A Very Short Goods Train Passes Through Rural Tamil Nadu

Golden Rock (Trichy) shed’s EMD WDG4 #12871 hauls a relatively short rake of BCNA wagons across a typical setting of the rustic beauty of the rural Tamil Nadu countryside, just before it was about to pass under a road overbridge on the National Highway NH7 at Jambuthuraikottai, J Mettur, Dindigul District in Tamil Nadu, near Kodaikanal Road Railway Station. The rail line is the Madurai – Dindigul section of the Madurai – Chennai main trunk line. The section is double line electrified but the other track runs at some distance away. The spot makes an awesome railfanning spot where you can nicely spot full-length trains, if you can stand the sound of trucks rumbling across the bridge 🙂 Also, this was the 300th fottam!

From the Highranges of Kerala: Calm Hills, Angry Clouds, Happy Flora

Angry dark clouds swirl downwards from the skies as the ancient hills rest calmly and knowingly, having seen it all. The flora happily look forward towards the mist gripping them in its cold embrace, joining them together as one in the landscape that is so alive in its silence, where the hills and valleys hold keys to secrets and mysteries many thousands of years… Welcome to the highranges of Kerala, where the Western Ghats will leave you spellbound and out of breath.

Happy 175th Photography Day! 🙂

A Hill, A Toll Plaza and a Glorious Tamil Nadu Highway

The twin roofs of the TNDK Toll Plaza in Karur district, Tamil Nadu, perfectly frames the Vadamalai hill seen in the distance against a blue sky, making it look like the hill is perched atop of the plaza, the lines of the roof perfectly flowing into the contours of the hill. The location is given in the map below, between Karur and Namakkal on the national highway NH7 in central Tamil Nadu, the hill seen under the “G” of ‘Google’. The highway is out of this world, butter smooth and the best part, empty! Makes for a glorious drive any time of the year! Bliss is this!

Roses of the “Mysore Flower Palace” at the Bangalore Flower Show

Close up photo showing all the thousands of roses that make up one wall of the “Mysore Palace” replica, or rather, model of it, the biggest attraction of the 200th Bangalore flower show at Lalbagh Gardens, August 2014. All hues of red make up the “pillar” and “beam” of the wall and all kinds of white roses make up the windows, all inlaid in green decorative leaves. Totally mesmerizing! More roses cover the pillars and domes of the model. I haven’t seen so many roses together at the same time in the same place in my life!

A Red, Yellow and Gold Flower Carpet!

Another scene from the 2014 Bangalore Flower Show at the Lalbagh Gardens, where some kind of red flowering plant, rich globes of yellow Marigold and some golden flowers whose name I can’t quite recall are arranged to form a flower carpet. After seeing the closeup photo, I would like to imagine that these flowers are plants the size of our regular trees growing on a meadow with tall grasses… And we are only as small as the stalks of the red plants. Like Alice in Wonderland. Awesome.

And from the Mist Covering the Hilly Road, a KSRTC Bus Emerges…

A KSRTC Ordinary bus emerges from the chilly mist covering the hilly Elappara – Vagamon road in the high ranges of the Idukki district in Kerala. The bus was on its way from Kumaly to Moolamattom via Elappara and Thodupuzha. The entire place was completely covered in mist making visibility as low as a couple of meters! The very narrow, twisting and turning road running among the hills is bedecked by tea plantations on both sides and is shrouded in mist even during day time, like it was at 3:30 pm when this picture was taken! The huge trees loom as silhouettes in the background as the white bus nicely blends into the surroundings. And, it was a lucky shot! The entire surroundings looked completely ethereal and out of this world…