Goa’s best known falls.
Doodhsagar translates to “Ocean of Milk.” This spectacular 310 metres waterfall cascades down a cliff just inside Goa‘s eastern border with Karnataka. The flow peaks during the monsoon months of July and August. I made the trek last year in early August and was met with just the right conditions: wet, squally, misty.
I took this photo of an old photo from the Central Library Archives in Panjim. It is by the legendary photographic team of Souza & Paul who were active from 1890 to around 1910 and to whom we owe so many photographs of that era.
The falls are accessible via the regular train. However, the totality of the experience can be had only over the land trail and during the monsoons that is not an easy undertaking. The journey begins in village of Collem (Kullem) with a motorcycle ride alongside railway tracks. After that comes a trek through dense jungle. En route we ford a couple of swollen streams and then negotiate a steep mountainside. Another hike along the railway tracks brings us to the base of Doodhsagar. I have put together a short slideshow of the excursion below.
At the black beach in Jökulsárlón in south Iceland. All the photos were taken handheld and I was especially mindful of the tricky situation given my mishap here some years ago.
Note: Conversion from ProPhoto colourspace to sRGB for web viewing kills the colour.
The dance of colours with the advancing waves was a delight to watch.
Amid the astounding ruins of Hampi.
The Vijayanagara ruins in Hampi have been deemed a World Heritage Site. I went there in 2007 before grand plans were unveiled to transform the area into a tourist zoo.
This shrine cut into rock is at the Malayavanta Raghunath temple. Notice the parakeet in the third photo.
High above Death Valley.
High in the Funeral Mountains of the Amargosa Range, Chloride Cliff offers sweeping views of the north end of Death Valley from a vantage similar to that of Dante’s View and Aguereberry Point. It is, however, much more difficult to access than the other two points, requiring a high clearance 4WD vehicle to negotiate the rugged – and at times hairy – mountain route. The nearby settlement of Chloride City took root in 1871 following a mining claim.
I set out on a cold and dark December morning with my trusted guide Death Valley Jim. Check out the video clip of our small adventure.
To see the video in higher resolution, go here.