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Sathish Jothikumar
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Photographer, Traveler, and an occasional engineer in lovely California
Photographer, Traveler, and an occasional engineer in lovely California

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Wandering through the narrow and crooked cobblestone streets of a old city, with the Gothic architecture of the cathedral playing hide-and-seek with my camera, I began to wonder what is it that drives me to travel, and in search of new adventures. And after a lot of introspection, I realized that, it is not the popularity of the destination that draws me out there, but rather the journey I hope to have there.

I experienced this time and again, from the 4-day hike through the Colombian rain-forests in Parque Tayrona, to exploring hidden valleys and mountaintops in the Black Forest of Germany, and navigating the innumerable fjords in Westfjords of Iceland. As well as in the crooked cobblestone streets of Strasbourg, with the Gothic architecture of the cathedral playing hide-and-seek with my camera.

Strasbourg
France

#travel #europeanvacation #strasbourg #vivalafrance #cathedral
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Wandering through the narrow and crooked cobblestone streets of a old city, with the Gothic architecture of the cathedral playing hide-and-seek with my camera, I began to wonder what is it that drives me to travel, and in search of new adventures. And after a lot of introspection, I realized that, it is not the popularity of the destination that draws me out there, but rather the journey I hope to have there.

I experienced this time and again, from the 4-day hike through the Colombian rain-forests in Parque Tayrona, to exploring hidden valleys and mountaintops in the Black Forest of Germany, and navigating the innumerable fjords in Westfjords of Iceland. As well as in the crooked cobblestone streets of Strasbourg, with the Gothic architecture of the cathedral playing hide-and-seek with my camera.

Strasbourg
France

#travel #europeanvacation #strasbourg #vivalafrance #cathedral
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It has been 4 years since the magical winter weekend under the towering walls of the Yosemite Valley, yet I remember it as though it were yesterday. I remember wandering through the pine forest, the scrunching sounds of snow, ice and pine needles breaking from the solitude of winter in the valley. As I approached the riverbank, I ran into familiar faces from the California photography community, with the clicks from their camera shutters signaling their intent to capture the glorious scene that you see above.

Yosemite National Park holds a special place in my heart, partly because it opened my eyes to wilderness that most people see, but not observe. By spending more time in this National park over multiple seasons than any other, I was able to explore and re-explore some of the innumerable nooks and crannies in every valley, meadow, crag, gorge, and mountaintop that abound in one of the most photogenic sections of the Sierra Nevada. Over this long period of time, it exposed me to the true impact and learnings of life in the outdoors, and to understand and appreciate the rekindling of the spirit that comes about from just spending time outside normal creature comforts.

This image captures the quintessence of what makes that step outside into nature so powerful. I look forward to spending more time reconnecting with the outdoors in Yosemite, as well as the innumerable other National Parks of this land.

Yosemite National Park
CA USA

#yosemitenationalpark #yosemite #nationalparks #winterwonderland #halfdome #mercedriver #wintermusings


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It has been 4 years since the magical winter weekend under the towering walls of the Yosemite Valley, yet I remember it as though it were yesterday. I remember wandering through the pine forest, the scrunching sounds of snow, ice and pine needles breaking from the solitude of winter in the valley. As I approached the riverbank, I ran into familiar faces from the California photography community, with the clicks from their camera shutters signaling their intent to capture the glorious scene that you see above.

Yosemite National Park holds a special place in my heart, partly because it opened my eyes to wilderness that most people see, but not observe. By spending more time in this National park over multiple seasons than any other, I was able to explore and re-explore some of the innumerable nooks and crannies in every valley, meadow, crag, gorge, and mountaintop that abound in one of the most photogenic sections of the Sierra Nevada. Over this long period of time, it exposed me to the true impact and learnings of life in the outdoors, and to understand and appreciate the rekindling of the spirit that comes about from just spending time outside normal creature comforts.

This image captures the quintessence of what makes that step outside into nature so powerful. I look forward to spending more time reconnecting with the outdoors in Yosemite, as well as the innumerable other National Parks of this land.

Yosemite National Park
CA USA

#yosemitenationalpark #yosemite #nationalparks #winterwonderland #halfdome #mercedriver #wintermusings


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Hiking out of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta in Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona, the transient lighting that afternoon yielded beautiful vistas of sun-drenched farmlands and cloud-kissed mountains.

The going was tough especially with  steep climbs in sweltering heat and unbearable humidity, skeeters and midgets waiting at every junction to feast on your blood, slippery trail conditions to challenge even the most well-balanced hiker, and many more.

Yet, the rewards were plentiful. It was a natural detox after spending months in urban surroundings, and the sense of camaraderie one develops with fellow hikers and with the guides is unsurpassed. And, of course, the photographic opportunities were beyond par.

While I did not want to leave that beautiful scene on the way out, after 4 days in the jungle, I was ready to get back to civilization and enjoy the creature comforts of modern life.

Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona
Magdalena Colombia

On a side note, it is never too late to purchase my 2017 landscape photography calender here: https://goo.gl/LGJYRk . All proceeds will go to NRDC and WildAid, two non-profits whose causes I am very passionate about.
#hiking #colombia #tayronanationalpark #ciudadperdida #getoutdoors #nationalparks  
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After watching the recent Star Wars - Rogue one film, a friend of mine commented that she was so excited she wouldn't be able to sleep through the night. And that got me thinking about an experience I had had that left me that excited and palpitated - the Northern Lights show I witnessed over the skies of Northern Iceland earlier this year.

I remember that night as vividly as yesterday: a self-cooked meal a beautiful sunny evening on the grassy shores of a gentle fjord, followed by a relaxing soak in an open-air hot tub after a day of miserable weather, gave way to a cool night with clear skies. It was then that a faint glow appeared in the sky, becoming brighter and longer until it was a thick band of dancing green light that stretched horizon to horizon.

The patterns were ephemeral, the intensity continuously alternating, the color constantly shifting, but it all came together to present a visual spectacle that never bored me or the few other brave souls gazing upwards on that cold night. Even though the temperature dropped to single digits (Celsius), the photographer in me never fazed.

At one point, the glow appeared directly overhead, leading to an effect quite like peering into the vortex. The greens give way to the other colors such as purple, pink and red. This is one such exposure from that time.

Saeberg
Iceland

If you want to see this print, you can do so by purchasing my calendar from https://goo.gl/LGJYRk . All proceeds will go to NRDC and WildAid, two non-profits whose causes I am very passionate about.

#iceland #northernlights #auroraborealis #charity #2017calendar  
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AS: If you like this image, do support my work by purchasing a 2017 calendar (that features this image) at https://goo.gl/LGJYRk . All proceeds will go to NRDC and WildAid, two non-profits whose causes I am very passionate about.
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The main entrance of Mammoth Caves National park is quite unassuming, and quite beautiful. I remember walking through verdant greenery, replete with melodious chirps of passerines and the soothing sound of gurgling waters. Time slowed down here, and despite the heat, the mellow atmosphere and the lush vegetation went a long way in cooling me down.

But beneath all this unassuming forest in central Kentucky lies hidden the largest cave system in this country, and I was making my way to the maw of Mother Earth, ready to descend down into her heart through sinuous caves, gargantuan caverns and some incredible geology. As I approached the entrance, all I observed was this hole in the earth, with a dark and damp staircase snaking its way down.

A sudden draft of cold air from the inside was a soothing relief to my overheating body, but it gave me a moment to pause and take in this surroundings, both with my eyes, and with my camera.

Mammoth Caves National Park
KY USA

#nationalparks #mammothcaves #kentucky #usa #mawofearth  
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The Black Forest of Germany, while not wild uninhabited wilderness like the grand forested regions of Canada and Russia, is still a picturesque, bucolic alternative to the densely populated urban regions of the country. And in a way, its beauty is enhanced, not diminished by gentle anthropomorphic changes, whether it be rustic villages scattered on its many hillsides, tiny barns with serene ponds or flower-strewn meadows on rolling landscapes.

I looked forward to every turn on that windy mountain road that brought about new vistas, and for every cloud that added to the shimmering ephemeral glow of the grassy meadows and reflective ponds. I yearned for all the hiking paths that I could see disappearing into the clouds of the Schwarzwald.

As I made my way from one village to another, I was enthralled by the pastoral nature of the landscape. One such spot between St. Peter and St. Morgan was lit by a fleeting ray of light, highlighting an old barn set amidst a green meadow thereby riveting my attention to this beautiful scene. I realized I had to stop and capture the moment before it was gone, hence freezing that instance of time.

Sankt Morgan
Baden-Wurttemberg Germany

#blackforest #landscapes #europe #travelphotography #schwarzwald #rayoflight
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The Black Forest of Germany, while not wild uninhabited wilderness like the grand forested regions of Canada and Russia, is still a picturesque, bucolic alternative to the densely populated urban regions of the country. And in a way, its beauty is enhanced, not diminished by gentle anthropomorphic changes, whether it be rustic villages scattered on its many hillsides, tiny barns with serene ponds or flower-strewn meadows on rolling landscapes.

I looked forward to every turn on that windy mountain road that brought about new vistas, and for every cloud that added to the shimmering ephemeral glow of the grassy meadows and reflective ponds. I yearned for all the hiking paths that I could see disappearing into the clouds of the Schwarzwald.

As I made my way from one village to another, I was enthralled by the pastoral nature of the landscape. One such spot between St. Peter and St. Morgan was lit by a fleeting ray of light, highlighting an old barn set amidst a green meadow thereby riveting my attention to this beautiful scene. I realized I had to stop and capture the moment before it was gone, hence freezing that instance of time.

Sankt Morgan
Baden-Wurttemberg Germany

#blackforest #landscapes #europe #travelphotography #schwarzwald #rayoflight
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Announcing my 2017 calendar, featuring landscape and travel photography from Ecuador, Europe, Iceland and the US.
You can purchase the calendar for just $17.99 here: https://goo.gl/LGJYRk

All proceeds will go to NRDC and WildAid, two international non-profits, one with a mission to protect earth's environment, and the other with a mission to educate consumers and reduce demand for wildlife products.

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