Geothermal Textures

One of the most intriguingly fascinating experiences of my life happened during my trip to the Yellowstone National Park. This National Park is a natural wonder that has a lot to offer- a live, visual Geography class and a natural Chemistry lab experience! These pictures are a proof of few of the phenomenons I’ve never seen  or  experienced!

These photographs were captured at the Mammoth Hot Springs in Yellowstone. The terrace formation was a result of hot water springs cooling down and depositing calcium carbonate from thousands of years. The formations which are an outcome of a geothermal phenomenon have resulted in these unique and intriguing natural textures. A closer look at the texture resembles deposits of limestone.

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Mammoth Hot Springs
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Mammoth Hot Springs
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Mammoth Hot Springs

 

Weekly Photo ChallengeTextures

Serenity in Solitude

Badlands National Park, South Dakota

Personally, I love solitude. Solitude to me does not signify loneliness or emptiness. It is a state of mind devoid of clutter that helps rediscover yourself. Living amidst the hustle bustle of city life only makes us seek moments of solitude more often. It doesn’t require taking a vacation far off. Solitude can be achieved anywhere, as long as you cut off the virtual connections on your phone for a moment!

This picture is my personal favorite from my visit to South Dakota. It was captured at Castle Trail in Badlands National Park. It depicts the pleasure of enjoying solitude.

 

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Graceful Beauty

Custer State Park, South Dakota

I couldn’t think of a better epitome for graceful! Found this graceful horse in one of the ranches at Custer State Park in South Dakota. I was lucky to have this beauty pose for me with grace on a cloudy afternoon. This palomino colored horse is in sync with the backdrop and the dark mane only adds to its elegance!

 

Weekly Photo Challenge-  Graceful

Glossy Ambience

Las Vegas is famous not only for its casinos, entertainment and vibrant nightlife, but also for its distinct, sophisticated, European inspired architectures.

These photographs are an outcome of my recent visit to this most happening city during the holiday season. The glossy ambience of every place was unique and enthralling. No matter how cold or how low you feel, these ambiences are sure to lift up your spirits and make you feel alive!

Fremont Street Experience happens to be one of the famous attractions in Las Vegas with sparkling and stimulating light shows!

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Fremont Street, Las Vegas

The architecture and ambience at St. Marks’s Square, The Venetian makes every effort to make you feel like you are in Venice!

St.Marks Square- The Venetian, Las Vegas

Fiori Di Como are the floral glass sculptures in the lobby of Bellagio. These beautifully hand crafted carvings are sure to win your attention and admiration!

Fiori Di Como-  Bellagio, Las Vegas

For every MGM Studios movie/ cartoon fan, this gleaming lion at MGM Grand is sure to bring back a lot of memories!

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MGM Grand- Las Vegas

 

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Cherry on Top- Rainbow

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Dal Lake, Kashmir

A boat ride through the floating gardens of Dal Lake, surrounded by beautiful houseboats and magnificent mountains was a pleasing experience.  The evening was complete with a sudden drizzle of rain to enhance the surrounding serenity. The huge rainbow across the lake was a cherry on top, thus making the entire experience mesmerizing! No wonder why Kashmir is referred to be the Paradise on Earth!

 

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Half-Light: Changed Perception

Sunset    Dal Lake, India

 

Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.
Rabindranath Tagore, Stray Birds

 

This quote reflects my changed perception. The duskiness created by unfavorable situations remain the same. But what I see is no longer the gloominess, but the hue it brings to my rather monotonous life.

 

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Water

Water- The essence of existence.

The fondest memory among my various encounters with this beautiful yet powerful form of nature, has to be during my travel to Jammu & Kashmir, India.

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This was at at Pahalgam, a town located in Anantanag district of Kashmir.

The burbling brook was so soothing and relaxing that I never wished to go back to the hustle bustle of city life. Surrounded by such scenic tranquility only made me ask for more!

 

Weekly Photo Challenge- Landscape