It is a good time to find a quiet space for the mind before the hustle and bustle of the busy day.The morning call of the awakening birds greets me as I head for the terrace of the house. Sunrises in Chennai are a different experience from those that I am used to in my part of the world. The tones are different, and the colors are more muted. The explosion of light and color that I am used to experiencing as the sun clears the horizon seems to be missing. But it is a remarkable experience nonetheless.It is too bad that most of us are indoors, either asleep, or preoccupied with getting ready for the hassles of the day, when this phenomenon takes place. I can see myself on a beach or on a mountaintop just soaking it all in. The glory of a sunrise provides a good moment for meditation and contemplation of bigger things, and this is true regardless of where you are in the world.
We have some spectacular sunrises and sunsets in our neighborhood when the conditions are right. The sunrise events happen right outside our front door, and the timing is good for pictures this time of the year. All I have to do is grab the camera and open the front door, or go to an upstairs window. This was just a few days ago.I can capture a decent sunset from the back of the house, but the view is partially blocked by the houses behind ours. Capturing it in its full form requires me to go to another part of the neighborhood. This is exactly what I did last Sunday.
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.
Submitted for the Weekly Photo Challenge.Thinking of folks down south as they await the arrival of the storm.
These pictures were taken soon after sunrise at Black Hill park. Unfortunately it became more cloudy as time progressed, as seen in the following pictures.Here is another perspective of the shining waters.Other submissions for this week’s theme here.
This is a wide open topic since almost everything that we experience that is noteworthy is related to transitions, whether it be those that are in nature or in the environment around us, or whether it be those that we experience in our own lives. Transitions can be abrupt or they can be gradual. Sometimes they are of a subtle nature and not obvious until it has happened.
But I also cannot help thinking that almost everything that most of us already tend to talk about in our blogs tends to be about changes and transitions! So, I was not too successful in trying to find my own unique take on this subject. But I thought I would present something anyway.
The first picture is of a sunrise over the water. You can barely make out the transition from land to water. There are more transitions underway in this picture.
This second picture is also of a sunrise, but is taken from inside an aircraft, over the wing of the aircraft. Besides the transition from night into day, there is the transition between the aircraft and the sky and then the transitions between the land and the sky and the different layers of color in the sky.
The third picture shows an abrupt transition of clouds in the sky. This picture was taken near sunset. There is no subtlety in the nature of this transition in the big picture.
I made an argument in an early blog that while some changes (or transitions) seem to be abrupt (or digital), life is truly experienced in a gradual (or analog) manner. I wonder if there are any folks who will agree with me.
See other submissions in this theme at this site.