Indian Roadside Market

We have a second entry this week in Dutch goes the Photo!’s Tuesday Photo Challenge – Groceries.  It is a photo of a roadside market we drove by on the road from Mysore to Coorg in India this spring. We saw it two months before visiting the subject of our previous post, the Marché Bastille in Paris, France. This was one of dozens we passed on the way. The similarities and differences between the Indian and Parisian markets fascinated us.  Everyone gets their groceries somewhere.

 

The Ganges at Sunrise

This is our entry in nancy merrill photography’s A Photo a Week Challenge: Texture.

In November 2014, we visited the ancient city of Varanasi in the northern India state of Uttar Pradesh. We went out in a rowboat on the Ganges River early one morning to experience the sunrise, as Hindu pilgrims have done for centuries. We gazed east, while just to our west, the never-ending funeral pyres burned on the shore. The photo contrasts the texture of the worn paint on the boat with the smooth rippled surface of the water. The solid darkness of the water is broken by striations of sunlight reflected on the ripples created by the oar.

This photo was taken on November 19, 2014. Specs are:

Olympus TG-3, ISO 100, f/2.8, 1/160 sec, 4.5 mm.

Goat Herd at Badami

This is our entry in Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Animals.

In February of this year, we toured the sights of Badami in the Indian state of Karnataka.  Our hotel nearby featured a nice balcony for recovering from a day spent walking in the hot sun.  As we sat admiring the golden hour before sunset, we became aware of a goat herd, complete with two herders and a busy small black dog, making its way home for the night.

 

This photo was taken on February 16, 2019. Specs are:

Canon 100D, ISO 320, f/5.6, 1/160 sec, 87 mm.

 

 

Platform No. 1

This is our entry in Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: 1 Item or the Number One.

In February of this year we rode the Nilgiri Mountain Railway (NMR) toy train from Coonoor to Ooty in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. We boarded the train at the Coonoor Railway Station (ONR), which has two platforms where travelers queue to wait for their train.  Platforms are indicated by signs in two languages, one of which is English.  Our best guess for the second language is Sanskrit.

This photo was taken on February 5, 2019. Specs are:

Canon 100D, ISO 6400, f/9, 1/500 sec, 61 mm.

See You Soon

This is our entry in nancy merrill photography’s A Photo a Week Challenge: Endings.

In the fall of 2014, we visited Shimla in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, hoping to see the Himalayas without actually climbing them.  Instead, we were merely terrified passengers in the car that climbed to Shimla about 2200 meters above sea level.  (We had traveled from Amritsar to Shimla in one day, with the last three hours of the journey being  85 km of steep zig-zag road, thankfully arriving before pitch black night.)   The hotel for our three nights in Shimla was Wildflower Hall, the former residence of Lord Kitchener, commander-in-chief of the British Army in India (1902-1909).  On our last night there, we found this lovely sendoff on a small table in our room.

This photo was taken on October 28, 2014. Specs are:

Olympus TG-3, ISO 800, f/2.0, 1/25 sec, 4.5 mm

 

 

 

Coonoor Station Water Tower — Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Chutes and Ladders

This is our entry in Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Chutes and Ladders.

In February of this year we rode the Nilgiri Mountain Railway (NMR) toy train from Coonoor to Ooty in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu.  This railway is a meter gauge, or cog, railway, having a middle rail with a rack that allows a train to climb steep inclines.

Our tour company had arranged to get us tickets for the afternoon run, but a taxi drivers’ strike scheduled for that day threw our plans in disarray.   Our guide, who lives in Coonoor, worked his magic to get us tickets for the earlier train, but even then it was uncertain whether the train would run at all that day.

We arrived early to be sure of a seat, since two trains-worth of passengers could be expected to queue for the one train ride (if it happened at all).  We were early enough that the morning’s haze had not burned off yet, but swirled mistily a few feet above the ground.  Any object photographed even a short distance away was muted by this mist.  The water tower shown below finally rose above the mist that enveloped the shrubs below it, but the sky beyond was featureless.

This photo was taken on February 5, 2019. Specs are:

Canon 100D, ISO 320, f/9.0, 1/500 sec, 106 mm.

Architectural Harmony of the Mysore Maharaja Palace

This is our entry in Lens-Artists Challenge #44 – Harmony.

The Maharaja’s Palace, built in 1907, is a huge building in the Indo-Saracenic style of architecture in Mysore, India. It was the seat of the Wodeyar maharajas until the creation of the modern Indian state.  One fabulous but gaudy area of the palace is the Public Durbar (Audience) Hall. The repeated granite columns and stucco ceilings provide a stunning sense of harmony and near symmetry. It was built to impress and it does. As Mel Brooks said in History of the World, Part 1, “It’s good to be the king.”