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It was one of the wildest weather patterns I had ever observed in the Eastern Sierras. What started out as a torrential thunderstorm while driving out of the town of Bishop vacillated rapidly between sunny skies with dramatic cloud formations and rain so dense that you couldn't see 10ft ahead of you.

Nevertheless, the sky seemed a grand stage where the collusion of various actors - the clouds, the sunlight, the rainbows, the rain, the mountain tops and the landscape, all interacted to form this ever-changing drama whose transience epitomized the beauty of the sky theater!

As I headed out towards one of the famous hot springs in that part of the Sierras, a thick beam of light descended down towards Crowley lake. Thick with the mist of raindrops, a rainbow (and one more) started arcing from the distant mountains. At the same time, a small set of mammatus clouds started glowing yellow above me, a cloud burn deserving of its own tale in the drama happening in the theater of the sky.

Such was the energy in the sky that it left us, the audience, feeling blessed but diminutive under its grand drama.

Crowley Lake
CA USA

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Every single day in the Rockies began at 5:30 am. And every single day, I woke up at 5am to see if I can catch the sunrise. That meant trying to function properly in under six hours of sleep everyday. It wasn't an easy task, but scenes like these made it worth it.

On one such dawn, I awoke at 5am at a hostel near the famous Saskatchewan Crossing, famous for being an important fur trade route. Arriving at a scenic viewpoint overlooking this vast crossing, I was disappointed at the vast stretch of clouds all over the sky obscuring any light from falling on the peaks.

I then decided to while away my time playing some Sudoku when the peaks start lighting up suddenly - a hidden clearing in the clouds opened up just in time for the sunlight to peek through and light up the snow-capped peaks in a wonderful shade of crimson.

The patterns of light and shadow held sway over me for the next hour as I stared mesmerized at it. That surreal combination of an orange-lit snow-capped Rockies rising up from a velvety carpet of green forest was too irresistible to leave.

Banff National Park
AB Canada

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Some of the best kept locations in photography are off the beaten path - well off the beaten path. And nowhere is it more true than in the vast rolling hillscape that makes the Palouse region of eastern Washington. Wandering around the many dirt roads that snake through valleys and hilltops yielded bountiful options for photography.

Once such scene was this - rolling hills with a grove of trees in the middle of a freshly planted soybean field. The curves on the hills combined with the shape of clouds and the grove of trees all came together at just the right location somewhere in the middle of Palouse

Palouse
WA USA

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Ah.... White Sands. The name itself conjures a vast desert filled fill sand as white as salt. And that may be partly true on your first visit there.
But stay through a sandstorm and a sunset or a sunrise and your opinion might change. As I was completing a hike in the late afternoon one February in White Sands, a sandstorm kicked up enough dust and sand to create an eerie yellow glow to the horizon. While above, the clouds took on some strange hues while in its own shadow. I tried to capture that entire scene in this image.

So the next time you imagine White Sands, just change your expectations a bit...

White Sands National Monument
NM USA

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As I stood with my camera and my eyes affixed at the small branch of a dusty old tree resting on the red sandstone, the guide started to pour the red sand that forms much of the sandstone. It was then that the scene came together: a strong light column of light in the background complemented by an ephemeral column of sand that poured from the ledge, with that dusty old branch acting as the anchor.

I was delighted to be privy to such wonderful scenes of geology that goes on continuously to shape the canyons to what they are now. And thinking back to this scene two years ago where I stood tripod-to-tripod with 8 other photographers savoring the beauty of this scene.

Upper Antelope Canyon
AZ USA
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One of the main attractions of antelope canyon is capturing the light beams that penetrate the narrow walls of the windy red Antelope Canyon. When it forms and moves around the canyon, the light beams are a quite a beauty to behold.

Naturally, we are not the only humans to find this fact out and hence, on a typical summer day, this place can get inundated with tourists. Capturing this visual spectacle is thus achieved by the tour guides to these canyon who clear out the throngs of people who would have otherwise milled around this area completely blocking the light show.

The light beam is just barely visible due to the dust in the air and it only really starts glowing like this when the guide throws sand in the air, forming amazing patterns and striations. Well worth the greenbacks spent!

Upper Antelope Canyon
AZ USA

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Another image from the Sierra Nevada this time around.

Hiking in the Eastern Sierras last weekend brought back memories of a weekend I had spent hiking last year climbing the rock-strewn trails leading up to the 11400ft Piute Pass. I remember huffing and puffing in the thin air, all the while admiring (or trying to) the snow-capped peaks towering above, the glistening alpine lakes, the cascades of fresh mountain spring water, and the bountiful wildflowers eking out a fragile life in the High Sierra.

It is these Sierra Wild experiences that make me proud to live in such a wonderful state where the ethos of conservation run deep in order to preserve this beauty for future generations.

Sabrina Lake Basin
CA USA

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I had envisioned sunrise over the Rockies in the US to be a dreamy affair: of snow-capped peaks highlighted by in orange by the rising sun, a lake nearby reflecting the entire vista with unparalled symmetry, of clouds highlighting the dim sky with palettes of orange and red.

However, when I started out that morning a couple of years ago, I know that only one of those three would come true - that the clouds would take on a majority of hues from the warmer colors of the spectrum. The other two aspects, the snow-capped peaks being lit up and reflected on a still lake, would not come true.

Hence, I headed out to a previously scouted spot along the Bear Lake Road in the Rocky Mountain National Park where I searched around for still water on a marshy overflowing meadow. That part was easy. However, getting a suitable foreground was a lot trickier and time was running out.

Here is what I ended up with that sunrise a couple of years ago.

Rocky Mountain National Park
CO USA
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As one path in my life reaches its end (me working as an engineer), another fork beckons. I wonder whether it will lead me to new heights, new vistas and new locations. These are the questions I ponder now as I look upon this image of Hurricane divide, one of the most scenic passes on the 32-mile grand Teton Crest backpack.

It wasn't an easy climb to get here. Step after excruciating step, the trail climbed up. The hot and dry weather, with the mercury reaching upwards of 80 never made for ideal conditions for the uphill slog. Hauling a 40lb backpack, I just soldiered on, always looking at the ground and never at the destination, hoping it would just come up and surprise me.

My life till now has felt like that - a long slog never looking at the destination, but only at the ground. But now that I am here, I can look back and savor in the views before I proceed on the next phase of my life.
I am not stepping away from photography. Au contraire, I plan to devote to it as much time as I can.

Grand Teton National Park
WY USA

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Beautiful shot! Good luck for your next phase! And do keep making more images!!
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The sky had forever remained hopeful that evening in Rocky Mountain National Park 2 years ago. But my trusty tripod was still many miles away in the safety of my car. And dusk was fast approaching.
So I hopped, jumped and danced my way along the trail through lush green meadows glowing in the afternoon sun and the soggy shoreline of beautiful tarns and lakes, avoiding moose and marmot alike, and trying to get back to my car as quickly as I could while the sun was racing me.

And by the time I got to my intended sunset spot, the sky was already blazing with the colors of evening glory, leaving me to wonder whether anything was left for me to shoot. Thankfully, some colors in the sky still remained as I precariously perched my tripod on the edge of the fast-moving current of Big Thomson River to capture its raging waters and the plants that held strong against the current.

Rocky Mountain National Park
CO USA

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The last few days has seen some spectacular cloud burns in the Bay Area. However, I seem to be in no convenient place to capture that cloud action. Looking back at the archives, I came across one image for which I was in the right place to capture the clouds taking on a deep red hue after the sun had waved goodbye.

Pigeon Point Light house served as a great backdrop to capture this palette of colors getting splashed across the sky, which only seemed to intensify towards night.  

Pigeon Point Light House
CA USA

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On one fine spring day, I found myself hiking through the winding trails that crested the Pacheco hills. And signs of the spring were everywhere: rolling green hills with slopes carpeted by kaleidoscopic wildflowers, insects buzzing around and birds flying around. And for the most part, I had the beautiful place all to myself with not a soul in sight for hours.

Whenever I think about this scene, I can still smell the fresh green grass (and the warm aromas of cow dung), the melodious sounds of native bird-life, and the gentle rustle of the oak trees swaying in the wind. Such was the beauty of this place!

Here is one view looking onto the the Mariposa and Cathedral Peaks.

Pacheco State Park
CA USA

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Photographer, Traveler, and an occasional engineer in lovely California
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Talent does what it can.
Genius what it must.

This was the saying scribbled on my hostel / dorm room door back of my undergrad. And I follow it, religiously.

Techie. Computer Lover. Occasional gamer. Bookish. While I am not happily snapping away in my Sony Alpha A700.

But I love the great outdoors. Love Traveling and Love photography.
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Summitted the highest point in the lower 48. Also met with the current UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon
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