Patterns on the Ceiling and Inside a Dome at the Sheikh Zayed Mosque

The view from the ground at the level of the ceiling and of the insides of a dome of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque at Abu Dhabi. Everything inside the brown circle is the dome. The intricate and minute designs and patterning of the dome and the ceiling stands out flattened down, in this technique I call “crane your neck and shoot ceilings” of “bottoms up” photography. Basically, you stand under the scene you want to photograph, tilt your camera and neck by 90 degrees and shoot “bottoms up”. Many times, the results can be quite spectacular 🙂

The Cute Little Busscar on Sharjah’s Mowasalat Route 8

Mowasalat (Sharjah) is the public transport undertaking run by the department of transportation of the Government of Sharjah, one of the emirates of the United Arab Emirates. Seen here is one of their buses made by the now-defunct Brazilian company “Busscar“, branded “Urbanuss Pluss”. Busscar was a dominant force in the Brazilian economy, building all kinds of buses from 1946 until it went bankrupt in 2012. These little machines are extremely cute with their big, convex, curving full-face windshields, a predominant Busscar feature. This bus runs the Sharjah Route 8 from the Rolla Bus Terminal in the heart of old Sharjah to the Sahara Center Mall at Sharjah Al Nahda on the border with the emirate of Dubai, seen on the Al Wahda Street (Emirates Road E11) connecting Sharjah with Dubai

The Ashtamudi Lake at Dusk Appears as God’s Canvas

A riot of colors makes the sky above the Ashtamudi lake backwaters near Kollam in South Kerala appear like the canvas of a beautiful oil painting, the sky being God’s canvas. The picture shows the typical idyllic picture postcard perfect Kerala setting: palm fringed shores, lazily lapping waves, a boatman or two on the water. The picture was taken from a running train on the Ashtamudi railway bridge just after sunset when the sky is usually even more spectacular than during the actual sunset. The Ashtamudi lake is the most visited backwater in Kerala and a major tourist attraction in Kerala. Merry Christmas!