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August 2015

Saluting our Sentinels…..

Lots of times, all of us post so many interesting and exciting things in our blogs, however, very few posts make ones heart swell with pride and give us goose bumps….

This video, of the Indian Armed Forces,  will make every Indian stand up and salute our Sentinels …

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Lepakshi–the drive

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Located about 120 kilometres north of Bangalore, Lepakshi is a sleepy village in Anathapur District of Andhra Pradesh.

Known for its famous Veerabadhra Temple, this town traces its origins to the Ramayana. Legend has it that, after the abduction of Sita by the Ravana, Jatayu, the vulture tries to stop Ravana, and gets badly injured in the process…

As the vulture lies dying, Ram arrives there, in his pursuit of Ravana. Seeing the stricken bird, Ram says “le pakshi” or ”rise bird” which later on became the name of the place as Lepakshi.

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It was a rainy afternoon and almost the entire journey was accompanied by heavy rain

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but there were also brief patches of glorious sunlight which made the roads and the flowers in the median come alive

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The route we took was on NH 4, and until the turnoff to the airport, the roads were crowded, but once past the first toll, it was a clear and free highway, with very few vehicles.

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There were a couple of places where there were some road works going on and we had to use a single road for traffic on both sides, but except for these minor glitches, the road was a drivers’ delight….

Once you reach the small village of Kodikonda, take a left here and keep travelling about 16 kilometres to Lepakshi…

Creepy fish

It was during a visit to one of Singapore’s underwater aquariums that I chanced upon this creepy fish….

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In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Creepy.”

Happy Independence Day

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Wishing all my blogger friends a very Happy Independence Day 2015

Wordless Wednesday 12.08.15

The Lazy Person’s Guide To Shooting Panoramic Photographs

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Not everyone wants to take the time to stitch panoramic photos. And panoramic cameras, while still available, are exceedingly rare. If you want to make panoramic photos without all the fuss – use your friend the crop tool or better yet – shoot super wide and THEN crop.

The image above was shot with a Fuji X-T1 and a Fuji 16mm lens. I cropped a bit off the top and bottom to give it more of a panoramic flare. It took seconds in Photoshop and boom – I had something I liked.

When you want to shoot a wide scene, there’s nothing wrong with using a wide lens and then cropping out the top/bottom parts you don’t want.

There are a few things that will help.

1. Try to visualize what you want the final image to look like when you’re composing the scene. If necessary, make a test…

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Evening Post: Some pictures from Bergen City and Sotra Norway

Feeling Small in a Big Cosmos 03: Proverbs

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by Shane L. Larson

On 19 April 1610, Johannes Kepler wrote an open letter to Galileo Galilei, musing on possible future voyages that would allow explorers — human explorers — to see what Galileo’s telescope had shown.  He mused that some day inventors might “provide ship or sails adapted to the heavenly breezes, and there will be some who will not fear even that void.” Kepler called on Galileo to join him in preparing the way for those so0n to be travellers, and create a new science to light their way: astronomy.

Yuri Gagarin and the Vostok 1 launch on 12 April 1961. Yuri Gagarin and the Vostok 1 launch on 12 April 1961.

It was almost exactly 351 years before Kepler’s speculations were realized — on 12 April 1961 the Soviet Union launched cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin into space. In a flight that lasted only 108 minutes, Gagarin orbited the Earth in a capsule bearing the callsign Kedr (“

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Big cats and human complexity

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This weekend I spent time at the Exotic Feline Rescue Center near Brazil, Indiana. Most of the cats at the Center are tigers, due in part to the popularity of tiger ownership as a status symbol, as well as the obsession with breeding white tigers. Such breeding inevitably produces many non-white tigers, which then require sanctuary.

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There really are very few places that one can get so close to big cats; in the wild it’s unwise, and in zoos there always seem to be greater physical barriers, whether through glass or moats or just sheer distance. The EFRC keeps the cats in wooded, fenced habitats. Some of the cats are quite affectionate, and would come up and rub their faces against the fence when our guide called them, just like ordinary kitties.

010Others, though, behaved very much like one would expect wild tigers and lions to behave. I stood…

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