Silhouettes from the Sunset Past-III

The sun makes past the last set of cloudline before setting into the Arabian Sea, as seen from Navi Mumbai, India.

The sky is a canvas that often paints the wildest of pictures. Sometimes from looking like ‘The Eye of Ra’ (in this picture) to a full-blown monster ready to devour the land (when a storm approaches), the sun and clouds are elements that paint this canvas into a memory of a lifetime!

Silhouettes from Sunset Past-I

The sun sets amidst a pallet of colorful skies, beautiful clouds and towering buildings, as seen from Navi Mumbai, India.
The month of May has always been my personal favorite for shooting the sun during the golden hour. Not only is the sun at its best, there has always been some kind of interesting cloudscape or colors in the sky making for a much interesting and dramatic scene. A scene so soothing to the eye that one will forgive and forget the scorching heat endured during the day!
Any even though this image was made 8 years ago, May is the Way (still) to witness the best of what the sun has to offer, especially at the golden hour.

Circa-12th May, 2012

Sparrow Spotting

A male sparrow perches on the branch of a tree with a blade of glass in its beak before heading back to its nest during sunset.

I love the fact that we are able to spot sparrows much more often like we would in the past. There was a brief period when these little ones had become sparse in sight, maybe be due to the change in radio waves and pollution levels in the air. Though they can be mischievous at times, stealing fruits and vegetables being grow in the garden, I am more than happy to see them grow in numbers along with other flora and fauna in the region.

When Nature tries Art…

The sun illuminates the underside of the leaves on a coconut tree, making for a vibrant display of colors just before sunset.

Being the peak of summer, the sun is at its best and puts up an amazing show throughout the day. But the brilliance of this almighty disk is not limited to skies alone. When shining bright on the subjects that thrive due to its existence, it often paints them in ways that that captivates most of its audience.

Lock-down Notes

The sun shines bright, brilliantly illuminating the fresh and vibrant leaves of a tree before setting behind the hills.

This whole lock-down situation is interesting. Yes, it is being done for everyone’s safety and at the same time it also created a hell lot of problems. But one set of problems I would like to highlight today is the boredom factor people encounter. I remember the time back in the 90’s when things like on-demand entertainment through the internet wasn’t a thing. But still whenever there was a power outage or a bummer of that sorts, I don’t remember a whole lot of people being ‘bored’. Everyone always had something to do. The ‘frustration element’ never seemed to show up.

Though the current scenario is quite different and dangerous, the fact that people just got bored seems rather unfortunate. This is happening even with the internet and major communication channels still up and running. This fast-paced life has managed to take out even a generation who weren’t born with these comforts in the first place.

Though this whole situation and the lock-down are unfortunate, I still would see this an opportunity. An opportunity to clean my gear, stay calm and composed, to stop and stare enjoying the little things in life, develop hope, get started with all the tasks that had been neglected for long and most off all- learning the lessons that one really needs to and be better prepared the next time around 🙂

At the Edge, witnessing the beauty ahead

A panoramic view into the canyon below from the cliff of the Tiger Point at Lonavala.

The current situation of the world is that of uncertainty and sorrow. And especially in an age when most of the people are well connected, each of us is able to witness this firsthand, helplessly.

But this same calamity has brought out a positive side of the world. Be it the tireless spirits of medical personals and the people involved, the mutual understanding and kindness between citizens, the ability of many to be there in a family and the overall revival of nature due to drop in pollution levels.

There is no denying or underplaying the fact that this is the one of the worst disasters of all times and the sorrow it has brought along. But seeing the positives even when standing at the very edge of uncertainty, holding on to the hope for a better future is just as important as the cure is.

Stay safe everyone. This too shall pass. There is beauty and peace beyond all of this 🙂

Flyin’ to the Moon and Back

The full moon rising amidst the passing cloud cover during late evening, as viewed from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai.

This particular full moon has some exclusiveness attached to it. It goes by the name ‘Kartik Purnima’ in India, the ‘Hunter’s Moon’ in the West and also is known as the ‘Harvest Moon’. The specialty of this full moon is that it particularly is cooperative around the time of the autumn equinox, making this full moonrise quite unique in itself.

During the time of this celestial event i.e 13th-14th October 2019, Mumbai was facing rather untimely rains which also translated to a wet and damp Diwali in the city. So there was a certain doubt if one would be able to witness any of the moon amidst such questionable weather. Also those set of days coincided with the festival of Karwa Chauth in which the moon is of most prominence and much sort after.

But inspite of the speculation, the rain gods didn’t spoil this spectacular event, with the pre rains and the passing clouds only adding character to the magnificent show playing up in the heavens.

Content Info- earthsky.org

Audio Track: Savage Garden- To the Moon and Back

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.

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.