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  • The theme never leaves me and I keep wondering about the compulsions to bring about change such as this to our surroundings.
    continuing with human-nature series 
Construction is largely an external attribute. However some constructions take place in our mind such as this one where human form in the foreground becomes the reason of the picture. An attempt to humanise nature or naturalise the human? Still thinking.
    Human-nature...series
Nature; within or without? How long can it be held back?
    Human-nature series
The creeper clings to wall just like it would've a tree. It doesn't differentiate or does it?
    Image Title: Nature and construction
    Poster: nirlep
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    Posted: Fri Mar 10, 2017 4:04 pm
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    Image Title: Constructions in the mind
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    Posted: Mon Apr 06, 2015 12:12 pm
    Views: 113
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    Image Title: Inside outside
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    Posted: Sat Apr 04, 2015 4:57 pm
    Views: 223
    Rating: 9
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    Image Title: What is not nature?
    Poster: nirlep
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    Posted: Fri Apr 03, 2015 5:41 pm
    Views: 179
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    simple pleasures

    Human nature interface...continuing
    Continuing ....human-nature series
Several things come to mind; Predicament of Salmons faced with dams is one
    Image Title: moon rise
    Poster: nirlep
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    Posted: Thu Apr 02, 2015 2:41 pm
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    Image Title: Poems of grass
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    Posted: Wed Mar 25, 2015 5:44 pm
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    Image Title: #escape #desolate #vacuous #....
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    Posted: Tue Mar 24, 2015 4:19 pm
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    Image Title: Foothold
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    Posted: Sat Mar 21, 2015 2:30 pm
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    Often in my moment of despair, with mayhem of nature all around, I do invoke my ancestors to ask "till how long shall one keep hope alive".
The answer "till grass grows..." is enough to take me another mile.
    Taking a short break from human-nature series
    In spite of believing in indomitability of nature the sceptic in me takes over sometimes. And raises questions about art's role in struggle. Does it help restore the loss or it just make loss a bit bearable for the artist? In that sense is it objective at all?
    Are we in the danger of losing our eden to the visual din?
    Image Title: in my moment of despair
    Poster: nirlep
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    Posted: Thu Mar 19, 2015 5:13 pm
    Views: 280
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    Image Title: untitled
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    Posted: Thu Mar 12, 2015 4:51 pm
    Views: 59
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    Image Title: turning to art for solace
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    Posted: Tue Mar 10, 2015 8:58 am
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    Image Title: Satellite
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    Posted: Mon Mar 09, 2015 8:44 am
    Views: 330
    Rating: 10
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    Continuing with the series
Is human existence inextricably linked with nature?
Is human nature an organic complex or there exists Human nature separate from Nature?
Chose to present in sepia in order to give near-nature appeal. I guess that's an indicator of my stand on the question...
    Potted plants and bonsais seem to reflect our passion for nature. But is it that simple? I wonder if tendency to control nature is at work here. Is bonsai an attempt to dwarf and stunt nature? For now I just have this visual that I made last weekend. Looking for clues to these tendencies...
    Continuing with human nature interaction. The moment I try to resolve the conflict in mind disturbing facts emerge; such as our attempts to "construct" nature.

    Image Title: human nature
    Poster: nirlep
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    Posted: Sat Mar 07, 2015 12:16 pm
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    Image Title: Stunting or internalising?
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    Posted: Thu Mar 05, 2015 9:00 am
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    Image Title: Disturbia
    Poster: nirlep
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    Posted: Tue Mar 03, 2015 8:58 am
    Views: 88
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    Image Title: Fall
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    Posted: Mon Mar 02, 2015 12:27 pm
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    Sometimes on this cross-roads I let loose imagination trying to resolve the human-nature schism
    We uproot grass from earth and then etch it on clay. Is it celebration, memory of the lost or just trying to re-create the seen.

    continuing with the series...
    Image Title: Contradiction; resolution in the mind
    Poster: nirlep
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    Posted: Sat Feb 28, 2015 9:45 am
    Views: 80
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    Image Title: Contradiction
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    Posted: Wed Feb 25, 2015 5:45 pm
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    Image Title: Adapt
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    Posted: Sat Feb 21, 2015 4:09 pm
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    Image Title: construction
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    Posted: Tue Feb 17, 2015 9:31 am
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    First agricultural farms ate into wild nature. New construction activity now claims large chunks of agricultural land. It seems agriculture is the first pretext of displacing nature before further "development" displaces agriculture. What could be next?
    Continuing with the series "Nature and Human habitation"
    The image is from a recent work on how nature is coping up with human habitation

    Image Title: Phases
    Poster: nirlep
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    Posted: Wed Feb 11, 2015 5:15 pm
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    Image Title: Displaced
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    Posted: Sat Feb 07, 2015 3:20 pm
    Views: 91
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    Image Title: Laid to rest
    Poster: nirlep
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    Posted: Fri Feb 06, 2015 5:05 pm
    Views: 128
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    Image Title: Tributary
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    Posted: Tue Jan 27, 2015 11:55 am
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    btw prayer never flags :)


    Image Title: Let's walk
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    Posted: Tue Jan 13, 2015 8:51 am
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    Image Title: Prayer flags
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    Posted: Thu Apr 10, 2014 11:21 am
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    Image Title: sand
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    Posted: Sat Apr 05, 2014 8:24 am
    Views: 213
    Rating: 9
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    Image Title: Autumn song
    Poster: nirlep
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    Posted: Thu Apr 03, 2014 4:00 pm
    Views: 229
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    Image Title: Twins
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    Posted: Tue Apr 01, 2014 3:44 pm
    Views: 188
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    Image Title: the new and the old
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    Posted: Thu Mar 06, 2014 5:10 pm
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    Image Title: Bamboo forest
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    Posted: Wed Mar 05, 2014 12:05 pm
    Views: 141
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    Image Title: Rhododendrons and Kahangchendzonga
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    Posted: Mon Mar 03, 2014 11:37 am
    Views: 158
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    har-ki-dun
    Digressing a bit from wilderness..
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    Posted: Mon Feb 17, 2014 3:17 pm
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    Posted: Wed Jan 15, 2014 8:52 am
    Views: 143
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    Image Title: Nature as nature
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    Posted: Tue Dec 17, 2013 9:17 am
    Views: 180
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    Image Title: Thank god for windows
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    Posted: Fri Nov 22, 2013 4:55 pm
    Views: 333
    Rating: 10
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    continuing...wild spaces on the margins
    continuing with wild spaces
    Part due to deeply felt need part inspiration from RDs profound series "Art of clutter" I've been trying to explore whatever is left of wild spaces.

    Image Title: wild spaces
    Poster: nirlep
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    Posted: Thu Nov 21, 2013 8:17 am
    Views: 245
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    Posted: Wed Nov 06, 2013 2:36 pm
    Views: 225
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    Posted: Thu Oct 31, 2013 12:22 pm
    Views: 320
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    Image Title: Starlings; the last I saw of them
    Poster: nirlep
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    Posted: Sat Aug 10, 2013 10:38 pm
    Views: 113
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    Wild grass



    Image Title: lightness
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    Posted: Fri Aug 09, 2013 9:31 am
    Views: 135
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    Image Title: Idyllic
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    Posted: Mon Aug 05, 2013 4:18 pm
    Views: 315
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    Image Title: Starlings
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    Posted: Fri Aug 02, 2013 9:51 pm
    Views: 148
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    Image Title: Starlings and a tree
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    Posted: Mon Jul 29, 2013 11:48 am
    Views: 406
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    Image Title: Starlings
    Poster: nirlep
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    Posted: Sun Jul 28, 2013 9:19 am
    Views: 189
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    Image Title: Reminiscing winter
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    Posted: Sat Jul 27, 2013 11:12 am
    Views: 277
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    Image Title: Niagra falls
    Poster: nirlep
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    Posted: Thu Jul 25, 2013 4:39 pm
    Views: 265
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    Image Title: Crescent beach, Vancouver
    Poster: nirlep
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    Posted: Fri Jul 19, 2013 5:12 pm
    Views: 140
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    Tunnel mountain camp ground, Banff


    Image Title: On way to whistler
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    Posted: Thu Jul 18, 2013 9:51 am
    Views: 270
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    Image Title: Fire wood
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    Posted: Mon Jul 15, 2013 4:10 pm
    Views: 343
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    Image Title: nature's raiment
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    Posted: Thu Apr 25, 2013 5:34 pm
    Views: 213
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    Image Title: Two drongos
    Poster: nirlep
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    Posted: Fri Mar 29, 2013 6:10 pm
    Views: 143
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    wheat stalks
    This is the second image in the stained glass series.

    Nothing stands out. Things merge in like shadows.
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    Poster: nirlep
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    Posted: Mon Mar 25, 2013 5:06 pm
    Views: 142
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    Image Title: Floral
    Poster: nirlep
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    Posted: Sun Mar 24, 2013 1:44 pm
    Views: 185
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    Image Title: stained glass
    Poster: nirlep
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    Posted: Sat Mar 23, 2013 9:09 am
    Views: 346
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    Image Title: Bharatpur emblem
    Poster: nirlep
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    Posted: Mon Mar 18, 2013 5:56 pm
    Views: 151
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    Birds' eye view if you may call it
    Pine needles on the road to Sankri, Uttarakhand.
    Image Title: Antelope trails
    Poster: nirlep
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    Posted: Fri Mar 15, 2013 11:59 am
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    Image Title: Bharatpur from the sidelines
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    Posted: Thu Mar 14, 2013 11:08 am
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    Image Title: Simply Bharatpur
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    Posted: Mon Mar 11, 2013 6:08 pm
    Views: 131
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    Image Title: Journey
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    Posted: Fri Mar 08, 2013 8:40 am
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    With just a 17-40 at Bharatpur one feels stranded sometimes. I let a sigh escape though this window.
    Just borrowed Nirvair's title in a new setting :)

    Image Title: bharatpur from the sidelines
    Poster: nirlep
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    Posted: Tue Mar 05, 2013 4:42 pm
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    Image Title: Bharatpur; windows 2013
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    Posted: Sat Mar 02, 2013 5:18 pm
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    Image Title: Fields of Punjab
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    Posted: Mon Feb 25, 2013 10:05 pm
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    Image Title: At Bharatpur; a rookie and a rickshaw
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    Posted: Sat Feb 23, 2013 11:23 am
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    Back to reeds, my favorite in october
    Last words in colour
    A small pause in October series..
an afternoon gust brought it all together..with deep poignance I paid my tribute..
    Image Title: Punjab in october; tubewell
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    Posted: Fri Oct 26, 2012 12:18 pm
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    Image Title: October in Punjab
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    Posted: Fri Oct 19, 2012 5:04 pm
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    Image Title: Here we meet
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    Posted: Thu Oct 18, 2012 5:08 pm
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    Image Title: Here we meet
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    Posted: Wed Oct 17, 2012 5:26 pm
    Views: 822
    Rating: 8.33
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    Sunrise over fields of punjab. Out of focus parthenium weed provides the foreground texture.
    These were grace personified
    Fiery daybreak leaves everything to imagination..

    Image Title: October in Punjab; sunrise
    Poster: nirlep
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    Posted: Tue Oct 16, 2012 5:21 pm
    Views: 287
    Rating: 6
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    Image Title: Punjab in october; reeds
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    Posted: Mon Oct 15, 2012 4:39 pm
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    Image Title: Punjab in october, daybreak
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    Posted: Thu Oct 11, 2012 3:01 pm
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    Image Title: Punjab in october
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    Posted: Mon Oct 08, 2012 8:47 am
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    carrying on with Reeds..this is early morning ..
    Did some work on nature in Punjab existing on thin margins around canals and fields. The vegetation in the picture is typical of Punjab, mainly shrubs and reeds interspersed with trees at places.

    Continuing with aesthetic boundary..inclusive framing..framing partially what would've been ignored..
    Image Title: Punjab in october; reeds
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    Posted: Sat Oct 06, 2012 5:05 pm
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    Image Title: Punjab in october
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    Posted: Fri Oct 05, 2012 4:45 pm
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    Image Title: remembering winter
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    Posted: Sat Sep 15, 2012 4:55 pm
    Views: 164
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    Image Title: gate
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    Posted: Wed Sep 12, 2012 4:38 pm
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    It caught me off-guard. The frenzy to capture moved the moon :) I wanted to douse the blue a bit but then decided to keep it..
    Continuing with aesthetic boundaries and their declaration in a manner which is not extractive but inclusive, here's another attempt.
    Last year I had posted an article "an absurdity called a photograph" wherein I tried discussing  aesthetic boundary of an image. Adithya biloor had a querry about the a paragraph " A photograph has no edges. The excluded always follows it as an estranged absence. The process of framing a picture only closes its aesthetics boundary but visual borders are open for interpretation and travel. (It will be interesting to see photograph framed in a manner not declaring its aesthetic boundaries)."
[b]Can you please elaborate "aesthetics boundaries"?"[/b]
I'll briefly try and answer Adithya's question;
usually there are two stages of boundary selection before framing or presenting an image. First one happens at the time of clicking when select some part and leave out some. Second one happens on the drawing board/ps when we cut or crop to present only what's visually important. This is an ordinary picture taken at Sach pass. I have tried to include what I would have excluded by way of cropping, in a way an attempt has been made to declare aesthetic boundary less explicitly. This is the first one. many variations to this are possible. In future posts I'll try getting to terms with more posers on the subject.
    First monsoon showers brighten up the evening sky
    Image Title: At dusk a feather falls
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    Posted: Fri Sep 07, 2012 3:45 pm
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    Image Title: Inclusive triptych
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    Posted: Thu Jul 19, 2012 12:02 pm
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    Image Title: aesthetic boundary
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    Posted: Tue Jul 17, 2012 4:46 pm
    Views: 270
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    Image Title: puddles
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    Posted: Tue Jul 10, 2012 10:04 am
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    Autumn is beautiful. Everything goes quiet. Little things huddle together. A song rises.

    This was shot from Borasu pass base camp. Textures on glacier and forms carved by weathering was what caught my attention.
    Saw this bunch as a rebel. Decided a rebel frame to celebrate rebellion.
    Image Title: swan song
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    Posted: Sat Jul 07, 2012 4:46 pm
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    Image Title: what we do.
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    Posted: Fri Jul 06, 2012 4:18 pm
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    Image Title: Views from Borasu pass
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    Posted: Fri Mar 02, 2012 4:57 pm
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    Image Title: rebel
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    Posted: Thu Nov 24, 2011 10:16 pm
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    This shot in its cropped form is meant to suggest a habitat inhabits birds as much as birds inhabit a habitat.
This is my first bird shot. So I pray to the masters to overlook shortcomings.

    on way to leh
    Image Title: reeds
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    Posted: Tue Nov 22, 2011 7:51 pm
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    Rating: 9
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    Image Title: cohabit
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    Posted: Thu Nov 17, 2011 11:38 pm
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    Image Title: leaves in flight
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    Posted: Mon Nov 14, 2011 10:53 pm
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    Image Title: pang
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    Posted: Wed Nov 09, 2011 9:15 pm
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    at Rishi valley school

    This tree stood in a field with lot of competing elements such as a tractor, fence and some implements. It looked kind of flat till I placed the camera on top of my car. And lo....oof car roof became fog and hid everything that bothered me. So next time you want to generate fog just place your camera on your car top and enjoy :)

    Image Title: tamarind leaves
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    Posted: Tue Nov 08, 2011 9:10 am
    Views: 1339
    Rating: 8.5
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    Image Title: reeds
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    Posted: Thu Nov 03, 2011 10:12 pm
    Views: 194
    Rating: 7
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    Image Title: tree in autumn and a bit of serendipity
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    Posted: Wed Nov 02, 2011 7:18 pm
    Views: 684
    Rating: 8
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    Image Title: constructing a tree
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    Posted: Tue Nov 01, 2011 11:00 pm
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    I actually tried simulating mobile vision. The way animals would appear to see when running through thickets. Or would it be a sharp one still?
    broken shoe wards off evil spirits ...and keeps them at bay...at least farmers of punjab believe so. But nature has different ideas....it kind of tries to dig heels here.
    Hi Ganesh this one's for you. No brick n mortar here ;)
    Image Title: squall
    Poster: nirlep
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    Posted: Mon Oct 31, 2011 8:51 pm
    Views: 194
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    Image Title: mobile vision
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    Posted: Sun Oct 30, 2011 6:10 pm
    Views: 156
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    Image Title: humour
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    Posted: Fri Oct 28, 2011 5:05 pm
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    Image Title: The course of sainj river
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    Posted: Sat Oct 22, 2011 5:45 pm
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    This image was made in Dhel, great himalayan national park. Clicked on elitechrome EC it gave interesting cloud and sky rendition at 1 stop under.
    silently this one came over from neighbour's house and surprised us on our return from a vacation..
    The reeds had a strange pull in that twilight hour.
    Image Title: wall of intrigue
    Poster: nirlep
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    Posted: Fri Oct 21, 2011 4:53 pm
    Views: 1027
    Rating: 8
    Comments: 7
    Image Title: Dhel
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    Posted: Wed Oct 19, 2011 11:49 am
    Views: 168
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    Image Title: they soften my concrete
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    Posted: Tue Oct 18, 2011 11:33 am
    Views: 203
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    Image Title: reeds
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    Posted: Fri Oct 14, 2011 8:04 pm
    Views: 263
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    It made me look back through the lense.
    Here's a juxtaposition of different lifelines..
    Nature in punjab exists on margins. Here's one typical snapshot from punjab.
    Nature to me is the fountainhead of all knowledge, wisdom, consciousness and art. Fine  mudras and hand movements of  classical dancers may also be borrowings from nature.
    Image Title: nature at my doorstep
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    Posted: Wed Oct 12, 2011 12:23 pm
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    Image Title: lifelines
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    Posted: Fri Oct 07, 2011 5:17 pm
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    Image Title: Nature and culture
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    Posted: Fri Jul 01, 2011 5:04 pm
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    Rating: 7.5
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    Image Title: Mudra
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    Posted: Wed Jun 29, 2011 4:05 pm
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    This is an old shot once again. The place is Chandar-tal in Lahaul valley of Himachal pradesh. The shot was taken very early in the morning to get the stillness of lake surface.
    This is from year 2000 file clicked with tri-x pan iso400 film while I was on my way to Pangong-tso in Ladakh.
    Tried to make a self-portrait intertwined with grass and jacaranda flowers on the road. To bring out the fluorescence of jacaranda flowers I pushed up the black clip in shadow highlighter to 10.

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    Posted: Tue Jun 28, 2011 12:20 pm
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    Image Title: On way to Chang-la
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    Posted: Wed Jun 22, 2011 3:53 pm
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    Image Title: intertwined
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    Posted: Sat Jun 18, 2011 4:47 pm
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    Image Title: adam and eve
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    Posted: Fri Jun 17, 2011 3:26 pm
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    Falling leaves have always had a very strong tug at me. They bring a feeling of tranquility, peace and rest.
    A peepal, jacaranda and a bird.
    This one was taken at singalila national park. One of my favorites..
    This concept shot was on my mind since a long long time. The marks on cement are three years old and everytime I passed them by something would stir inside of me. Finally I decided to make this image last sunday. All I  had to do was place the tripod and position my foot leaving the human foot mark which I did after about fifteen takes. I wish the human imprint was of a bare-foot but this is what was given. 
Your comments and critiques please.
    Image Title: autumn at my doorstep
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    Posted: Wed Jun 15, 2011 11:01 am
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    Image Title: A peepal, jacaranda and a bird
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    Posted: Thu Jan 20, 2011 8:53 am
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    Image Title: Theatre of life
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    Posted: Mon Jan 17, 2011 10:31 am
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    Rating: 7.5
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    Image Title: Evolution
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    Posted: Thu Jan 13, 2011 9:18 am
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    Tried to visualise a leaf through another leaf
    This one's taken at gorkhey, a small hamlet at the border of west bengal and sikkim. We were about to pack our bags and move on to the last leg of our trek to ribdi when this school girl passing through jungle caught my attention. A small presence livened up the scene for me. At times it looks spooky too. Your comments and critiques please.
    This one was made at Rohtang pass in himachal pradesh. The presence of the cloud was so overpowering that it dwarfed everything else. I tried to take it as I saw it. Your comments please.
    This is Singalila once again. Foggy, soggy and cold in october chill. This place made me beep with joy for the spirit it represented.
    Image Title: Nature's grid
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    Posted: Mon Jan 10, 2011 3:04 pm
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    Image Title: presences
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    Posted: Fri Dec 10, 2010 3:51 pm
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    Image Title: Rohtang pass
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    Posted: Wed Dec 08, 2010 4:24 pm
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    Image Title: An ode to the humble
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    Posted: Mon Dec 06, 2010 5:02 pm
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    wandered from a trail for this one.
    Abstraction is in the air and time's right for submission of this image which I made in monsoon. Flowing water had drawn this dead bird form. It seemed to rest peacefully over a sand column. There were some red drops of color which added to the drama. The shot was already made.
    I made this image taking cue from one of Nirvair's images posted on the forum sometime back. This is nangal in march. These trees (I don't know their nomenclature) shed zillions of tiny round wafer like seeds at the slightest hint of breeze. A full blooded gale made my mouth water with possibility of catching those zillions in mid air. Thankfully Nirvair was asleep otherwise he would've done the image before I could even pick up my gear.  :lol:
    In today's times a photographer has to be a visual archaeologist too. One has to dig himalayas out of the construction mania which is now spreading into higher reaches. This shot is one such pang of a shutter bug.
    Image Title: Diversions in a jungle
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    Posted: Sat Dec 04, 2010 4:14 pm
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    Image Title: death of a bird
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    Posted: Fri Dec 03, 2010 12:07 pm
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    Image Title: Autumn flights
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    Posted: Mon Nov 15, 2010 5:05 pm
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    Image Title: Himalayas being built over
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    Posted: Sat Nov 13, 2010 10:10 am
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    It happened in Pangi valley. This october. At a place near Cherry I was lying down on grass trying to photograph converging tree tops. I almost jumped out of my skin when I saw these clouds. The colors were like light dispersing through some oil slick. I asked my geographer friend to tell what kind of clouds were these. He too exclaimed 'are these mother of pearl clouds?." Since then i've looked up on the net. Mostly their sightings are in polar regions and that too during end of the day. but these were pictured at high noon ..I think 2PM. 
Are these really mother of pearl clouds?
I wish the available window through thick canopy was wee bit more. But that would be getting greedy ;)
    Hi folks!
Been away for a long long time and this login seems like homecoming.  I surely missed a Great deal of activity at CNP. Hope to catch up in days to come. Last month I got a chance to be among the birders assembled at Ramsar wetland at Hari-ke-pattan (the confluence of Satluj and Beas rivers) for the first ever Bird census. While the birders eclaimed at every new sighting I did my own thing. These boats were caught in hyacynth growth and looked desolate with water havin seeped in. Reflection of sunset colors in water came as a redeeming moment for me. I'm not sure of the boat though !
    While trekking from Neuli to Sakti in Sainj valley In GHNP we took a break at this place by the river bank. I really liked this  shoot winding down curved like a river course.
    This is the last one from the motion series. The blur on the moon is due to camera shake. I wish I had an IS lense. The contrast here is very tricky. It appears ok on my screen. Hope it does on others too. Thanks in advance for critiques and comments.
    Image Title: Mother of pearl clouds
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    Posted: Thu Nov 11, 2010 4:14 pm
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    Image Title: nowhere to go
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    Posted: Wed Mar 31, 2010 11:57 am
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    Image Title: The course of Sainj river
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    Posted: Fri Jul 17, 2009 3:44 pm
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    Image Title: The near and the far
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    Posted: Fri Jul 10, 2009 5:35 pm
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    My trek to Nada was a month too soon. The meadows were still asleep, the jungle had jaundiced limbs. Yet there was something about this jungle which sucked me in. It was eerie monotonal dusk and I could peep very deep into the woods. To get the deepest tree on my slide I over exposed three stops and then PSed brightness and contrast. I think I could get what I saw. Your views please.
    My new found enthusiasm for this new perspective turned me into an incorrigible voyeur and I swear this jungle fire didn't arouse the usual sentiment in me. It happened to be just another element in my aesthtik schema. The fire and the trees lined up along with it were located at a distance and looked still. The closer foliage of chambal forest went by streaking.
    This is where I got a flatter and deeper perspective ending up on a hilltop with a few trees on it. The train must be travelling at 100kmph approx. A slight reverse pan (moving camera backwards to keep up with trees) helped create a quieter tree line. Moving train automatically gave a busy foreground resulting in interesting juxtaposition. Comments and critiques please!
    This is second one in the series of shots clicked from train in an attempt to capture differential movements of near and far objects.
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    Posted: Mon Jun 08, 2009 3:36 pm
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    Image Title: (un) moving fires
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    Posted: Fri Apr 17, 2009 9:21 pm
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    Image Title: Graded motion
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    Posted: Thu Apr 16, 2009 8:20 pm
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    Image Title: Motion-II
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    Posted: Wed Apr 15, 2009 5:53 pm
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    Objects seem to race back from a moving train. But they race back differently depending upon their distance from the train. The farther ones look stiller and amenable to focus while the near ones just rush by leaving a flurry of lines on the foreground. I tried some of these from a train. Here's the first one.
    Dissolution of life into its organic roots is a very strange phenomenon. It's almost mystical. In Singalila country this was one such sight where a leaf was slowly ageing and dissolving.
    Well moving on from GHNP to Borasu pass. After descending borasu there was this unique sight of flowers and stones co-existing. The sun was harsh and these flowers seemed to reach out to stone, assuaging, as if.
    This is yet another one from the same locale as the last image. At high noon glistening rhododendron leaves made the valley very ornate compelling me to click.
    Image Title: motion
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    Posted: Tue Apr 14, 2009 3:17 pm
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    Image Title: Dissolution
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    Posted: Tue Feb 24, 2009 4:51 pm
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    Image Title: reaching out
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    Posted: Sat Feb 21, 2009 8:55 am
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    Image Title: high noon is the worst time to photograph-II
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    Posted: Tue Feb 17, 2009 11:22 am
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    It was one of those days at Dhel in GHNP. The sun was high and fiery. All expanse looked shrunk. Trees wore dark habits. Autumn gold of grass looked jaundiced. Nothing in the rule book said click. But I did coz' it was different.
    Close to where I live is this place with steep crags, a leftover from the days of building of bhakhra dam when the earth was bitten into by earth movers and diggers to quarry stone. The ambience here is very sombre and austere. This stone with human face albeit with a droop suddenly lit up the place for me.
    Nada in april was enigmatic. Most of the snow having gone nature was waking up slowly. This stone was a stone with lil snow on top. Come noon and it changed attire. The small depression now had water over which an occassional bird would wet its beak. A closer look revealed something more.
    This was my first day Nada in GHNP. A very clear april day. The place had just come out of winter. Spring was in the air but not yet seen on branches or grass. Shadows of this  cluster of trees bereft of any cover was an interesting start to an exciting stay.
    Image Title: high noon is the worst time to photograph
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    Posted: Sat Feb 14, 2009 4:46 pm
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    Image Title: stones have faces
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    Posted: Fri Feb 13, 2009 12:11 pm
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    Image Title: metamorphosis
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    Posted: Sat Dec 06, 2008 12:22 pm
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    Image Title: shadows
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    Posted: Fri Nov 21, 2008 4:58 pm
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    This is Nada in Tirthan valley. I stayed here for two days in the year 2005. After I had clicked everything that I thought I had to, this window framing the jungle gave me second thoughts.
    The place is Pana on Kuari pass trek. The year 2001. We were staying in this village after a gruelling descent. Our beautiful hostess would comb her hair looking into this mirror. I was just curious to look into it and when I did I had no doubts what kept her so young!
    The place is again tumling in singalila national park. I had fixed my tripod to take last light on Khangchendzonga. Just when I was to press cable release my porter Shiring Sherpa came calling. I saw his blurred outline in the frame and told him to freeze. For 5 seconds. I think his face brought character to an otherwise would've-been-a-bland-shot.
    The place is called Tumling. It is situated in Singalila national park. I was packing off for trek to Kalipokhri when this bowl caught my attention. Our host Tilak had removed it from dining table to make space for serving breakfast to our group. The blue and yellow of bowl harmonised well with nature's bedspread outside the window. The feeling repose in the composition was what I clicked it for. Hop'e I've succeeded.
    Image Title: window with a view
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    Posted: Thu Nov 20, 2008 12:21 pm
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    Image Title: Preening
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    Posted: Mon Nov 17, 2008 10:59 am
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    Image Title: the face of khangchendzonga
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    Posted: Mon Oct 13, 2008 10:19 pm
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    Image Title: window with a view
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    Posted: Sat Oct 11, 2008 10:38 am
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    This is by far the gloomiest picture I've taken. A poignant reminder of "victory" that we're about to attain
    It was a field day for fog. Having to put up with endless gray was not what I had bargained for. Fog was around everything. My camera grew heavier each minute, tripod grew a a leg a minute. 
But I walked. 
Fog stalked. 
Patience paid. 
Near Jalori pass  fog lifted for an eternity long enough for sunlight to embrace tree waists and for me to to click.
Eternity can be a split second register!
    The image is again y2k vintage taken with color negative film iso-100.
Camera: Rebel-2000 with canon ef 28-80, f3.5-5.6
Location: Pangong-tso
    The photograph was taken in the year 2000 at Pang, on way to Leh. Film: Kodak Gold, color negative, Iso-200.
Camera: Canon Rebel-2000, lense Canon EF 80-200, f4.5 -5.6,
I think it was clicked at f11, 1/200 sec, 200mm
    Image Title: what kind of "V" this?
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    Posted: Sat Sep 13, 2008 3:11 pm
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    Image Title: light glove
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    Posted: Thu Sep 11, 2008 9:00 am
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    Rating: 6.57
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    Image Title: Tall prayer
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    Posted: Wed Sep 10, 2008 10:43 am
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    Image Title: Tranquility of labour
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    Posted: Tue Sep 09, 2008 9:06 am
    Views: 245
    Rating: 6
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