Colors in the Cloud

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African Tulip Tree Blooming amidst the tea gardens of Valparai, Tamil Nadu.
Monsoons are one of the best times to visit Western ghats. The hills are green and clouds crown the landscape.ย  In the tea growing areas, the perfectly manicuredย  bushes present a pleasing sight.
The picture was taken on a three day ride ride to Valparai. I stopped to take the picture of a scurrying away porcupine and then ended up taking a 5 shot panorama of the above.

 

๐—ง๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ป๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ถ๐—น๐˜€
5 shot Panorama
๐—–๐—ฎ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ: Olympus E-M10ii ,
๐—Ÿ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜€: Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 EZ
๐—˜๐˜…๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐˜€๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ฒ: 14mm, F/8, 1/160s, ISO320
๐—˜๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด: Lightroom + Photoshop (Border/Text)
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Nature’s Archway

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Overgrown jungle forming a natural archway on a remote road in the jungles of Anachetty, Tamil Nadu
On one of my day rides I followed Google Maps to an unknown road off the village of Anachetty. The narrow road was hardly used and in couple of places the bridges had swept away.

The view above was at a point leading into one of such bridges, where the overgrown trees formed an archway makingย  a natural shady canopy

๐—ง๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ป๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ถ๐—น๐˜€
๐—–๐—ฎ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ: Olympus E-M10ii ,
๐—Ÿ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜€: Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 EZ
๐—˜๐˜…๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐˜€๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ฒ: 36mm, F/7.1, 1/125s, ISO200
๐—˜๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด: Lightroom + Photoshop (Border/Text)

Red Carpet Treatment

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Tea Estates of Valparai during a three day solo bike ride to Valparai.
As the road snakes down towards Sholayar Dam from Valparai, there are beautiful tea gardens flanked by dense forests. Being the fag-end of monsoon season, the clouds played hide ‘n seek with the mountains.

Dotting the gardens are these African Tulip Tree (Spathodea), which were in full bloom at this time.

As the flower falls, they carpet the underlying area with an assortment of flowers in various state of decay, weaving a pattern on the ground.
Above is a path that curved below the trees.
๐—ง๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ป๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ถ๐—น๐˜€
๐—–๐—ฎ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ: Olympus E-M10ii ,
๐—Ÿ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜€: Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 EZ
๐—˜๐˜…๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐˜€๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ฒ: 42mm, F/8.0, 1/100s, ISO1000
๐—˜๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด: Lightroom + Photoshop (Border/Text)

Scarlet Blooms

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Tea Estates of Valparai during a three day solo bike ride to Valparai.
As the road snakes down from Sholayar Dam towards Athirapally, there are beautiful tea gardens flanked by dense forests. Being the fag-end of monsoon season, the clouds played hide ‘n seek with the mountains.
The view above was across the valley of a tea processing plant surrounded by tea gardens. The red blooms on the tree accentuated the greens of the surroundings. See original here.

 

๐—ง๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ป๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ถ๐—น๐˜€
๐—–๐—ฎ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ: Olympus E-M10ii ,
๐—Ÿ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜€: Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 EZ
๐—˜๐˜…๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐˜€๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ฒ: 42mm, F/8.0, 1/125s, ISO200
๐—˜๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด: Lightroom + Photoshop (Border/Text)

Athirapally Falls

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Visited the Athirapally Falls during a three day solo bike ride to Valparai.
At the falls, there is a small trail that leads to the bottom of the falls just to the edge of water. It is a steep with multiple switchbacks descending down.
While the heavy riding jacket made the going tough, the humidity meant I was sweating profusely inside.
The view from down was well worth the trouble. Mist from the falling water drenched everything. I had to be very careful as neither the camera, nor the lens was water-resistant. Covering it with a plastic cover and handkerchief, I managed a few shots.
๐—ง๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ป๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ถ๐—น๐˜€
๐—–๐—ฎ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ: Olympus E-M10ii ,
๐—Ÿ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜€: Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 EZ
๐—˜๐˜…๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐˜€๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ฒ: 14mm, F/5.0, 1/1600s, ISO200
๐—˜๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด: Lightroom + Photoshop (Border/Text)