until only infinity remained of beauty – John Ashbery
Think of all the beauty left around you and be happy – Anne Frank
Road to infinity is the path that takes you deep into the Aoraki National park, New Zealand. This picture was taken from a Cessna Turbo Prop on our way to the top of Aoraki. We used Air Safari for our trip around Franz Josef, Aoraki, and Fox glacier.
It was an interesting flight experience – the mountain air was un-relentless. I was holding on to the seats armrest with all my might. Not sure what that would have accomplished. However the pilot was very adept and deftly handled the mountains giving us enough steady flight to take a few pictures. Here are few more pictures from that shoot.
Milky way in its full splendor at Mt Cook National Park, NZ.
This picture was taken during our recent vacation to south islands, NZ. The whole of the trip, bad weather chased us. Clear skies were a luxury. But fortunately for us, when we reached Aoraki national park, this beautiful day ( and night ) hit us from no where. We parked our camper van and decided to enjoy the day. After a day of trekking, during which, I was constantly planning on how to photograph the night sky, and praying the the onesies-2sies cloud will just fly away, we were granted out wish.
During dinner, I was thinking about how far to walk to get to a zero light zone and was trading ideas with my wife. At about 10 PM, with all my gear set, I decided to go for a hike. Boy, was I wrong. The moment I stepped out of the van and looked up, I witnessed a sky that I have never seen before. So many stars and galaxies lit up the night sky like nobodies business. It was hard to identify any known constellations. Too many stars and planets laid out as a visual treat. You could really visualize what our ancestors were treated to every night and how easy it was for them to map night skies out. Its just there.
With so much light pollution around these days, this natural view of the our skies is rapidly diminishing. Something for us to think about. The new generations might never get to see it. But there are organizations like darksky that are trying to remedy this. Support you local chapter or do your bit to preserve night skies.
Perfect reflection of ferns on water.
All the complicated details
of the attiring and
the disattiring are completed!
A liquid moon
moves gently among
the long branches.
Thus having prepared their buds
against a sure winter
the wise trees
stand sleeping in the cold.
By William Carlos Williams
A full moon has this mystical quality – everytime you see one, it makes you stop right on the track and just admire. Happened a 1000 times before and will happen a 1000 times again.
I wanted to capture the sense of it shining bright and proud; provide hope for the lost; be there to guide you through the darkness.
Windmill farms have always evoked a mysterious, otherworldly feeling every time I came across one. I have friends in St. Louis, Indianapolis and whenever I take a road trip, I have been tempted to stop by the never ending farms of these man made giants. The timing on most of the times have been not photogenic. This time though, it was perfect. We hit this one right when a new day was blooming. Even though the temperature was in single digits, I had to brave the freezing weather to snap this one. A warm cup of coffee soon after was also a bliss!
Let me know what you guys think.