Another installment in our ongoing monsoon romance.
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.
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.
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:
Tributary of the river Tungnaá fed by multiple cascades at Sigöldugljúfur (gljúfur = canyon) in the southern Highlands of Iceland.