Photo Feature: Picture Postcards
On the Dalai Lama’s 85th birthday, a throwback pic of the Eight Holy Stupas at Choglamsar just outside Leh. HH is a frequent visitor to the Jivatsal temple at the gompa here.
A rumination on the paths of life. The paths we took.The paths we didn`t. The paths we could have taken. The paths we should have taken.
Some bridges inspire poetry. The striking cantilevered Firth of Forth bridge on the outskirts of Edinburgh, the symbol of Scotland and a Unesco Heritage site, is one such. In Alan Turing’s famous paper about AI, a challenge ran thus: write a sonnet on the Forth Bridge. No thanks, count me out, the test subject responded, I never could write poetry. #forthbridge #symbolofscotland #scotland #alanturing #bridgesandpoems
Budapest is verily the City of Statues, even going by east and central Europe`s love for statuary, a relic of their Communist past. Made of metal and stone, almost all are larger than life and all without exception, are a delight to set eyes on. Here`s one set of sculptures that had me gawping, this time last year.
One of the most beautiful spots in the world, now in the eye of a storm. Pangong Tso, a high grassland lake perched 14,270 ft above sea level and stretching a glorious 134 kms, is also known in the upper reaches of Ladakh as ‘long-necked swan lake.’ While no fish swim in these saline waters on the Indian side, the lake and its immediate vicinity are regularly visited by bar-headed geese, Brahminy ducks, kiang and marmots. Sixty per cent of Pangong Tso flows in the Tibetan Autonomous Region, the remaining forty per cent in India. Wherein lies the rub? Well, the LAC actually passes through the lake. #pangongtso #luminouslake #ladakh
POSTCARDS: Such serenity after a history of such conflict. This beautiful water wonderland, Croatia’s Plitsvice Lakes, 8 kms of woods and water, 16 lakes sparkling in the sunshine, has been the site of pitched battles between the Ottoman and Habsburg empires, and then, more bloody conflict as late as 1991, in the Croatian War of Independence.
In several wooded areas in the Cumbria region, people used to hammer small denomination coins into timber, right from the 1700s, hoping the trees would cure their illnesses.
I found this tree-trunk studded with coins while walking up the steep Orrest Head hill overlooking Lake Windermere, a few years ago
Dubrovnik was the first Mediterranean port to quarantine people, animals and merchandise coming in by land or sea, for a period of first 30 days, then extended to 40 days, back in the 14th century. What’s more, offenders who broke lockdown laws were severely punished and fined, too. These details are to be found in the Archives of Dubrovnik, dating back to 27 July 1377.
All photos by Sheila Kumar. All images are subject to copyright.
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