Free n floating…

Flying is missing the ground…soaring freely through space… on the infinite highway of the air.

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Posted for SundayStills Photography challenge: ‘In the Air’
Location: Dubai

An epic ending…

May your trusted eyes don’t deceive you, here in this part of the world Sun sets in the sand. Welcome to the great land of Sand Dunes, Liwa – United Arab Emirates

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Contributing to Sunday Stills Photography challenge – ‘Sunrise or Sunset’
Location: Liwa, 240 Kms off Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Speed


Speed… it is thrill, but can kill

Speeding is fun, but at any level is dangerous.

A matured and responsible driver would be aware of the ‘stopping distance’, a simple truth about speeding; The faster you go, the longer it takes to stop and the harder you hit, Even small increases in speed could have terrible consequences, the difference could be a matter of life or death. Around half of all speed-related fatalities happen at just 10km/h or less above the speed limit

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Contributed to Sunday Stills photography challenge ‘Dangerous things’

‘One’ subject to photograph for the rest of your life

Its high time we humans learn that saving beautiful nature and peaceful wildlife is critical to our own happiness and quality of life, maybe then we’ll start thinking of doing something about it.

Beauty of nature and the life
This could be my only preferred subject to photograph for the rest of my life if I get a chance to pick one forever.

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Got a rare chance for me and my family to watch her building nest from our balcony.

Malabar Giant Squirrel
Location: Pugmarks Jungle Resort, Wayanad – India

Lessons from Wild Flowers

Flowers… are a proud assertion that a ray of beauty out values all the utilities of the world.

It was one of the most beautiful places in kerala called Gavi and i was overlooking a beautiful open valley with an ocean of many little blue wild flowers. While i sat down i saw this little fellow with not many colours, but still stand bold and beautiful with a gorgeous background of thick green mountains and sky far way.

Yes, it is important to be who you are not what others want you to be. Stay positive and stand strong. How beautiful it is the way Lord teach us many things through his beautiful little creations in the nature.

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Contributed to http://www.sundaystills.wordpress.com photography challenge: Wild Flowers
Location: Gavi, Kerala – India

Modify the original pic…

This is yet another brilliant challenge from Ed on Sunday Stills photography, provided pic has to be modified as we like.

This is how i made it
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the outcome is a pic as if i took it through a fence while a worker was trying to climb up to repair the machine. I got the whole idea as i noticed there are no crowd in the picture. It should be a day-off

Trash……The Future


Most horrific scene i ever come across of a nature less pleasant with plastic, no one would ever imagine how horrible this scene could be; A tree holding most precious thing in the world in a most dangerous substance humans ever invented. I highly appreciate the efforts of UAE Government to maintain the parks and public places clean, friendly and safe but sadly on the other hand public seems to be least bothered.

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Contributed to Sunday Stills photography challenge: Trash
Location: Abu Dhabi

Enough plastic is thrown away each year to wrap the earth four times. Have you ever bothered to pay any attention to the amount of plastic we encounter in our daily life? Have you ever wondered where does this go after we are done?………….“NO WHERE”…………yes most of them ends up in land fill or ocean, Okay… then what happens to it?……….”NOTHING”……..absolutely nothing. It takes 500-1,000 years for plastic to degrade.
Virtually every piece of plastic that was ever made still exists in some shape or form.

Still not horrified?……..The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is located in the North Pacific Gyre off the coast of California and is the largest ocean garbage site in the world. This floating mass of plastic is twice the size of Texas which is over 1,392,482 km² or a bit less than United Kingdom and bigger than Iceland.

Ever wanted to rise above plastic? Here are some tips:
- Choose to reuse the shopping bags and water bottles
- Refuse one-time/disposable plastics
- Go for recycle grade plastics like PETE or HDPE
- Volunteer with family and friends in beach clean up
- Finally spread the word, ……………..i just did 

Appam and Egg curry

Appam & Egg Curry one of my favourite dish i prefer to have either as breakfast or for dinner.

Appam is a fermented flat bread made out of Rice and Coconut. There are several variations of this dish. They are very light and crispy towards the edges, soft and juicy at the centre. They are made from a batter using rice, yeast, salt and a little sugar. After the mixture has stood for a couple of hours, it is fried in the “appachatti” which is a specially designed pan. These appams are fairly neutral in taste and mostly served with some spicy condiment or curry. My choice is to have it with spicy Egg Curry is an outstanding combination.

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Posted for ‘Sunday Stills’ photography challenge: International Cuisine

Joy Happiness & Energy……..am Yellow

Do you believe in a saying that ‘Beauty seen is never lost’, I witnessed the sky broke like an egg in to a beautiful sunrise and the water caught fire. One of the most satisfying experiences in my photographic journey.

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Contributed to Sunday Stills challenge: Yellow
Location: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

A perfect flight

For most gulls, it is not flying that matters, but eating. For this gull, though, it was not eating that mattered, but flight

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Location: Dubai – Creek park

Spirit of nature

I am in love with the green earth. I take every chance to be with her, to be soothed and healed, and to feel gifted. The nature is never ever silent, yet we all wish to get lost in nature to find peace and happiness.

Many times we all pass by such scenes, but we never bothered to stop and enjoy the essence of it. But trust me, try it out. I guarantee you can feel your soul getting filled with happiness.

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Contributed to Sunday Stills Photography challenge
Location: Waynad, Kerala – India

wroooooooommmmmmmmmm……………

I am brave, powerful, aggressive, yet elegant and luxurious. I am the second fastest BMW ever built. I am M6.
The crowd knows when am on and the cowards flee when am right after…

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Contributed for Sunday Stills challenge : ‘Brown’
Model: BMW M6, Brown mat finish @ Abu Dhabi.

Locks

Manichithrathazhu Door Locks
The magnificent Manichithrathazhu door (The Ornate Lock) is an age old traditional lock of Kerala which adorns the doors of fabulous Ettukettu & Nalukettu (traditional 8 sided & 4 sided mansions)

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Location: Fort Cochin
Contributed to Sunday Stills challenge : Letter ‘L’

Angelic flying

Spread your wings and let the fairy in you fly!

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Location: Backwaters, Abu Dhabi

Munch from a bunch

Everybody likes munching something and when it comes to munching i believe the best thing comes to my mind is Banana Chips. They are a very popular snack in Kerala (that’s my home, Gods Own Country) known locally as nenthra-kaaya oopperi. They are thin sliced banana fried in coconut oil sprinkled with salt. Usually raw banana/plantain are used to make banana chips, but chips made from ripe banana is sweet.

It was my favorite snack until few years back, Now i totally disagree with this snack and trying my level best to educate people on the dark side of it. I demonstrate to them by burning a single piece with a lighter to see at least 16 drops of oil dripping out of it. Guess what it can do to your body. But, trust me once you start eating them; God help you to stop it.

Nutrition facts:
Calories – 519 (Per 100gm)
Fat – 34g (Per 100gm)

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Posted for Sunday Stills challenge: Snacks

Wild Boar

Wild boar is a close relative of domestic pig. But could be the most ugliest and deadly. Body of wild boars is covered with double coat of fur that can be brown, red, black or grey. Upper coat is composed of harsh, bristly hair. Undercoat is much softer. Tusks on the bottom lip are one of the most prominent features of a wild boar. Unlike females, males possess extra tusk on the upper lip which is used for sharpening of the lower tusk.

Wild boars are nocturnal animals (active during the night). They will spend 12h in sleep during the day, hidden in the nests made of leaves.
Wild boars live in groups (called sounds) that are composed of females and their offspring. Males live solitary life, except during the mating season.

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Location: Chinnar, Kerala – India

Although wild boars do not generally pose a threat to people, they occasionally attack humans. During violent contact the impact is considerably large, hard-skulled head may cause considerable damage itself, most damage is inflicted by the boar’s tusk. When ramming into a person, the boar will slash the tusks upwards, creating sizeable open lacerations on the skin. Due to the height of the boar relative to a human, most wounds are inflicted to the upper legs. Some attacks are provoked, such as when hunters wound a boar which then counterattacks. Male boars become most aggressive during the mating season and may charge at humans at such times. Occasionally, female boars will attack if they feel their piglets are threatened, especially if a human physically comes between them and their young. Although a majority of boar attack victims recover with medical treatment, fatalities do occasionally occur.

Survival Techniques: Climb or go around a tree or rock, never get out of your car…….finally show him your kung-fu and karate steps and run for your life

You take care, challenging them in wild

Mural

A mural is any piece of artwork painted or applied directly on a wall, ceiling or other large permanent surface. Mural painting is inherently different from all other forms of pictorial art in that it is organically connected with architecture. The use of colour, design, and thematic treatment can radically alter the sensation of spatial proportions of the building; in this sense mural is the only form of painting that is truly three-dimensional, since it modifies and partakes of a given space, or more simple to understand the given space are harmoniously incorporated into the picture. They are presumed to be the oldest human art form, as cave paintings at numerous ancient human settlements suggest, and can be found all over the world.

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Posted for Sunday-Stills photography challenge: Graffiti or Murals
Location: Kochi-Muziris Biennale

Things we take for granted

Our world, our planet Earth is home to many species. Every single creature in it deserve to live its life freely. There is a respectable and safe distance we should always maintain with Wilderness, it is the most important thing i take for granted whenever i venture in to wild; especially if am not alone.

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Elephants may curl their tails, swing their trunks meaningless, hold their ears out; mind you ….the Animal is stressed with your presence.  If it is kicking up dirt, making a loud cry then its preparing for a mock attack, allowing you to leave the place. If you still braved to challenge the situation by posing a threat to the elephant and seeking its attention, you are asking for trouble. If its chasing you get yourself behind a large rock or tree. If that isn’t an option, run downhill – elephants are slower (just slower) going downhill. If you are in a vehicle, the scenario and options changes to entirely different definition. Put the lights on, race the engine and plan to retrieve for your dear life J

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Posted for Sundaystills Photography Challenge – Things we take for granted
Location: Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary, Waynad – Kerala

Bad Weather

Heavy monsoon is the hardest time for Fishermen in kerala. The government imposes a 50-day ban on fishing for those heavy motor fishing boats as breeding increases during the monsoon, its then the best time for traditional fishermen to venture in to sea for their best harvest for the year. A very rough weather and highly turbulent sea during monsoon will keep the traditional fishermen indoors, holding them back from making the best use of their exemption from the ban on monsoon fishing. The sea could be very rough and would advance more in to the land seizing whatever comes in their path. The amount of destruction could be very high and many poor fishermen gives up their boats and houses overnight to save their dear life.

I don’t understand why people would pay high on fashion, gadgets or fast food upright; same time enjoy negotiating with fisherman or a fruit seller. Please do give it a serious thought next time.

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Posted for Sunday Stills Challenge : Bad Weather
Location: Vadanapilly Beach, Thrissur – Kerala

F – F16 The Fighting Falcon

The F-16 Fighting Falcon is a compact, multi-role fighter aircraft. It is highly maneuverable and has proven itself in air-to-air combat and air-to-surface attack. It provides a relatively low-cost, high-performance weapon system. Its top noted feature is combat radius (distance it can fly to enter air combat, stay, fight and return). It has the best SUSTAINED TURN RATE of any aircraft to date, Basically, the F-16 can make the longest, hardest, tightest 9G turns without hull stress or failure.

F16 First flown on January 20, 1974, by Phil Oestricher,
A single unit cost: $14.6 – $18.6 million
Flying speed: 1500 KM/Hr
Wingspan: 32 feet, 8 inches (9.8 meters)
Length: 49 feet, 5 inches (14.8 meters)
Height: 16 feet (4.8 meters)

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From Al Ain Air Show 2013
Posted for Sunday Stills Challenge - F

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