A salient characteristic of the old temples and churches in Goa is their location – many are ensconced in exquisite surroundings. This shrine in the remote village of Maangaal (also spelled Mangal) in Goa‘s Quepem taluka sits in the middle of a cultivated paddy field.

I meandered into this luscious setting on an atmospheric monsoon morning this July. The shrine is dedicated to what are known as the Paik gods, subsidiary Hindu deities depicted as swordsmen on horses. The Paiks are worshipped by the Velip tribe common to these parts. Notice the terraced field in the foreground of the first image.

Rural shrine in Maangaal, Goa

Rural shrine in Maangaal, Goa
5D Mark II, Zeiss ZE 50 f/2 Makro Planar

 
Shrine in the middle of the paddy field

Shrine in the middle of the paddy field
5D Mark II, Zeiss ZE 50 f/2 Makro Planar

 
 
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  • Arun - August 19, 2011 - 9:06 am

    The clarity of #2 is outstanding.ReplyCancel

  • I. Nunes - August 16, 2011 - 9:52 pm

    Exquisite depiction of the vibrancy of Goa!ReplyCancel

  • S.Suresh - August 16, 2011 - 11:00 am

    Wow. A very nice shot. Seen many such houses (not shrines) along the western ghats all the way from Mananthavady to Karwar. Never been to Goa. Should rectify it soon.

    BTW, is the house as orange-ish as shown or is it appearing so in the photograph?

    S.SureshReplyCancel

    • Rajan P. Parrikar - August 16, 2011 - 12:57 pm

      Suresh, the colour of the shrine is as photographed.

  • jc - August 16, 2011 - 6:34 am

    Striking colours! The greenery is such a delight to behold. TKS for the picsReplyCancel

I must have accrued a small credit of positive karma when we got to Látrabjarg, for we were fortunate to spend some glorious moments in the company of the midnight sun. Látrabjarg is Iceland‘s (and Europe’s) westernmost point and one of the world’s great bird cliffs.

In the summer months at these high latitudes, the sun lingers over the horizon for quite a while around midnight, showering upon the landscape an ethereal stream of honey-dipped photons. It makes for a scene that is pure manna to just about anyone with a soul.

The photographs in this post summarize our magical night out in Látrabjarg earlier this June.

Puffins in the light of the midnight sun

Puffins in the light of the midnight sun
5D Mark II, 70-200L f/2.8 IS II

 
Puffins at Látrabjarg, West Fjords, Iceland

Up close
5D Mark II, 70-200L f/2.8 IS II

 
Bathed in magic light

Bathed in the magic light
5D Mark II, 70-200L f/2.8 IS II

 
Puffin love (Note: the golden light got switched off temporarily)

Puffin love (Note: the golden light got switched off temporarily)
5D Mark II, 70-200L f/2.8 IS II

 
A fellow photographer

A fellow photographer
5D Mark II, 70-200L f/2.8 IS II

 
Future steaks on a midnight stroll

Future steaks on a midnight stroll
5D Mark II, 70-200L f/2.8 IS II

 
Börkur Hrólfsson

Börkur Hrólfsson
5D Mark II, 70-200L f/2.8 IS II

 
View from Látrabjarg

View from Látrabjarg
5D Mark II, 70-200L f/2.8 IS II

 
 
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  • Christina - October 18, 2013 - 5:25 pm

    Wow, these pictures are simply amazing. Cute puffins and the midnight sun are a good combination :-)

    Best regards from Reykjavik,
    Christina – http://www.icelandunlimited.isReplyCancel

  • Arun - August 16, 2011 - 8:22 am

    “Up Close” and “Puffin Love” are classic.ReplyCancel

  • Bibliophile - August 11, 2011 - 5:45 pm

    Great photos as usual. I especially like the one of the courting puffins. You don’t often see that in still photos – they usually look like Victorians stiffly posing for the photographer.ReplyCancel

  • […] was the finalé to the night described in the last post. Midnight sun at Hvallátur5D Mark II, Zeiss ZE 50 f/2 Makro Planar + Singh-Ray Reverse GND […]ReplyCancel

  • Jon - August 10, 2011 - 9:46 am

    Light is always fun at a low angle. Very nice!ReplyCancel

  • S.Suresh - August 10, 2011 - 12:52 am

    Lovely photos Rajan.

    Photography books generally talk about such light!! I rarely get it when I go around somewhere. As you right said, the light is indeed magical.ReplyCancel

  • Börkur Hrólfsson - August 9, 2011 - 6:33 pm

    Good, great photos.ReplyCancel

In the tiny village of Djúpavík in Reykjarfjörður along the Strandir coast in the Westfjords of Iceland.

In Djúpavík, on the Strandir coast in the Westfjords

In Djúpavík, on the Strandir coast in the Westfjords
5D Mark II, Zeiss ZE 50 f/2 Makro Planar

 

Update: Following a discussion on a photography forum, I am adding a second image below that shows a wider view.

Kids in Djúpavík

Kids in Djúpavík
5D Marl II, Zeiss ZE 50 f/2 Makro Planar

 
 
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I make an appearance on Thomas Pindelski’s blog.

 
 
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