höfn

Traffic jam on the Ring Road near Höfn
5D Mark II, 24-105L

 
Herding sheep on the Ring Road near Höfn

Herding sheep on the Ring Road near Höfn
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At Núpsstaður, Iceland

Curious – at Núpsstaður
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Icelandic lamb - at Gerði

Icelandic lamb - at Gerði
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The annual autumn roundup - at Skaftartungur

The annual autumn roundup - at Skaftartungur
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Church of St Anne

The Church of St Anne, located in the village of Talaulim not far from Panjim, is the most imposing church in Goa. Its architectural style is classified as Indian Baroque (vide Churches of Goa by José Pereira, Oxford University Press, 2002), and was conceived by Father Francisco do Rego who traced his roots to a Brahmin family from nearby Neura. Construction began in 1681 and was completed in 1695 (after do Rego’s death).

Known locally as Santana, the Church of St Anne celebrates its annual feast – the Cucumber Fest – at the end of July. For decades the monument had been in a state of severe disrepair and following a heavy downpour in 2007, a portion of the structure caved in. Reconstruction and restoration were then initiated with funds made available by the state government.

These images were taken this July soon after completion of the repairs.

Church of St Anne (1681) in Talaulim, Goa

Church of St Anne (1681) in Talaulim, Goa
5D Mark II, TS-E 24L II

 
Santana of Talaulim

Santana of Talaulim
5D Mark II, Zeiss ZE 100 f/2 Makro Planar

 

Update: The image above can be easily modified in Photoshop CS5 using its powerful Content-Aware Fill tool to remove the palm trees obstructing the view of the church. The result after 3 minutes of work is the following:

Santana of Talaulim - with palm trees removed

Santana of Talaulim - with palm trees removed

 
 
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Sigöldugljúfur

Tributary of the river Tungnaá fed by multiple cascades at Sigöldugljúfur (gljúfur = canyon) in the southern Highlands of Iceland.

Fögrufossar at Sigöldugljúfur

Fögrufossar at Sigöldugljúfur
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Sigöldugljúfur

Sigöldugljúfur
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