Blue water lilies

Blue water lilies at the New York Botanical Gardens.

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At the seaside in Rhossili beach, Wales

Rhossili beach is possibly one of the best beaches in Britain. Rhossili lies in the Gower peninsula in Wales in an area designated as an area of outstanding natural beauty. The beach itself is about 3 miles long and is accessed by a steep descent from the Rhossili village at the top of the hill. As with most of Gower, this property is owned and operated by the National Trust.

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A panoramic view of Rhossili beach from the path leading down
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Rhossili beach at low tide.
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Remains of an old wreck
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View of Rhossili beach from one of the many coves on the cliff face.

All pictures from an iPhone 4S. Post-processed in Adobe Lightroom.

 

At the seaside in Barry, Wales

Barry Island in South Wales is on the Bristol Channel. It is an extensive beach and has the second largest tidal range in the world (15 metres). These pictures are from a recent trip to the Welsh seaside. At low tide the beach extends for almost a kilometer from the promenade.

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Boats at low tide on barry habour
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Barry beach at low tide.

All photographs from my trusted iPhone!

 

Chowmahalla Palace, Hyderabad

The Chowmahalla Palace or literally “4 palace” was the residence of the Nizams of Hyderabad. This palace complex served a ceremonial role including coronations and state banquets. The palace is said to be modeled after the palace of the Shah of Iran. This particular palace was built in 1750.

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Khilawat Mubarak or Grand Hall
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The grand hall, adorned with crystal chandeliers
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The long red carpet corridors above the grand hall
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A Belgian crystal glass chandelier in the grand hall (Khilawat Mubarak)
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A chandelier against a beautifully decorated door
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Details of the ceiling in the grand hall of Chowmahalla Palace

As a first time visitor to Chowmahalla, I was impressed by the grandeur of this palace, immaculately maintained grounds and buildings, and tremendous opportunities for photography. Needless to say I shall be visiting there again on my next trip to Hyderabad.

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A front view of the Khilawat Mubarak
Technical Details

All pictures from a Nikon D80 camera fitted with a Tamron 18-250mm f3.5/5.6 zoom lens. Photographs processed in Adobe Lightroom and NIK software suite. Larger versions of the photographs are available from my flickr page.

Spring, Summer – the Four Seasons

This is my full collection of the 4 gigantic sculptures that are presently on display at the New York Botanical Gardens. These sculptures are by Philip Haas and were inspired by the paintings of Giuseppe Arcimboldo, an Italian renaissance painter who famously used fruits, flowers and twigs in his depiction of human heads.