My entry for this week is from my archives of photographs shot in Petra of Jordan which needs no introduction.
Near the Siq
I am posting two photographs, one of a typical scenery shot near Wadhi Al-Mudhlim above, the other of what the locals call as Al-Khazneh when it was cast with the shade of the tall mountains around.
The Treasury, also called Al Khazneh
The inclusion of some people in the above picture does give a rough idea of the size of the Treasury, isn't it? I also like to view how the mountain in the top right hand side is bathed in full and direct sunlight.
The Tungabhadra River, formed by the confluence of Tunga and Bhadra, in the southern part of India flows from Karnataka to Andhra Pradesh. From then on, it joins as the chief tributary of the Krishna River.
The Tungabhadra Dam was constructed to harness the River water. What I like about dams is that they help with irrigation, farming, in producing hydroelectricity and I'm sure there are other uses that I am not aware of. It is amazing how water is stored so that there is enough during the summer months too.
The Tungabhadra Dam is near to the World Heritage Site, Hampi. It's storage capacity is 135 Tmcft, and in times of heavy rains, the Dam is said to be distributing an estimated quantity of 235 Tmcft, in other words... a huge amount! My mind could not fully comprehend the size of the water body. Water was filled to the brim as far as my eyes could see, right up to the horizon!
While strolling in the gardens at that height, I particularly liked the view of several species of birds flying past continously for hours together. I believe some of the birds are resident, others migratory.
I also stayed long enough to capture some sunset scenes.
Tungabhadra Dam in the distance.... on the left is nothing else but water as far as the eyes could see!
While on top of the Mount Washington, I waited long enough to watch the play of sun and the shadows it cast over Pittsburgh through the remainder of the evening. I am always fascinated about the profound interconnection between the Sun and the Earth.
The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes. ~ Marcel Proust
It is pleasant weather here these days and last week when I went for my usual walk, I carried my camera along. Stopping near the Scientific Center, I watched the sun getting ready to set, and tried to capture some of the changing colors in the sky.
The photographs here are of the Vidhana Soudha, located in Bangalore (Bengaluru), which is the seat of Karnataka’s secretariat and legislative assembly. It is constructed in the Neo-Dravidian style and also incorporates Indo-Saracenic elements of architecture.
Constitutional breakdown Conflicts and conspiracies Peddling of politicians Land grabbing, horse trading Land scams, struggle for power
Kidnapping, goons ruling Ruthless and tyrannical Defections, corruption rampant Situation out of control Deterioration by the day
What use of prayers and rituals To idols and the gods While poor are not cared for and die When will the so called leaders End such insolent autocratic rule?
What happened to oaths and duties Morals and responsibilities Integrity and honesty Has it all been thrown in the winds Gone for a toss so easily?
Is there anyone out there Ready for selfless and honest service To bring about needed change Raise the standard and dignity In the life of the common man
I think they were around During the freedom struggle Can we not find them anymore Except in movies and books Or should we seek them in statues?
Photographs shot: 24 December 2009 (during my last visit to Bangalore)
Poetry created: 22 November 2010 (keeping in mind the present chaos and political crisis in Karnataka, the state I was born in)
The Alaknanda is a river in the state of Uttarakhand, India. It is one of the two headstreams of the Ganges. The Alaknanda begins its journey from the Himalayan mountains.
A 4 km walk from Badrinath along the Alaknanda river and past fields divided by dry stone walls leads to tiny Mana village as seen in the background of the above photograph. It is the last village on the borders of Indo-China region.
Mana is situated at a height of 3,200 meters (over 10,000 feet) above main sea level. This village shuts down in winter for 6 months or so as it gets snow-bound with sub-zero temperatures.
It is presumed that it was in this little Village that the sacred Indian texts of the Vedas and Puranas were compiled.
The inhabitants of Mana in the Himalayan mountains are mainly Indo-Mongolian tribals.
In Egypt, under Ptolemy II, a road was built linking Marsa Alam and Edfu and is still in use. Tourists wishing to travel on this route used to do that in convoys until the recent past, and probably still do.
Taxi operators need to take prior permission from the relevant authorities before transporting tourists.
I travelled on this road from Marsa Alam to Luxor one warm evening last year. This is a shot of the sunset viewed from the desert road along the Sinai.
Traversing long stretches Along snake like roads I discover Manali And its imposing Brown peaks Glaciers tucked in Pristine waters flowing Peaceful and serene Abundance of Natural beauty Spectrum of Himalayan landscape Clouds in motion Bring change in scenery Moving over Mountain tops Casting shadows On the green valleys
Seated at Echo Point Soaking in the beauty Of the distant mountains I bellow out a word Then wait expectantly For the echo To reverberate From the distance Faithfully!
The River Narmada plunges in a waterfall known as Dhuandhar Falls or the smoke cascade. The plunge is so powerful that its roar can be heard from a disance. These Falls are a spectacular sight of nature's power.