Badami

Badami in the the state of Karnataka, India, is known for its  ancient rock-cut temples. The sandstone ridge, overlooking the town, is set afire every day moments before sundown.  In the image below, the Bhootnath temple is also seen on the banks of the lake.

Sandstone Ridge at Badami<br>5D, 24-105L

Sandstone ridge at Badami
5D, 24-105L

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Sweeping For Her God

Early morning drives through rural Goa are among life’s great pleasures.  Goan villages have a unique physical and aesthetic appeal.  The template is more or less the same:  life is anchored around the local temple or the church, a key village institution for matters spiritual as well as social.  Then there is the village ‘tinto’ – a hive of activity dotted with a tavern, cafe, barber shop, store, and local gossips.  This languid, bucolic world is now fast fading in the face of ‘development’ and out-of-control influx invasion from the rest of India.

At the end of a crepuscular photo excursion earlier this year, I stopped by the old temple of Ravalnath in the village of Mulgaon (Moolgaon). A lone figure in the courtyard greeted me, an elderly widow named Jayashree Gaonkar, as it turned out. When I inquired after her, she replied that hers’ had been a hard life but that she is now glad to have the opportunity to “sweep the courtyard for my God every morning.” We had a good conversation. When I asked if I could take some portraits, she was overcome by shyness. After some cajoling she acceded.

Jayashree Gaonkar at Ravalnath temple in Moolgaon

Jayashree Gaonkar of Mulgaon, Goa
5D, 85L II

 
Jayashree Gaonkar in the courtyard of the temple 5D, 24-105L

Jayashree Gaonkar in the courtyard of the temple
5D, 24-105L

 
Ancient idol of Ravalnath at Mulgaon<br>5D, 85L II

Ancient idol of Ravalnath at Mulgaon
5D, 85L II

 
 
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Lone Soccer Fan

Meandering through the Goan countryside moments before sunset one evening in February 2009, I came upon this enchanting scene in the village of Azossim, Goa.

Late evening in Azossim, Goa (EF Lens: 24-105L)

Late evening in Azossim, Goa
5D, EF 24-105L

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Death Valley Jaunt

Filled with geological wonders and haunting vistas, Death Valley National Park in California presents a fertile playground for the landscape photographer. These are a few of the outré sights on offer in Death Valley, taken during a quick jaunt at the end of April 2009.  All the photographs below were shot with Canon EOS 5D.

View from Zabriskie Point at dawn

View from Zabriskie Point at dawn
5D, EF 14L II

 
View from Zabriskie Point at sunrise

View from Zabriskie Point at sunrise
5D, EF 24-105L

 
Devil's Golf Course

Devil's Golf Course
5D, Tilt-Shift 45 mm

 
Artist's Drive

Artist's Drive
5D, EF 24-105L

 
Moving stones at Racetrack Playa

Moving stones at Racetrack Playa
5D, 14L II

 
Red Cathedral seen from Golden Canyon

Red Cathedral seen from Golden Canyon
5D, EF 24-105L

 
Golden Canyon, late evening

Golden Canyon, late evening
5D, EF 24-105L

 
Dante's View at dawn

Dante's View at dawn
5D, EF 14L II

 
 
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