The Blue Hour Spell

A panorama of the Haji Malang Range as seen during the blue hour with the entirety of the range standing tall and the lifeless concrete jungle at the bottom. No matter how much I have photographed this scene, it always has something new to interest and captivate me.

Sunset Perfect

Though it is high time for the monsoon to have stopped completely, it does rain quite often even now. The mornings usually have an overcast with the sun making a brief appearance at times. The evenings follow with raging thunderstorms that are often accompanied by spells of heavy rain. But inspite of having an unpredictable weather, the evenings often lead you to amazing scenes like these, becoming a must needed treat to the tired eye and soul. And the fact that these untimely rains keep the dust, pollution and heat in check is always a boon!

The Green Stairway

A beautifully lit sky forming the background to a vibrant lush green slope of a hill as viewed from the foothills during sunset at Kharghar, Navi Mumbai.

Enter the month of October and the rains will be soon gone, only to surface next year. Though it rains quite often even now, the signs of the retreat are evident. This year, it had rained enough and after a point it had started becoming a pain. Yes, the monsoon is far better than the scorching heat of the summer and water is a resource that one always finds good use of. But I wished it had rained in patches and a bit more mildly, giving everyone a small window to enjoy the fruits of the monsoon. Or maybe I, as my city, should have prepared in a much better way to have take it more as a boon than a bane. But there is always a next time. And yes, I will really miss the rains once they are gone…

A Storm rolls in… – II

A storm rolls in over the lush green plateau and the numerous peaks before descending into the valley.

The hill range acts like a boundary wall holding up a good amount of rain bearing clouds as they pass by from the west. When there is a heavy downpour, these clouds send down huge quantities of water, often resulting in swelled up streams and waterfalls across the town.

Though as beautiful as it seems, it would be rather terrifying to get held up on these highlands when a storm like this passes by.
 
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Divine Canvas

The K-Town skyline one fine evening, just before sundown.

It had been raining heavily for the most of this month. The day would start with a dark and intense skyline and end with a heavy downpour, with wild winds rocking the foliage so hard that they would uproot the next second. The whole day was damp and gloomy with the sun nowhere to be seen. Stepping out of the house for work or leisure wasn’t an option.

But for the past few days, such skies and beautiful evenings have become staple, serving as a much needed break and also treat to the eye and soul. Maybe the rain gods will descend again and cause even more havoc. Or maybe not. But days like these fuel the mind with hope and give the strength to keep moving.

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Dramatic Evenings

A massive cloud formation engulfs the Haji Malang range looking similar to a dramatic pyroclastic cloud that forms after a volcanic eruption.

This image was made during a rain free evening, just before sunset, as viewed from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai.

Fruits of the Monsoon

Though the rains have been merciless this year, they do bring special treats along. The earth gets covered with a layer of green, the air becomes cold and damp, numerous streams and waterfalls dot the region, all tricking ones senses into a game of pleasure and pain.

The journey to the base of this waterfall is a treat in its own as one needs to hike a bit to reach it. As the strength of the fall depends on the rains the hills receive, one has to wait till it pours continuously to witness it in it full glory.

Land Crab with Eggs

A Land Crab carries its eggs in its undercarriage across a dry stream at the valley section of the hills at Kharghar, Navi Mumbai.

What would seem as easy situations for us would often be the hardest and a matter of life or death for the residents of the hills. But inspite of all the trouble they come across, natural or man made, their ability to work past it slowly but steadily is a sight to be reckoned and a life lesson to be learnt from.

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Land crab crosses a stream

A Land Crab makes its way across a stream at the hills in Kharghar, Navi Mumbai.

Though the rains seem to be making a late entrance this year, the hills and its residents have started preparing for the monsoon in full swing. These crabs who spend the previous seasons underground have now surfaced in large numbers, dotting the semi moist streams and muddy trails of the region.