Leading lines ..

Lines are wonderful elements in a photograph. They draw the viewer’s attention through the image from one spot to the next, sometimes all the way around and sometimes in one direction. This helps give depth to the photograph rather than making it look flat and boring.
Anything with a definite line can be a leading line for example Fences, bridges, even a shoreline can lead the attention of the viewer.

Venice Fishing Pier, FL

Venice Fishing Pier, FL

This images are of Venice Fishing Pier in Florida (west coast) ..

Yosemite National Park, US

“Yosemite Valley, to me, is always a sunrise, a glitter of green and golden wonder in a vast edifice of stone and space.”

Need I say more? Ansel Adams has said it best. Even for me when I think of a national park in the US the first name that comes to mind is Yosemite National Park. It is supposed to be one of the first parks in the US with about 1200 sq miles of area. I lived in Bay area California for about 2.5 years and in that duration I planned a trip to this place at least 3 times if not more. Somehow each time the plan did not work out. Finally in Dec last year I flew back to California from Florida during the X’mas vacation and that’s when a friend and I finally figured out a plan and made a day trip to Yosemite.

I have to say the landscape was breath taking. Winters had set in, everything was covered in snow, and the bright sunshine made it all worth the trip. The Half dome looked so beautiful and the mirror lake stood true to its name with crystal clear reflection of the landscape around. I did manage to get some “good shots” ( I have a lots to learn hence the quotes) .. Few of the photographs are posted along for your viewing. I definitely make few more trips specially during Spring and once during Fall, and I just can’t wait for that to happen 🙂 .

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Crystal clear reflection

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Drift Wood

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Halfdome and moon
Half Dome wit the Moon

Mirror Lake
Mirror Lake, with a cold chill coming in from the left..

I’ve been driving for the last two Saturdays on the back roads and byways of New Jersey and New York. Started from Long pond Ironworks State Park in the town of Hewitt, NJ for which I took 287 N from Edison then took exit 55, to get on to Country Road 511 and then on to West Brook Road all the way to the State Park. I did not enter the state park tho, weather was lovely and it was pretty cold so Instead I opened the sunroof of my car, switched off the AC and switched on the iPod :-). It was a beautiful two lane narrow road along the Wanaque Reservoir with the dried up foliage and falling leaves on the other side. I could not take much photographs there because the entire lake was fenced and there was no way to enter. So from there I decided to head towards the 7 Lakes Drive. To get there I got on to Greenwood Lake Turnpike and took a beautiful road leading to Lake Sebago. From there drove all the way to Lake Tiorati and then carried on to Silver Mine Lake. From the circle then I took the historic US 6 west and joined on to 293 and all the way round Via Bear Mt  ( US 9)  to get on to Garden State Parkway and Back.
It was a beautiful drive and made me realize how fortunate I am to see so many beautiful places and there is a whole planet to explore. This is just the beginning and I intend to explore much more. Below are some photographs from the drive ..

7 Lakes Drive, NY 

7 Lakes Drive, NY

Fall Colors

7 Lakes Drive, NY

7 Lakes Drive, NY

End of Fall

Fall Colors

Rest of the photographs can be seen on FLICKR ..

An Empty Bench ..

From the window everyday
I saw the empty bench
It sat there day and night
facing the scorching sun
resisting the harsh blowing wind
Winters could not make it numb
nor could the rain dampen its spirits
It waited there for some company
but none would stop to rest in its arms
I had no desire to fulfill its wish
for it was meant only for that soul
who be tired and could walk no more

Poem By Kiran Kauchhur