In Salvador do Mundo, Goa.

The Sun is an object of great beauty and awe. Among the first humans to understand how the Sun worked was Arthur Stanley Eddington, dismissing the doubters of his time: “The helium which we handle must have been put together at some time and some place. We do not argue with the critic who urges that the stars are not hot enough for this process; we tell him to go and find a hotter place.”

Sunrise, Brahminy Kite, Salvador do Mundo, Goa

Back to the sun – Brahminy Kite
5DS, 100-400L IS II

Sunrise in Salvador do Mundo, Goa

The giant ball rises
5DS, 100-400L IS II

  • Bob_B - December 18, 2018 - 7:01 pm

    “Back To Sun” has so much emotional content: I felt the humidity and stillness of that moment immediately. Great work!ReplyCancel

    • Rajan Parrikar - December 19, 2018 - 4:17 pm

      Thank you, Bob. It was still, yes, but not humid. Normally you would be right about the latter but this is December and Goa enjoys a relatively cool weather with low(er) humidity this time of the year. The temps were around 20º C and my guess is that the humidity was around 60-70%.ReplyCancel

      • Bob_B - December 19, 2018 - 9:15 pm

        I was smiling as I read your reply, because in my neck of the woods, anytime the humidity gets over 50% it’s humid. 70% would be considered oppressive. But I get your drift, and love the photo. Seasons greetings from less than 30% indoor humidity. (Yes, I have a humidifier going as I write.) 🙂 BobReplyCancel

        • Rajan Parrikar - December 19, 2018 - 9:32 pm

          Season’s Greetings to you, too, Bob. Here’s wishing you a relaxing and joyous time.

Light that sings.

We saw this remarkable scene today morning in Sinquerim, Goa: aerial prop roots of a Banyan tree singing in the first rays of the rising sun.

On a related note, the iPhone XS camera system is a noticeable upgrade over its predecessors, with an improved dynamic range and low light performance. Not yet close to being in the DSLR league, but give it a few years.

The second image was taken with the new Panasonic LX100 II, a compact package with a superb Leica lens.

Aerial prop roots of Banyan tree, Goa

Golden red
iPhone XS

Banyan tree in Sinquerim, Goa

First light on the Banyan tree
Panasonic LX100 II


Open-air sunrise mass.

The annual festa of the Church of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception in Panjim was celebrated today beginning with mass at sunrise.

Some of the design features of the stairway of this 1541 church are shared by the Bom Jesus do Monte in Braga, Portugal.

Last years’ photos are here.

Church Square, Panjim, Goa

Church Square
iPhone XS

Sunrise mass, Panjim, Goa

Sunrise mass
iPhone XS

Rosita Pereira, Panjim

Flower seller Rosita Pereira
iPhone XS

Rajan Parrikar, Panjim, Goa

Your friendly photographer in ‘action’
iPhone XS Max
Photo by: Veena Parrikar


Iberian influences.

Panjim, the capital city of Goa and my birthplace – once among the most beautiful towns in the world. It took India less than 50 years to turn it to dreck. Noticing India’s corrosive effect is, of course, crimethink in these parts, and those Goans who do the noticing risk being called “anti-national,” “Portuguese bootlickers,” and worse, by the super patriots.

Seen on my morning walks, some of the surviving ‘objects’ of the vintage Panjim of my young days.

Clube Naçional, Panjim, Goa

Windows – Clube Naçional (notice the decorative rooster on the roof)
iPhone XS

People's High School building, Panjim, Goa

Old People’s High School building (today an Art gallery)
iPhone XS

Street art, Panjim, Goa

Street art
iPhone XS

All my posts on Panjim are archived here.