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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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When the sky sings, it does so in spectacular ways: the crack of thunder, the roar of a hurricane, or the sizzle of a lightning. But when the sky lights up with the aurora borealis, what you see is a brilliant visualization of a magnetic storm, replete with twirls and swirls, loops and waves, of jets and microbursts.

Being able to witness a display so bright as to light up the entire night sky, and reflect in the bay in front of you is a unique feeling. The excitement and joy of that experience was so strong that the discomfort from the freezing cold conditions, or the general tiredness from the long day of driving across the country, all but melted away.

This is but one snapshot of a northern light display that lasted into the wee hours of the morning somewhere in the northern part of Iceland, a country I hope to return and travel again.

Saeberg
Iceland

#iceland #northernlights #auroraborealis #saeberg #magneticstorms #skysong
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While in Mono, you do things the Mono way; ie, you wake up at 4 in the morning, drive the few long straight miles under pitch-black conditions and find your way to the lake shore, then spend a few more minutes delicately traversing the fallen remains of the tufa towers to get to the few choice sunrise spots while praying they are not taken, set up you tripod and pray that the waters of the vast salt-lake around you stay still, shiver and tremble in the freezing cold at 6000ft, and take a deep breath as the sun crests the peaks on the horizon while your finger presses the shutter. And then you repeat this all over again for sunset. And for the next sunrise and so on.

Such is the life of a photographer who visits the Eastern Sierras of California. I was fortunate enough to witness one such beautiful sunrise at the Mono Lake South Tufa Reserve during an early summer trip to the Sierra Nevada. A silhouetted reflection of the 'temple' formation there highlights the beauty of a rare calm sunrise.

Mono Lake South Tufa Reserve
CA USA

#monolake #tufareserve #californa #sunrise #hdr #reflections
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As I turned around the corner deep in the bowels of Lower Antelope Canyon, I came across the Lion's Head, a natural formation in striated walls of the twisted canyon. Seeing this almost organic form set in the inorganic structure of sandstone took me by surprise. The strange forces of erosion had sculpted this unique canvas into such a familiar shape.

Perhaps what added to the atmosphere was one of the nearby tour-guides who scrambled up a nearby wall and started playing his Native American flute. A soothing melody filled in the small cavernous space around, increasing in clarity and meaning as the crowd grew silent trying to catch the song. The mellifluous song transported me to the past, to an age sans civilization, to an age of nature.

While I could never hope to capture that otherworldly feel in a static photograph, I did the best in capturing the essence of the Lion's Head that day in Lower Antelope Canyon

Lower Antelope Canyon
Page AZ

#antelopeslotcanyon #sandstone #arizona #lionshead #navajonation
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'Far over the Misty Mountains cold
To dungeons deep and caverns old
We must away, ere break of day
To find our long forgotten gold'

As I watched the misty fog roll over the steep ravines of the mountains yonder, this ode to the dwarves popped into my head, and I was instantly transported to Middle Earth. I imagined the ragged valleys through which the orcs would attack, the meandering rivers over which the elves and the dwarves would team up to defend, and the distant peaks from which the nazgul and the great eagles would watch the entire show.

Then the seemingly out-of-place picnic bench came into view, transporting me back to reality. Nevertheless, I spent many an hour mesmerized by the motion of the clouds and entranced by the soothing sounds of gurgling water. And to this day, photos like this made me realize why it was so hard to bid adieu to the land of Middle Earth.

Lake Tekapo
Canterbury, New Zealand

#middleearth #canterbury #laketekapo #newzealand #travelphotography
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The surface ebbed and flowed. A million particles of light and color glimmered with every gust of wind. Patterns of blue, pink, purple, yellow, and green lay awash on that rolling landscape, like the broad brushstrokes of a mighty painter with a colorful palette. That was the sea of flowers blooming on top of Table Mountain in Oroville a couple of springs ago.

Zooming in on the details, I spotted tiny poppies poking through a mass of Sierra primroses, while an amalgam of poppies, goldfields, blue dicks and lupines formed a colorful background. Rivers of purple lupine wound their way alongside lush creeks while masses of bright orange poppies stood guard along rocky ledges.

It is the opportunity to witness this diversity of colorful life that often motivates me to seek out amazing landscapes and thriving nature-scapes to shoot next. Table Mountain in Oroville, is just one of those multitudes of places on this vibrant planet.

Table Mountain Ecological Reserve
CA USA

#tablemountain #california #wildflowers #springblossoms
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The surface ebbed and flowed. A million particles of light and color glimmered with every gust of wind. Patterns of blue, pink, purple, yellow, and green lay awash on that rolling landscape, like the broad brushstrokes of a mighty painter with a colorful palette. That was the sea of flowers blooming on top of Table Mountain in Oroville a couple of springs ago.

Zooming in on the details, I spotted tiny poppies poking through a mass of Sierra primroses, while an amalgam of poppies, goldfields, blue dicks and lupines formed a colorful background. Rivers of purple lupine wound their way alongside lush creeks while masses of bright orange poppies stood guard along rocky ledges.

It is the opportunity to witness this diversity of colorful life that often motivates me to seek out amazing landscapes and thriving nature-scapes to shoot next. Table Mountain in Oroville, is just one of those multitudes of places on this vibrant planet.

Table Mountain Ecological Reserve
CA USA

#tablemountain #california #wildflowers #springblossoms
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I had climbed high above the small notch of land that stood between two glaciers. The land stretching out in front of me was flat, providing unhampered visibility into the far blue yonder. From here, I could spy one of the glaciers slowly melting out onto its own lake, with fragments of ice slowly making their way to the other end. Tiny tributaries drained the murky waters into dozens of windy rivulets that meandered their way to the distant shores of the Atlantic a dozen miles away.

Meanwhile, the clouds marched in the opposite direction - a mixture of rain-bearing cumulus and strato-cumulus clouds drifted in from the south, threatening rain for the latter half of the day. Nevertheless, I continued forward on this trail in Skaftafell National Park, which climbed up and over this notch of land, making its way from the lip of one glacier to the remnants of the other glacier, over rocky scree, velvety-soft green grass, and slushy swamps. And all along that 10 mile hike, I got to witness a beautiful untouched landscape in this geologically young island, a landscape that lent well to amazing photographic opportunities.

Skaftafell National Park
Iceland

#iceland #hiking #glaciers #getoutdoors #nationalparks
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I had climbed high above the small notch of land that stood between two glaciers. The land stretching out in front of me was flat, providing unhampered visibility into the far blue yonder. From here, I could spy one of the glaciers slowly melting out onto its own lake, with fragments of ice slowly making their way to the other end. Tiny tributaries drained the murky waters into dozens of windy rivulets that meandered their way to the distant shores of the Atlantic a dozen miles away.

Meanwhile, the clouds marched in the opposite direction - a mixture of rain-bearing cumulus and strato-cumulus clouds drifted in from the south, threatening rain for the latter half of the day. Nevertheless, I continued forward on this trail in Skaftafell National Park, which climbed up and over this notch of land, making its way from the lip of one glacier to the remnants of the other glacier, over rocky scree, velvety-soft green grass, and slushy swamps. And all along that 10 mile hike, I got to witness a beautiful untouched landscape in this geologically young island, a landscape that lent well to amazing photographic opportunities.

Skaftafell National Park
Iceland

#iceland #hiking #glaciers #getoutdoors #nationalparks
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It was day 4 of the rifugio to rifugio hike in the Dolomites. I ducked and crawled through a rocky tunnel high up in the heart of the rocky mountains. Through the small openings, I could garner glimpses of craggy peaks reaching for the clouds, and of forested valleys reaching down to lush green meadows.

I pressed on. I had been promised a vista of epic proportions as I neared the location of the famed Rifugio Lagazuoi. I had learnt about a number of tunnels that were dug through the Dolomites during the peak of World War I as the Italians fought the Austrians in rather difficult terrain. These tunnels, and other structures, kept changing as the line of battle shifted through the war. But now, during times of peace, these edifices were places to study the history, and to admire the beauty of the harsh terrain all around.

Eventually, the views opened up. One such window provided a grand view of the tumultuous landscape all around: ridges of endless peaks reaching for the sky, rockfalls and avalanches pockmarking the landscape criss-crossed by innumerable trails switch-backing to the high mountain passes, and puffy white clouds making their way across and over the spine of the continent

Lagazuoi
Cortina Italy

#italy #dolomites #hiking #lagazuoi #cortina #europe #travelphotography
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It was day 4 of the rifugio to rifugio hike in the Dolomites. I ducked and crawled through a rocky tunnel high up in the heart of the rocky mountains. Through the small openings, I could garner glimpses of craggy peaks reaching for the clouds, and of forested valleys reaching down to lush green meadows.

I pressed on. I had been promised a vista of epic proportions as I neared the location of the famed Rifugio Lagazuoi. I had learnt about a number of tunnels that were dug through the Dolomites during the peak of World War I as the Italians fought the Austrians in rather difficult terrain. These tunnels, and other structures, kept changing as the line of battle shifted through the war. But now, during times of peace, these edifices were places to study the history, and to admire the beauty of the harsh terrain all around.

Eventually, the views opened up. One such window provided a grand view of the tumultuous landscape all around: ridges of endless peaks reaching for the sky, rockfalls and avalanches pockmarking the landscape criss-crossed by innumerable trails switch-backing to the high mountain passes, and puffy white clouds making their way across and over the spine of the continent

Lagazuoi
Cortina Italy

#italy #dolomites #hiking #lagazuoi #cortina #europe #travelphotography
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