The subject of this week’s photo challenge, “I’d Rather Be…“, suggests a sense of wanting to be in a different place doing something different. Yes, I would rather be be exploring the world like I was fortunate to be able to do last year – California, Nevada, Missouri, a bike ride in the Canadian Rockies, Ecuador (including the Galapagos), and finally India. But when I see a sunrise like this in front of my own home, I also realize that one does not necessarily have to wander far from home to experience the wonders of this world.
This week’s photo challenge proved to be somewhat thought provoking for me. I was not sure exactly how to approach it. In the simplest sense, one is almost always trying to take outdoor pictures that are noteworthy and perhaps “out of the world”. In another sense, one also tries to capture outdoor images with the camera that are unusual, and that may seem out of this world. But nothing is really out of this world in the real sense, is it? How often does one take pictures out of this world? Does this picture of the moon and Venus qualify? Looking through my archives, I realize that I have already posted a bunch of pictures in my blogs that could fit this theme – pictures of the skies and the earth that seem like they are not of this planet. Here is one that might not have appeared before. This was taken in the area of the Smoky Mountains. The planet is on fire in the morning light. The town of Gatlinburg lies below us.
All in all, it was tough figuring out what tack to take for this week’s challenge. In the end I decided to go with pictures that could be considered out of this world to some people, but may be more commonplace to others in their own circumstances. Here goes.
This is the fruit of Queen Anne’s Lace. This wild plant is quite widespread close to where we live, but I am pretty sure it would seem to be something out of this world for some of the natives.I wonder how many people have taken the time to notice something as simple as what is seen in the picture below. Even the simple things can seem out of this world once you open your eyes, and perhaps your imagination.And then there are things that could seem exotic to some of us but are not so unusual in other places. I have already forgotten which part of the world this flower is originally from.Would something like this, a mud pool, be considered out of this world? You can see them in New Zealand.From this perspective it might be difficult to recognize that the picture below is that of the face of a snapping turtle. Look at the eyes. Isn’t this out of this world? We actually came across this creature in the park not far from home.
Places in India, especially in the cities, tend to become very crowded during the daytime. We live in one such location in Chennai. You can see a few pictures illustrating the street scene in this older blog that I posted a while back. I used to go up to the terrace of our house and look down on the activity in the street. There were the pedestrians and the numerous two-wheelers – cycles, scooters and motorbikes, and then there were the heavier four-wheelers, be it the cars, the trucks, or the buses. It could be chaos as they all jockeyed to occupy the same space. I saw this person on a motorbike at one point at the corner of the street. There was something about his face that got my attention.Here is a second picture I am submitting for the weekly challenge. Because of the effort level involved, our group tended to get separated as we were climbing Vidhyagiri hill in Shravanabelagola in Karnataka. As illustrated in the picture below, we tended to get surrounded by other groups and sometimes become just another face in the crowd.
Today is the birthday of an old friend. We go back a long way, all the way back to elementary school. My friend is a remarkable person – full of joy, sweet, smart, kind, curious, adventurous, and always helpful. He is one terrific guy. I went on a bike ride with him this summer in the Rockies in Canada. Here are some pictures from the ride that capture his spirit, including his sometimes playful, dare I say, cheeky nature.
At the start of the ride.At the Goats and Glaciers viewpoint.The lovely couple.Do not know what happened here!Supporting a fellow rider up a challenging slope.He is his own man,but I am not sure what he is doing here.They both have one foot in the Banff National Park and the other in the Jasper National Park.The explorer on Parker Ridgeprobably looking at Saskatchewan Glacier (not in the picture) in the distance.He gives a friendly wave as we head out to our stop for the evening at The Crossing Resort.He was the first to venture into the glacier fed waters of Waterfowl lake. It was cold!Here he is returning from an exploration in the vicinity of Bow Summit.The friendly wave. Happy birthday and happy trails, my friend!