Monsoons or the rainy season is a much awaited season in India. Not only do we wait for the rains to rescue us from the blistering heat but also provide life giving water.
For this week’s Photo Challenge: Elemental, I have attempted to capture the many hues of the rainy season.
But first the promised view of the lush green fields from the train 😉
One tiny single room house in the midst of nowhere – quite a reversal from the cities!
On the way back by car we were caught in a torrential blinding downpour. I thought it was the perfect way to capture the rain 😀
Another way of capturing rain is by focusing on puddles – can you make out how heavily it was raining?
As the rain gathered intensity, some sought shelter…
While the more adventurous ones, reveled in the rains…
But unlike the birds, these three didn’t have any choice and hence they bore it stoically and came out squeaky clean 😀
After the rains – clean fresh and sparkling! Yet the monsoons which bring relief from the sweltering heat and also wrecks havoc in many parts of the country.
The flower pots are a good indicator aren’t they? And this was just after two hours of rain. Thankfully the rain eased and the water receded. I wonder what would have happened if the rains hadn’t stopped…
Thank you for stopping by 😉
Cee’s latest black and white challenge is about any new photos that we may have clicked. Recently I traveled by train, through acres of lush green fields outlined by tall trees under overcast grey skies. And in the midst of such life, such greenery here and there stood bare trees holding out her naked branches in defiance of season, time and public glare. I am unfailingly captivated and enchanted by their unspoken yet deafening declaration of supreme confidence that reaches out to me from so far away. I missed capturing those beauties but here are a few glimpses of the journey through a rain splattered window.
Vast green fields that stretch on and on with a handful of people working them. And we complain of rising prices…
When I was little, I remember feeling a sense of pride and achievement at level crossings. So many people were waiting for me! 😀 Now I can feel their restlessness, their impatience.
As a child, I used to think of these as effigies of the demon king Ravan and his cronies waiting to be burned down. Now I know that our worlds will come crashing down if these were to go up in smoke 😀
Nature has found her own way of dealing with these ‘demons’ that mar her beauty. Don’t beat them, use them 😉
A thoughtful make-shift shed at an obscure railway station. One even had a tree growing through it. Or (more likely) the shed built around it 😀
Just some random white flowers from another journey on my two feet.
Have a super weekend 🙂
News Flash: I came back to add a photo of another journey of another kind
Thank you for your company on this amazing journey 🙂
Life has been very hectic and it’s been a while since I participated in Cee’s photo challenges. I have been keeping track but then I kept getting sidetracked. This time, even though I am late, I simply had to break the jinx. Here I am with a few BW photographs of paths and trails. It has also been ages since I did quotes – hope you like 🙂
“All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.” Martin Buber
“The best journey of life that you can take is inside yourself to discover your new thoughts, new ideas, and new hopes.” Debashish Mridha
“Having had enough of the lure of straight paths, this I have begun this journey with the determination to lose my way.” I dared to translate the first two lines of one of Guru Rabindranath Tagore’s songs – poth harabo bolei ebar pothe nemechi…
“Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal” – Henry Ford
“Always listen to experts. They’ll tell you what can’t be done, and why. Then do it.” ― Robert A. Heinlein,
“We are kept from our goal, not by obstacles, but by a clear path to a lesser goal.” Bhagwad Gita
“If you are facing in the right direction, all you need to do is keep on walking” – Buddhist saying.
This stolid and probably ancient tree reminds me of a doting grandparent. Can’t you just hear the fresh green ‘uns demanding another story? welcoming their eagerness, she lets them clamber all over her and if a few friends join in – no problem! There’s lots of space and love to go around 😀
Linked to Becca’s Sunday Trees – 299
Hola friends, it’s been a while since I participated in Cee’s Oddball Photo Challenge but worry not, I have been hard at work all this while 😉
Hope you like them as much as I do.
Cock-a-doodle-do! Now that you are wide awake, let’s see what else is in my kitty.
A designer rug – err oops a designer kitty 😀
These two were having an important family discussion about their daughter’s upcoming wedding arrangements when my friend
Svkuki Rekha (apologies to both – I plead old age) snapped them.
Moving on to bigger things, a huge bronze statue of Lord Shiva’s Nandi the Bull in eternal repose. I am not quite sure about the other one but it appears to have Greek overtones. What do you think?
Such a cute owl – loved the toes and the bow. Lovely color combination too! What say you?
That’s me signing off for the day 😛
So which one is your favorite?
Do let me know – thanks for visiting and have a super day 🙂
For readers of Moonshine, here's Chapter 157
All day long
I wait for
darkness to fall,
for them to slip into
the folds of my sleeves
and doze off.
For Becca’s Sunday Trees – 296
Yohoo I am back with my photo features – touch wood! Yep that’s the theme for this week’s BW challenge hosted by Cee. Okay fine – Things made with Wood. So come join me on my hunt for woody stuff 😀
A makeshift ladder for monkeys – can you spot them?
and bears. I would’ve loved to see it climb up 😀 I wonder what that barrel is for? Vat 69 perhaps 😉
Moving on, we come to boats. Not any ordinary boat but ones used by Vikings on their quest to fulfill their adventurous spirits 😀
They used these tools to aid them in their boat building tasks.
Boats carry people over water while this carries people over land. Mostly rich people or brides – the first time she goes to her new home in a palki, veiled and decorated.
Next we have two painted wooden tortoises. The black one is my favorite – which one is yours?
A hanging owl with its unblinking gaze trained right at you 😀
Another owl with fine craftsmanship – yep my favorite. Yours?