Monday, July 28, 2014

OUR WORLD TUESDAY

 Tomato plantatation in a valley in Shivalik hills.


 THIS IS MY FIRST ENTRY INTO THE EXCITING SPACE OF 'OUR WORLD TUESDAY'.





SHOT OF A VALLEY WITH ROWS OF TOMATO SAPLINGS,  FROM THE TOP FLOOR BALCONY OF A FRIEND'S FLAT IN VILLAGE BASAL IN SOLAN, H.P.

FRIENDS, THANKS FOR COMING HERE AND SUPPORTING MY EFFORT!

Friday, July 25, 2014

SATURDAY PHOTOHUNT





Wetness near the pines in the Shivalik hills







The theme for today is  'WET'.

 It was drizzling since morning. As soon as it stopped, I clicked this picture. A stream
 of water is coming through the spout via gutter from the roof.

Friend, thanks for coming here.

SKYWATCH FRIDAY


Sky shots from Shivalik hills

THE SKY CAPTURES OF THIS WEEK: IT HAD BEEN RAINING INTERMITTENTLY DURING THE WEEK. THE PICTURES REPRESENT THE MONSOON MOOD OF THE CLOUDS.
 





ALL THE PICTURES CLICKED FROM MY BALCONY AT DIFFERENT TIMES OF THE DAY.

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

THURSDAY CHALLENGE



 REFLECTIONS (Mirrors, Windows, Anything Shiny,...)





Thursday Challenge is a place for photographic fun and learning.

Part of a bedroom with a door leading to the small dining area as reflected in the bedroom mirror.
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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

BEFRIENDING MY BALCONY



Early morning shot. The sun is rising behind me.
B is for 'BALCONY'

Every post takes some long thoughtful moments in mind mapping for hitting upon an apt theme or word, which stirs the flow of creative juices. Many subjects vie for attention, intruding the mental space but soon exit because of not finding the vital stimulating trigger. I don’t know how this particular search zeroed on the friendly and concrete ‘B’ word ‘Balcony’.

I feel each word has a personality of its own. Words can be kindly and sometimes as sharp as a razor’s edge. They picture the varied and private emotions so subtly as to affect the reader deeply. They can transport you to the heights of joy or throw you into the abyss of despair.  We all know a few appreciative words from a loved one; can catapult your spirits on the wings of delicious happiness. Alternatively, the despairing words may ruin your day.

The word ‘Balcony’ real and solid prodded my imagination and brought forth deluge of cheer and joy. I envisioned that I could somehow stretch its semantic boundaries to delve into its practical munificence.

I happen to be spending a couple of summer months surrounded by the idyllic Shivalik hills. Our flat has a balcony that overlooks  a narrow valley with magnificent view of hills, covered with groves of ramrod pines. I watch them either swaying majestically to low breeze or swathed with gossamer thin mists on rainy days. It is 7 pm and I’m in the midst of penning this piece. Suddenly I notice the darkness descending imperceptibly. I rush out to my balcony as not to miss the nature’s wonder. The clouds are in the process of cloaking my balcony with a white cover of hazy presence. I feel like holding the mystery in my hands but within seconds, it passes by.

My ‘Balcony’, in fact, has become the getaway to a new world, which is suffused with nature’s purity beyond the frivolities of everyday chores. The state of blessedness and gratitude at such holistic scenes is no less than being on cloud nine.

I bask in its glorious sunshine on cold days and allow the soft breeze tease my hair and sneak into my body playfully on warm days.

My esteemed ‘Balcony’ keeps me company while I stroll alongside its iron railing with my morning cup of tea. I listen to the mesmerizing noises of rainwater gushing down the slopes or slightly deafening but pleasing buzz of myriad entities dwelling in the forest cover.

The rain-washed gleaming vegetation all around my balcony is a source of great inspiration on daily basis. It is small but it is a source of pleasure, which sweeps away all the blues.

 Now I realize why ‘small is beautiful.’ Small spaces, petite conveniences, terraces with flowerpots, balconies, and patios lend a peculiar charm to living, considerably enhancing the quality of life.

 Thanks for coming here!


 

Thursday, July 17, 2014

SKYWATCH FRIDAY


 Lucky to be part of this

During rainy season the palette of the sky changes dramatically at all times. It is a delight to capture the variations as they come along.




 A strong patch of dark clouds straining to stand the rising sun.



Evening template on a cloudy day after a rainy night.




Moving thin clouds on the top of the hills. All three shot from my balcony nestling in the lap of Shivalik hills.


Thanks for having a look at my amateurish efforts !

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

THURSDAY CHALLENGE






 This flower has an intricate structure. I got its sapling from outside my house and planted it in my backyard. The flower stands erect on its middle stem. Other flowers come on the side branches but they are small in size.It retains its freshness for more than a week.
 


Friends,  your views are welcome.