Framed

I like the way a window’s frame lends mystery to an image: this is what you see, no more. The frame is a boundary beyond which lies the unknown, or at least the unseen. These are my entries for the Weekly Photo Challenge: Window.

Key window, Chinese Garden, Sydney.

Key window, Chinese Garden, Sydney.

One open shutter, Tordi Gar, India.

One open shutter, Tordi Gar, India.

Near Stratford on Avon.

Near Stratford on Avon.

Through a porthole, Galapagos Islands.

Through a porthole, Galapagos Islands.

Santa Catalina convent, Aerquipa, Peru.

Santa Catalina convent, Aerquipa, Peru.

A champagne winery near Reims, France.

A champagne winery near Reims, France.

Me watching the setting sun colour the Opera House, Sydney.

Me watching the setting sun colour the Opera House, Sydney.

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Travel Album: Kerala (India)

A few days in Kerala

Thanks again to Noel for inviting me to participate in Travel Photo Mondays. My photo blog has been up for only a few weeks, so I have no travel-related posts yet – but I certainly have no shortage of travel-related photos, and I’m always glad to share them! (Just ask my long-suffering family and friends.) Here are some images from a trip to Kochi (Cochin) and Kerala, India, in April this year.

Woman washing clothes in a stream, Kerala backwaters

Woman washing clothes in a stream,
Kerala backwaters

Man fishing from the bank, Kerala backwaters

Man fishing from the bank, Kerala backwaters

Inside a factory where they turn clam shells into powered lime (by hand), Kerala backwaters

Inside a factory where they turn clam shells into powered lime (by hand), Kerala backwaters

The window of a spice shop, Kochi

The window of a spice shop, Kochi

Men hauling in nets on a fishing vessel, Kochi

Men hauling in nets on a fishing vessel, Kochi

Goddess and oil lamps, Ginger House, Kochi

Goddess and oil lamps, Ginger House, Kochi

This poem is an installation left from the Kochi Muziris Biennale 2012, on a former warehouse in Kochi

This poem is an installation left from the Kochi Muziris Biennale 2012, on a former warehouse in Kochi

I arrived in Kochi by sea, on a tall ship called Lord Nelson. We had sailed from Durban in South Africa,
a voyage of seven weeks through both storm and calm. As we passed this building,
I was moved by the sentiments of journey, loss and separation expressed in these few words.
Chinese fishing nets, Kochi

Chinese fishing nets, Kochi

The waterway from the Laccadive Sea into Vembanad Lake,
around which Kochi clusters, is lined with these Chinese fishing nets, simple yet ingenious.
A net is lowered into the water and lifted again by a series of weights and levers.
Chinese fishing nets, Kochi

Chinese fishing nets, Kochi

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A Word a Week Challenge – Bisect

Bisect: to split something into two parts.

Take part in this week’s challenge here.

Palm trees and beach huts (Goa).

Palm trees and beach huts (Goa, India).

A gum tree bisected (Murray River, Australia).

A gum tree bisected (Murray River, Australia).

The pool is bisected by a line of fountains (Taj Mahal, India).

The pool is bisected by a line of fountains
(Taj Mahal, India).

A path bisects a field (near Guildford, England).

A path bisects a field (near Guildford, England).

"Dark blue sea and light blue sky were split by a knife edge of horizon, with not a wisp of cloud to mar that straight  symmetry." (Ship to Shore)

“Dark blue sea and light blue sky were split by a knife edge of horizon, with not a wisp of cloud to mar that straight symmetry.” (Ship to Shore)

Me and Monet

Monet had his water lilies; I have my yellow Osteospermums. Like Claude Monet, I find myself coming back to the same subject in different lights. But that, I fear, is all I have in common with the great Impressionist painter!

osteopermums at sunrise

The plants are backlit by the rising sun, which gives the whole photo a warm orange-yellow glow.
The extreme zoom has blurred the gum tree in the background, adorned by ‘specular highlights’ that glitter like jewels on the leaves.

Another day, another photo of osteopermums at sunrise.

Another day, another photo of
osteospermums at sunrise.

Slightly later in the morning, and the golden glow is fading.

Slightly later in the morning,
and the golden glow is fading.

The flowers are their natural yellow in the clear sharp light of a winter afternoon.

The flowers are their natural yellow in the clear sharp light of a winter afternoon.

An extreme zoom in the afternoon, with just one or two flowers in focus against a cloudless sky.

An extreme zoom in the afternoon, with just one or two flowers in sharp focus against a cloudless sky.

Claude Monet deserves a look in, too: this is one of the Nymphae (water lily) panels at the Orangerie, Paris.

Claude Monet deserves a look in, too:
this is one of his Nymphaea (water lily) panels
at the Orangerie, Paris.

And just for a laugh, a photograph I took of water lilies in Goa, India -- also hanging in the Orangerie.

And just for a laugh, a photograph I took of water lilies in Goa, India
— also hanging in the Orangerie. 😉

From sunrise in the first photo, to sunset in this one.

From sunrise in the first photo, to sunset in this one.