Award: A Present For Your Blog

A Present For Your Blog

ARIPI DE FLUTURE has awarded me "A Present For Your Blog" :) What a cool present, isn't it? She's just amazing at photography. Check her blog out.

I am passing the present on to the great blogs mentioned in the table below. I didn't know that I know so many great people! Check them out randomly if you don't have time to check all of them :) The list is sorted by blog name.

Blog NameAuthor
- A TRAVES DE MI LENTE -Carina Felice
2050 A JourneyJeevan
A Certain Kind of WomanDevika Jyothi
A Little Of This And ThatGramma Ann
a piece of nature at homeJM
A Wandering MindAnu
A&T BIRDINGThe Abbot
Abbey Of AstoendThe Abbot
abirritante fotográficoFerreira-Pinto
Abstract DeductionsDevika Jyothi
amatamari©amatamari©
AMAZINGBabli
Anca PhotographyAnca Erdei
Ann's Photo BlogGramma Ann
Ann's Quotes and ThingsGramma Ann
Around the world- Megha ChhatbarMegha Chhatbar
Art on Sketchbook - by Megha ChhatbarMegha Chhatbar
Art PropelledRobyn Gordon
Artesanatos da Nossa CasaNice Lima
Babzy Photos BlogBabzy
bAREeYEDsUNO'Dasor De
Beyond All MeasureBeyond All Measure
Birds2blogPete Woodruff
Blog de sarbatoriValy
Bonjour LuxembourgCezar and Léia
bophapursatbophapursat
boylerpfAlicia
Brincando de FotografarNice Lima
Butterflies and CandlesGramma Ann
Cedar Key (Florida) Daily PhotoJacob
Chandler A to ZThérèse
Chandler AddendumThérèse
colour lines:: flyingstars ::
Comfort SpiralCloudia
Creative ConfectionsJacob
Dagrun's photosDagrun
Daily haikujoo
Dakota RecipesMargaret Cloud
DANSONS SELON MTAMTA
Deepak M CDeepak Chhatbar
Desert ColorsDiane AZ
Dream ChymecindyDream Chymecindy
Dusty Lens - North Metro and BeyondDusty Lens
Evry Daily PhotoOlivier Perrin
Evry VideosOlivier Perrin
ExposemaximumDEEPAK ACHARYA
Florida FotosJacob
frozen momentsIndrani
gaelikaa - Out of Ireland, into Indiagaelikaa
gaelikaa's diarygaelikaa
Glennis's Blog page ................... Welcome.Glennis
Glennis's other blog.Glennis
Hart & SoulGinnie Hart
holdingmomentsholdingmoments
hooooodah thunk! . . . , agin?O'Dasor De
i ShareIndrani
In My Worldladyviral
India is a curious placeHobo
Janie & Steve's Utah TrailsJanie
Jeevan's WorldJeevan
KARELTJE en ikke !!!Anya
KHANA MASALABabli
langkawiGlennis
Let's go for a vacation - Saru and Vamsee's TravelsVamsee Modugula
Letters from UsedomAngela
LifeDeepak Chhatbar
Lord Moore of RaveninghamThe Abbot
lori times fiveLori ann
Mumbai dailymagiceye
my favoritescharmine.
My TravelogueBhushavali
Nature and The Earth- Megha ChhatbarMegha Chhatbar
Nikon SniperStephen Baird
Norsk NettfotoDagrun
Norsk Nettfoto TemaDagrun
Nutty GnomeNutty Gnome
Ocala (Florida) Daily PhotoJacob
O'Dasor De, LAMO'Dasor De
Oeiras and environs daily photoJM
Old DiggerMargaret Cloud
On a quirky quest with Lady FiLady Fi
OUR INDIAJeevan
Paree - Photos of the City of LightJacob
Photingsmagiceye
Photography ഫോട്ടോഗ്രാഫിPrasanth - പ്രശാന്ത്‌
Pixellicious PhotosKcalpesh Ajugia
Q's CornerQ
Recollections of a VagabondeVagabonde
Redefining Oblivion © ®Rakesh Vanamali
RoShooters Blog oficialAnca Erdei
Sarah Owens PhotographySarah
scraps of bread...!divsi
Serendipitous GardenProspero
somethingDeeperSomethingCheaperI am Alive
St Austell BaywatchThe Watcher
Stare at the starsRobert Weber
Tantra FlowerTantra Flower
the gypsy on words unspokenGYPSYWOMAN
the gypsy's travel journalGYPSYWOMAN
The Utah HiveRush
The Villages Daily PhotoJacob
The World in a NutshellMargaret Cloud
This is my blogThis Is My Blog - fishing guy
Thoughts from Meme's CornerLV
TRAVEL IT'S FUN.charmine.
Travel magicmagiceye
travellingJM
Trevor Richard MooreThe Abbot
Under The Blood Red SkyJanet
UNIQUE AND INTERESTINGBabli
Unseen RajasthanBharat Khatri
UPROADuproad
Urban storiesjoo
veredit - artIsabella Kramer
veredit - photographic - poemsIsabella Kramer
veredit- iertesIsabella Kramer
Walk the WildernessT and S
Welcome to Penniwig's Dearies and Elf-FriendsOlde Dame Penniwig
What is left of a whole new lifeLucille Horky
www.decoloveblog.comDaniela Valdez de la Torre

Have a suppppppperb day :)

Purandar Fort

This place holds many pages in history. Records date back more than 650 years with several rulers fighting for their holds over this 4500 feet altitude fort in the Western Ghats mountain range. A record even notes German prisoners in this fort when it was in the powers of the British.

I know these are not the best snaps from this majestic place, but these photos were taken way back when I didn't have an SLR. The many aspects of this fort WILL be covered by me whenever I get another chance to visit the giant again. Until then, here's the archive I have…

Way to Purandar
Way to Purandar

Gate to Purandar on halfway
Gate to Purandar on halfway

Statue of Murar Baji Prabhu on Purandar
Statue of Murar Baji Prabhu on Purandar

Now cactii rule the Purandar Fort
Now cacti rule the Purandar Fort

Balaji Temple Replica in Pune

Steeple of the replica of Tirumala temple of Lord Balaji

There used to be a small unknown town named Kapurhol in the district of Pune. One day, someone decided to build a replica of the very famous temple of Tirumala, of Lord Balaji. And, this was created. Now, the town is not so unknown. If you reach at 6 in the morning, this is worth a visit, believe me. All the other day times, evening times, etc. are not worth at all because hundreds of visitors gather messing up the pleasure of meeting the GOD. I have always believed that meeting the almighty should be private and personal. It's only then you can share your feelings with it and confess any errors you have done. I know this very clearly, so I reached there at about 6:30 in the morning. Was able to click these pictures at around 7 after discussing many things with the almighty :) No no, I don't need to go to temples to meet the most powerful; I feel it in every atom of the uncountable. But if I wouldn't have gone to this temple, how would have I shown its beauty to you?

The replica of Tirumala temple of Lord Balaji

Controlling Crowd

Yesterday, I made a new post that was from the memories from the past. One more thing, from not so past, was a post published by me — What a Wonderful Business! I opened the links and was again astonished by the business idea.

Life in India is very different than most of you visiting this blog from outside India. People are way mismanaged and indisciplined here in India. A simple example is that they don't stand in queues. All of them feel that they need to be attended first even if many are waiting already for a long time. The business mentioned in my post from the past, mentioned above, has tools to control the indiscipline… there are many crowd control products that help keep such people in queue. The names and terminologies may be different like stanchions, velvet rope, barricades, in this business, but all are for controlling crowd.

Direct TV

I remember those times when we didn't have satellite TV or what we call Direct TV, but used to have a cable guy with a common dish antenna with him.

Sitting and thinking this morning, I was lost so much in time that all the past memories were popping up, even the not important ones. One of those, not primarily, was about not having DirectTV. There was so much problem with the picture and sound quality when the cable guys used to give connections. There were so many faults at his end. There were so many amazing channels missing at that time, that were not even dreamt about in that era! Now with the Directv connections, I feel so comfortable.

But still there's a big lack of HD connections here in India. However I feel that the lack will be fulfilled very soon. Let's hope so.

I am just guessing, thinking that I'm about 90% correct in my guess, that most of you friends outside India are already enjoying HD TVs.

I would love to know any random and unusual remembrances from your past :)

Crafted Leaf

Roaming in the small forest reserves of Baneshwar, I found this beauty on the slopes of a small hill. Hope you like it :)

Crafted Leaf

Simple Diwali

Wish you a Simple Diwali

Wish you all a Very Happy Yet Simple Diwali.

Kade Varcha Ganpati [कडे वरचा गणपति]

8 Sided Steeple of Kade Varcha Ganpati कडे वरचा गणपति

The place I mentioned in my post named 2 Types of Bridges has a very beautiful temple of Lord Ganesh [the Elephant-Headed GOD]. From one of my trips in the past, here is a collection as a present to you all :) from the beautiful Kade Varcha Ganpati Temple located on the sea shore of Harne. The photographs are in sequence starting from the morning time in Harne to the evening back to Harne.

Harne Beach
Harne Beach

Harne Beach Island
Harne Beach Island

Tiny Crab of Harne Beach
Tiny Crab of Harne Beach

For crossing the small gulf at Harne
For crossing the small gulf at Harne

Fishing Boat at Harne
Fishing Boat at Harne

Boatman taking passengers to the other side, towards Kade Varcha Ganpati Temple
Boatman taking passengers to the other side, towards Kade Varcha Ganpati Temple

Boats and Passengers to Kade Varcha Ganapati
Boats and Passengers to Kade Varcha Ganapati

Boatman and his boat at Harne beach
Boatman and his boat at Harne beach

Sand of Harne beach island
Sand of Harne beach island

Dog at Harne beach island
Dog at Harne beach island

Areca Nut [सुपारी] trees at Harne beach
Areca Nut [सुपारी] trees at Harne beach

Steps to Kade Varcha Ganpati Temple
Steps to Kade Varcha Ganpati Temple

Areca Nut [सुपारी] and banana trees from the steps to Kade Varcha Ganpati Temple
Areca Nut [सुपारी] and banana trees from the steps to Kade Varcha Ganpati Temple

Construction information about Kade Varcha Ganpati Temple
Construction information about Kade Varcha Ganpati Temple in local language — Marathi [मराठी]

Dome of Kade Varcha Ganpati Temple
Dome of Kade Varcha Ganpati Temple

Statue of a mini elephant at Kade Varcha Ganpati Temple
Mini statue of an elephant at Kade Varcha Ganpati Temple

Kade Varcha Ganpati Temple Premises
Kade Varcha Ganpati Temple Premises

Kade Varcha Ganpati
Kade Varcha Ganpati [The Elephant-Headed GOD]

Pentabloom hibiscus in Kade Varcha Ganpati Temple premises
Pentabloom hibiscus in Kade Varcha Ganpati Temple premises

Sea View from Kade Varcha Ganpati Temple
Sea View from Kade Varcha Ganpati Temple

Shiv Ling at Kade Varcha Ganpati Temple
Shiv Ling at Kade Varcha Ganpati Temple

Harne Sea Face
Harne Sea Face

Fort at the Harne Sea Face
Fort at the Harne Sea Face

Elephant Statue [Decorated]

Statue of a decorated elephant

What is it saying? Perhaps it's saying to save its species, else in the future, we'll just see the statues like it.

Please don't encroach new lands; we are spoiling earth's efforts worth billions of years. Shame on me that I'm also a contributor indirectly.

I've mentioned in the past few posts that I'm working on a project that may have a great impact on saving the forests. I'm so eager to disclose it, but let it be a secret for a few more days, until it proves itself.

Thoseghar Waterfall

Let the photographs load; these are worth the wait.

In the beginning of August 2009, I went to Kas Plateau and Thoseghar Waterfall. I have already published posts on Kas Plateau [I had to visit Kas again in the mid of September 2009 to photograph the wild flowers]. It's time to showcase the beauty of the twin attraction — Thoseghar Waterfall.

I like vertically long photographs. One of the examples from the past is Moon and Sun in One Photograph — a vertical panorama. But which is the best subject for long vertical photography? There may be many, but in monsoon? You obviously guessed it right — waterfalls!

Thoseghar has many large and small waterfalls, but there are 4-5 main falls in the canyon. Facing towards the falls, the first photograph below shows the second waterfall from the left.

Note: None of the below pictures are panoramas. All are single shots.

Scroll slowly for a feast for eyes.
Thoseghar waterfall's right stream in the group of falls that has around 300 meters drop

I hope you liked it! The photo below is of the first waterfall from the left. There's a reason behind putting them in the reverse order as I have a good size-comparison photograph for the below one, which I want to end the post with.

Thoseghar waterfall's left stream that probably is the second voluminous in the group of falls

I guess your eyeballs are popping out now by excitement. All the falls are just huge in size. The best way to express their size is to have a comparison subject. In the photo above, do you see a leafless tree at the halt of the waterfall, in front of the the tiny lake? Below is a close-up of that tree. Now I know that you know how mighty the waterfall is!

Comparison of a tree with the size of the left waterfall of Thoseghar. The tree looks tiny compared to the waterfall.

I am sure you're drenched!

My Eat-out at Sinhagad

Serving Pitla Bhakri at Sinhagad

Needless to say Sinhagad is a majestic place [see these for example…
What's Beyond This?,
Lilies of Sinhagad,
Slow and Beautiful — Snail,
TV Tower on Sinhagad - Going Inside Clouds,
Kanda Bhaji from Sinhgadh].

But needful here to say that food at Sinhagad is just as good. Pitla Bhakri is what the villagers haved named the tastiest food available on the fort. Not just the tastiest, but one of the mostly available food too!

My eat out at Sinhagad was just tongue-blowing. Here are some snaps from there… Oh sorry, we Indians eat using our hands.

I'm ready to feast on Pitla Bhakri on Sinhagad
I'm ready to feast on Pitla Bhakri on Sinhagad

Me, eating and enjoying Pitla Bhakri
Me, eating and enjoying Pitla Bhakri. Just see my eyes expressing on behalf of my taste buds.

Me expressing how hot the red pepper paste covered chutney is
Me expressing how hot the red pepper paste covered chutney is

Me, offering the delicious Pitla Bhakri
Wanna try?

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