The Daily Post Discover Challenge : Perspective

For this week’s Discover Challenge, let’s focus on perspective: share a post, in whatever style or medium (textual, visual, or something else entirely), that tackles the question of point of view.

You could experiment with a new perspective — write as if you were someone else, take a photo that highlights your unique position — or reflect about the vantage point you currently occupy (literally or figuratively). Or take the topic in a totally different direction: whatever you do, just be unabashed in your deliverance.

“It is said we can understand a person only when we step into their shoes and look at life from their perspective.”

Two different people

Two different ways of thinking,

Same age group

Or a different one,

From  same part of the world

Or from different places

All go to make what we are,

They make for different perspectives.

What we look at is one and the same

But their different angles

And so many different perspectives

Make them seem so different.

We see what we want to see

And each one of us

With different perspectives

Are correct in our own way.

We just have to remember

That different perspectives

Are as correct as ours,

And this understanding

Would make this world

A better and more peaceful place.

But human nature

Being what it is

Does not allow

For different perspectives

To exist with mutual understanding.

That is a sad but true fact

In any part of the world

In any age.

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The Daily Post Photo Challenge : Half-light

Share a photograph inspired by a favorite poem, verse, story, or song lyric. Bonus points if you share why the particular text resonates with you. (Though you certainly don’t have to!) If you’re not feeling especially literary or musical this week, see if you can capture the beauty of morning or evening half-light in your corner of the globe.

Early morning is my favourite time. I wake up to hear birds calling out to each other. Sometimes it is like an orchestra. A beautiful beginning. When I hear the birds I remember this quote. It is said to be a quote by Rabindranath Tagore.

Faith is the bird that feels the light and sings when the dawn is still dark.’

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Whenever I am able to see the night turn into day, it reminds me of this                           poem attributed to one of our greatest poets, Kalidasa

Salutation to the Dawn

Look to this day!
For it is life, the very life of life.
In its brief course
Lie all the verities and realities of your existence:
The bliss of growth
The glory of action
The splendor of beauty
For yesterday is but a dream
And tomorrow only a vision
But today well lived makes every yesterday a dream of happiness
And every tomorrow a vision of hope.
Look well, therefore to this day!
Such is the salutation to the dawn.

A Photo a Week Challenge: Get Your Green On

Green is the colour which we see everywhere. But is is so very important, I just cannot imagine a world without the colour green. There are so many different shades of green. For that matter all colours have so many different shades. It is fascinating:)

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The unripe cocoa fruit

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Green bananas 🙂

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Cee’s Compose Yourself Photo Challenge: #19 Geometry

For your assignment I would like to see at least 4-6 photos showing various geometric shapes within your photos and describe the various shapes.  Please describe what you learned in this lesson as well. Our minds are geared to recognize shapes, wired that way at the deepest level.  When we can recognize shapes and see them balanced on the page, we feel good about the image, even if this happens at such a deep subconscious level that we aren’t aware of the analysis going on internally.

The entrance to a temple, the rectangle of the door and the rectangle of the metal box meant for donations and the rectangle of the notice board.

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My father-in-law used to ride his his bullet bike till the age of 70, now he is 91 and enjoyed sitting on the bike of younger relative. The circle of the wheels 🙂

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These are foot bridges made from fallen  areca trees . The logs are kept near each other. They form parallel lines.

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The circle of a lighted candle

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Straight lines and rectangles

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Some more geometrical figures 🙂

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The right angle of the hand holding roses made from organdy material 🙂

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The evening sun through the leaves, an almost  perfect circle:)

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I have learned to observe geometrical figures in so many things, it is fun:)

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The daily Prompt : Price

There once was a valley

With trees and trees.

It was home to animals and birds,

Human greed knows no limits

Those who should have protected

Turned destroyers

All for the sake of money.

What a price to pay !

Trees were remorselessly uprooted

The valley filled with stone and mud.

It was no more a valley,

No more a home

To all animals and birds.

They have fled the valley

Or have been destroyed,

Their life is of no value.

In place of a live, green jungle

Up came a concrete jungle.

All for the sake of money.

What a price to pay !

Destroying our planet,

Inch by inch.

Wonder what we are leaving behind

For the future generations ?

All for the sake of money,

Which has to be left behind.

We are not going to take it with us.

But greed destroys everything.

What a price to pay !

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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge : Indoor Seating

This week’s topic is Indoor Seating.   The topic is fairly self-explanatory.  Use can use, these items from doors, drawers, cabinets, car, chain locks, safes, etc.

My parents used to stay in a small town about three hours from my place. After my faher retired they lived there for nearly thirty years. A very special place.

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In our home 🙂

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In my brother’s place

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In our village home, my father-in-law 🙂

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The Daily Post Photo Challenge : Dance

The worship of Gods and the propitiation of the Bhootas is integral to the life of people in this part of the country. Bhootas or Ganas are believed to be the assistants of Lord Shiva. Their main responsibility is to serve the Lord and protect Dharma. They also look after our land protect them . And for people here their propitiation is very important. People of  one particular community, through generations, perform ritualistic dances on a chosen day. They represent the Bhoothas.  It is believed that the Bhootas reside in the coastal region and towards the end of  May they migrate to above the Western Ghats. On the 6th of last month these ritualistic dances called Bhootha Kola was performed in our village.

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The Daily Prompt : fight

We have a dwarf variety of the areca nut tree in our garden. The fronds of the tree are very closely held together. They make a very good nesting place for birds.

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A few years ago, a bulbul couple built a nest there. It seemed very safe.

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One morning I heard a lot of noise from outside. It was the sound of birds screeching. To my horror I saw a crow pheasant putting its head between the fronds.

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The little bulbul birds were pecking at it repeatedly. They wanted the bigger bird to move away, they wanted their eggs to be safe. They put up a good fight but in vain. The crow pheasant made a good meal of those little eggs. Defeated, the bulbuls flew away. Never again did the birds build their nest in what seemed to be a safe place.

( Photo of the crow pheasant from internet)

Cee’s Compose Yourself Photo Challenge: #18 Contrasting Colors

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Color theory for photography is really quite basic.  Here is a recap of what we learned in this series.

  1. The Color Wheel.
  2. The colors that are considered warm (reds, oranges, yellows, lime greens) and cool (greens, teals, blues, purples).
  3. The colors that are harmonious with each other or match closely with each other.  Colors are next to each other on the color wheel.
  4. The colors that are considered to be contrasting because they are exactly opposite on the color wheel and bring out the differences.

It is amazing how many contrasting colours are present together in nature.

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A Children’s playground:)

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A bright rangoli in front of a house:)

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Cee, I have really enjoyed this series. Many a time we take colours for granted. We appreciate them but they are there and sometimes we do not really think about them. But throughout this series I have learnt to always observe colours of anything and everything:) Thanks.