Camel Carts at Pushkar — Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Things People Drive

This is our entry in Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Things People Drive (ride, pilot or captain).

Camel carts are a popular ride at the Pushkar Camel Fair in Pushkar, Rajasthan, India. Here is a lineup of carts waiting for tourists who want to experience the stalls and other amusements at the fair from the relative safety of a jostling, tilting, thinly-padded dusty seat behind a surprisingly-docile steed.  The camel pulling our cart has posed for us, showing his best side.

This photo was taken on October 31, 2014. Specs are:

Olympus TG-3, ISO 100, f/5.0, 1/125 sec, 10.29 mm.

Cheeky Camel

This is our entry in The Daily Post Photo Challenge: Cheeky.

We met this cheeky camel in Kheenvsar in the Indian state of Rajasthan.  Perhaps the moon, two days from full, affected his demeanor.

This photo was taken on November 5, 2014. Specs are:

Olympus TG-3, ISO 100, f/5, 1/100 sec, 11 mm.

A Camel Driver at the Golden Hour

This is our entry in Dutch goes the Photo!’s Tuesday Photo Challenge – Hour.

We were at Manvar Camp (essentially a dude ranch) in Rajasthan, India, on an evening camel ride. After rocking back and forth and doing our best not to fall off, we stopped to rest and wait for the sunset. We saw our guide in an unguarded moment and managed to capture this image. It is one of our favorite images from that ride.

This photo was taken on November 10, 2014. Specs are:

Olympus TG-3. ISO 100, f/5, 1/60 sec, focal length 60mm (35 mm equivalent).

A Girl by the Roadside — Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Letter G – Needs to have the letter G (log, goggle, geometry, lodge)

This is our entry in Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Letter G – Needs to have the letter G (log, goggle, geometry, lodge).

We saw this girl in Kanodiya Purohit, Rajasthan, India while traveling to the nearby Manvar Camp (www.manvar.com). She was calmly carrying a heavy load on her head as we — and an English couple — were clinging for dear life to a wildly careening jeep which only occasionally used the rutted dirt roads and more often roared at full throttle across open fields and sand dunes toward the camp.

This photo was taken on November 10, 2014. Specs are:

Canon TG-3. ISO 100, f/5, 1/500 sec, focal length 60m (35 mm equivalent).

Evening Recitation over the Sri Guru Granth Sahib

This is our entry in The Daily Post Daily Prompt: Recite.

In October 2014, we were fortunate to visit the Sri Harmandir Sahib (Golden Temple) in Amritsar, Rajasthan, India, and to observe the evening recitation by the head priest of the Harimandir.  He sits here in front of the Sri Guru Granth Sahib (the most important scripture of Sikhism), which has been set on pillows covered by immaculate silks and brocades.

 

This photo was taken on October 24, 2014. Specs are:

Olympus TG-3, ISO 800, f/3.6, 1/15 sec, 11.01 mm

(With apologies for any inaccuracies in describing this important ritual.)

Climbing to Savitri Temple — Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Walking Paths and Trails

This is our entry in Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Walking Paths and Trails.

The Savitri Temple on the Ratnagiri hill in Pushkar, Rajasthan, India, is dedicated to the first wife of Lord Brahma. It was built in 1687, behind the Brahma Temple farther away at ground level.  It took us an hour in 2014 to climb this hill, with frequent stops for rest. The path begins and ends with concrete steps, but in between it is made of large rocks set roughly as steps. The steepest parts of the climb are inclined 45 degrees or more.

In 2016, a cable car between the Brahma Temple and Savitri Temple was opened to the public.  The views may be as spectacular, but not as well-earned as the trek to the top of the hill.

This photo was taken on November 3, 2014. It was converted to black and white with selective color (green tree branches) using Silver Efex Pro. Specs are:

Olympus TG-3, ISO 100, f/8.0, 1/160 sec, 4.5 mm

Windows of Hotel Khimsar Fort

This is our entry in Lost in Translation’s Black & White Sunday: Windows.

In November 2014, we were traveling in the Indian state of Rajasthan between Pushkar (site of the annual Camel Fair) to Phalodi (to observe Mademoiselle cranes), a distance of about 370 kilometers (230 miles).  To break up the trip, we stopped in Khimsar, where we had a jeep safari and stayed in the beautiful Hotel Khimsar Fort.  (For more on this story, you can read From Pushkar to Khimsar and A quick send-off from Khimsar.)

This photo was taken through a window in the restaurant (“dining hall”) of Hotel Khimsar Fort.  The image has been converted to black and white except for the stained glass windows visible through the ornate grill.

View from Hotel Khimsar Fort restaurant
View from Hotel Khimsar Fort restaurant

This photo was taken on November 5, 2014. Specs are:

Olympus TG-3, ISO 100, f/2.8, 1/1250 sec, 4.5 mm