Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Saint Mary's Catherdral, Sydney

With a history of more than 200 years the St. Mary's Cathedral, was built and rebuilt over a period of time. This cathedral, built of yellow sand stone stands majestically in the town center. 
Staying in the vicinity of of the St. Mary's Cathedral, enabled me to have my customary early morning walk in the beautiful surroundings. This is early Morning shot 


The interiors are beautiful, but when I got back later in the day the Sunday mass was on, I could only join the mass and refrain from photography. Good at times, enables one to appreciate the grandeur with the naked eye rather than the lens.









A beautiful Statue  of Pope John Paul II in the precincts.






















The frontal view from the main entrance of the church


Sunday, March 30, 2014

Jazz and Darling Harbour

The Darling harbour, must be the most happening place at Sydney. On a Sunday afternoon we were here on the Cockles Wharf bay - A place with many restaurant with some Indian too and  were lucky to catch the performance of Jazz on the stage with  the darling harbor in the back ground.



The festivities got even more wonderful, when the crowd joined the beautiful dancer to do their own Jazz steps. Alas ! I was not among them!

The Luna Park-Amusement park with the darling harbor in the background


Saturday, March 22, 2014

Kangaroos

If in Australia and you do not get to see a mob (also troop, court) as group  of kangaroos are called, then whats the fun. Got to see a mob in Canberra in wild and what joy it was to observe the animal regarded as the national symbol. Some interesting facts: male Kangaroos are called bucks, boomers, jacks, or old men and females are does, flyers or jills and young ones are joeys.

Kangaroos have powerful hind legs, large feet and a long muscular tail for balance with a small head. female Kangaroos have a pouch called marsupium in which joeys complete postnatal development..



Kangaroos has been a source of food for indigenous Australians being high on protein and low in fat.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Opera House Sydney

Easily the most photographed monument alongside Taj Mahal, The Eiffile Tower, The Statue of Liberty etc.,  The Opera house stand out on the coast line of Sydney. A world Heritage site, designed by the Danish Arictect Jorn Utzon, as a performing arts center, the centre was opened in 1970.

View is from across the bank


A close view in the evening. Its probably the most happening place this time, given the proximity to the harbour and eateries alongside with multiple programs inside,

In the evening when one crosses over in the launch.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

St. Angelo Fort Kannur

Facing the Arabian sea a little away from Kannur town is the St. Angelo Fort. Built by the Portuguese and later modified by the Dutch, the fort remains in good conditions today. What started off as a trading station with permission from the Raja of Kulathanadu, later became a  Fort under the Portuguese Viceroy Francisco d' Almeida, only to be captured by the Dutch and later by the British

Surrounded by moat on one side


The Barracks inside

The church within

The canons facing the sea

Friday, February 7, 2014

Tea Gardens of Wyanad

Wyanad-pristine, virgin landscape, unspoit-nature in all its splendor is what you get to see. On a short visit to this norther most part of the Gods Own Country-got to make these pictures and also see - a tea plant too flowers.


Saturday, December 28, 2013

Road on to Tsomorori

Few other picture taken around the lake Tsomorori



We finally make to tho Korzok Village. My wife is still down, I sit besides her late into night, giving  spoon full of water every 10-15 minutes. the electricity is erratic and we have  torches and candles. She wakes up in the morning slightly better. We leave her and go around the Village.

Situated against a backdrop of High mountains on one side and Tsomoroiri on the other, Korzok situated at abort 15000 feet , is a settlement of few houses mostly of mud, where a decent bathroom-toilet is a luxury. The Changspa - Nomadic in nature and exposed to harsh winters hardly require a bath .


Life in Korzok revolves around the Monastery. Famous for the  Korzok Gustor festival, the building itself is badly in need of renovation.



But one gets to see the enchanting lake from within the precincts  of the monastery





After a early breakfast, we leave - retracing the route which have had splendid memories etched- though tough. After a journey of about 5 hours we reach Karu - here she take  a little of Curd rice , and for the first time in two days she seems normal - its a huge sigh of relief.