When the sun sets, it paints the sky in a mesmerising palette, in front of which everything else fades to black. The scene of this sunset was a hot late summer evening at Kodimatha in Kottayam, Kerala, India with everything else, including the Chicking outlet turning into black silhouettes in front of the brilliant sunset. The photo has been color-enhanced, but these colors of the sunset – yellow, orange, gold, blue, purple and pink – are all real.
The Sheikh Zayed Road cutting through the center of Dubai and the commercial lifeline of its high profile commercial and business district appears deserted one late evening, though it was not, but for this well-timed photograph, as seen from the Dubai Internet City metro station elevator. The Sheikh Zayed Road, as the Emirates Road or E11 connecting all the Emirates of the United Arab Emirates, is called while passing through Dubai, is 12 to 16 lanes wide (6-8 lanes per side) in its business district, not including service roads. The Metro line seems to be dividing the picture into two, the blue sky above and the gray and brown buildings below.
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!
The setting sun lights up an incredibly wide, expansive cloud bank, all cottony and fluffy from “behind”, highlighting it contours in a poetic golden hue late one evening. One set of raining clouds in the middle is completely lit up in the golden setting color of the sun! The rain falling of the cloud can be clearly seen as golden showers (not the kind you are thinking of, hehe). The size of the cloud banks can be judged by the coconut trees in the bottom right corner. Taken from a train at dusk near Velloor, Kottayam district, Kerala.
Gridlocked traffic, concrete monstrosities, cables slung overhead everywhere. And in between all this, a gorgeous sunset struggling to make its presence felt. The typical Bangalore scene of a mass of stalled vehicles, honking, dust and smoke, above which ugly concrete jungle and twisted metal structures shutting out nature. We have shunned nature, stunted it out of our lives for some grimy joy of being enclosed in a metal bubble on four wheels, within concrete walls or in our own egotistical cocoons. I actually felt sad to see such a brilliant natural scene struggling to make its presence felt, and that nobody was even noticing it, everyone busy either to get ahead of the guy in front, or on their phones. Needless to say, it was after years that I saw such a nice Bangalore sunset. Imagine this picture without all the crap blocking out that brilliance! Ejipura junction, Koramangala.