A drop of sunshine

And another cactus blooms with a short lived bright yellow flower.

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The flower bloomed only for a few hours, however there are two more buds in the waiting.

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Monsoons hit Kerala

As a nation that depends on the Monsoons for most of its water requirements, the onset of the Monsoons are a much awaited event and its progress is tracked with religious fervor in India. This year amidst conflicting predictions from the Indian Meteorological Department and Skymet; and anxiety over El Nino effecting the volume of rainfall, the monsoons arrived in Kerala, the first coastline it hits, a few days earlier than its traditional due date of 1st June, much to the joy of all!!

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Monsoons arrive with a magic wand … transforming even the mundane into things of beauty

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So looks like the bud on the right is flirting with the bloom and asking it for a dance in the rain

Travel Theme: Orange

Recently I unearthed some old photographs that I had taken a while back at the Flower Market at Dadar Station, Mumbai. Some of them just happened to be the right fit for Alisa’s Travel Theme

Roses are the star attraction!

Roses are the star attraction!

But there are others too!

But there are others too!

Orange is the colour of prosperity in India, and Marigolds are the flowers for decoration.

Orange is the colour of prosperity in India, and Marigolds are the flowers for all religious decoration.

Weekly Photo Challenge: One Shot, Two Ways

I generally end up taking multiple shots of a location – since it’s difficult to make out which shot will work out better. Here are a few samples –

Water body Horizontal Shot

Water body Horizontal Shot

Water Body Vertical Shot

Water Body Vertical Shot

These pictures are of the water body in our society. The vertical shot lays emphasis on the water body where as the horizontal shot focuses on the location and shape – between two curved roads.

Pine trees

Pine tree horizontal Shot

 

Pine Tree Vertical Shot

Pine Tree Vertical Shot

These are taken during my recent trip to Shimla. The vertical picture emphasizes the pine needle clusters against the backdrop of the sky and the horizontal emphasizes the greenery contributed by the tree. Personally I like the vertical one since I was trying to capture the pine-needle-cluster effect.