Q – Quietude!

A to Z Challenge – Nature and I

I love the feeling when the mind wanders and rests at the same time – Pragalbha Doshi

Being immersed in nature, away from people, work and gadgets, is the best gift one can give to self. Reflective solitude in the lap of nature is absolutely therapeutic. Tuning into the flow of nature, being mindful of the present, heeding a listening ear to the little sounds around, can be a profoundly gratifying experience.

In an age of speed, I began to think, nothing could be more invigorating than going slow. In an age of distraction, nothing can be more luxurious than paying attention. And in the age of constant movement, nothing is more urgent than sitting still. – Pico Iyer

For today’s challenge, I am sharing a few pics from my archives where I love to spend time in quietude!

silent dialogues

visceral epiphany

natural recharge

A perfect place to spend time in reflective solitude!
Watching the clouds drift by!
Observing the buzzing bees at work on the beautiful bloom.
Gazing at the slothful blue!
Relaxing under the green parasol
Freezing conversations at the peak!
Listening to their fishy tales:)
Twilight tidings!
Bidding the sun adieu for the day
Admiring its bewitching smile

You can read my earlier posts from the challenge here.

Photography – Orange

You paint the horizon with your benign warmth,

 fill in a burst of sunshine, to delight the tropical hues,

mandarin, marmalade, peach or tangerine,

you reflect a perfect glow across the color spectrum.

Jude’s photo challenge : Orange

Photography – Seen Better Days!

Lens Artist photo challenge # 168

This week’s host Tina invites you in exploring places and things that have seen better days!

Vagaries of time

tale of withering beauty

skeletal whispers

Back then, I am sure this typewriter typed at lightning speed, bringing out emotions on paper!

What a beauty she must have been in her hey days!

The green elixir today dies a slow death at the hands of man!
Ah, it must have dressed many a beautiful ladies back in time!
The primeval soul of the ruins, today holds many a secret within them!

Photography – Shades & Shadows

This week Ann Christine has invited us to share pictures of shades and shadows for the Lens Artist Photo Challenge # 152.

I am presenting a snapshot of pictures from Jaipur and Udaipur, two famous cities of Rajasthan, India!

A peek into the play between the Sun, shade and shadows which make an interesting story.

Folk singers delighting the crowd with their soulful singing!

A shot at my silhouette πŸ™‚

At a local fair in Udaipur!

Dormant canon gun….Thank goodness, I don’t fire anymore πŸ˜‰

Play of the sun and shadows on the old door!

Dan

Grace and rhythm in perfect sync!

Candid Conversations πŸ™‚

The Sphinx’s Lament…

Since time immemorial, my abode was

teeming with people from across the world.

Intrigued by the myths that shroud me,

photographers, writers and tourists

thronged to experience my mystic aura.

The gales filled me with the echoes of

 chatter and clicks of the shutterbugs.

Always, the center of attraction,

there was  never a dull moment in my life.

Life across the globe changed drastically,

 the gloom of the pandemic, cast an ominous shadow.

Today, the gales sing a melancholic tune

bringing in silent grains of sand.

I am deserted, in this vast desert,

lonely and desolate, scanning the roads,

trying to hear voices, in the eerie stillness of time.

Sadje’s : WDYS #80

V. J’s weekly challenge : Roads

Photography – Focusing on the Details!

Lens Artist Photo Challenge #146

This week, Patti invited us to post photos of the details from one subject ( a person, place or object) or many subjects!

My theme for the above is pictures from my kitchen escapades!!

Experimental escapades bring out a melange of flavours

some are a sensory delight, while others disappoint.

Sizzling pans, crackling spices, the whir of the blender

orchestrate a palate, to tingle the taste buds

focusing on the details, is a tested recipe for a gastronomical feast!

Some of these pictures are clicked by my daughter.

Choco chip cookies
Healthy veggie salad
Strawberry, Mango and Chocolate truffles
Brownie
Summer Delight
Savory muffins

Photography – Geometry!

Len’s Artists Photo Challenge # 141: Geometry

A journey of lines

embrace and meld into shapes

artistic marvels

An eye catching structure in Ferrari World, Abu Dhabi
Another marvel in Autostadt, Germany
Seemingly boring railway tracks, yet train journeys create some beautiful memories!
Dizzying heights, cable car, looking over the Himalayas, Auli, India
Fastest finger first, my son’s favorite pastime!
Architectural brilliance, Shiekh Zayed Mosque, Abu Dhabi
Mosaic Beauty@Sheikh Zayed Mosque

Photography – S!

For this week’s Lens Artists Photo Challenge #136, Patti has invited us to post pictures of subjects starting with S!

So here we go with a symphony of snaps from my archive πŸ™‚

Sunset at the southernmost tip of India – Kanyakumari
She sells sea shells by the sea shore πŸ™‚
Snow clad mountains – a mix of salt and pepper look!
Shadows by the sandy shore
Marvels in structures of stone!
Pretty Stairway!

Sketching on a relaxing day!
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