I couldn’t resist. I’ve posted pictures (and a story in Dutch) of Hampi before but today I edited these two again using Photomatix Pro and Snapseed. These aren’t HDR, at the time (2009) I wasn’t aware of this option but I ran the photo’s through Photomatix for the tonemapping features.
Hampi is a small ‘holy’ village in Kartataka, India. The surroundings are amazing between the vivid green rice fields and the red rocks scattered throughout the landscape. There are a lot of abandoned and used temple’s surrounding the village what once was the capital of the Vijayanagara Empire.
What Wikipedia says about the Vijayanagara Empire:
The empire’s legacy includes many monuments spread over South India, the best known of which is the group at Hampi. The previous temple building traditions in South India came together in the Vijayanagara Architecture style. The mingling of all faiths and vernaculars inspired architectural innovation of Hindutemple construction, first in the Deccan and later in the Dravidian idioms using the local granite. Secular royal structures show the influence of the Northern Deccan Sultanate architecture. Efficient administration and vigorous overseas trade brought new technologies such as water management systems for irrigation. The empire’s patronage enabled fine arts and literature to reach new heights in the languages of Kannada,Telugu, Tamil and Sanskrit, while Carnatic music evolved into its current form. The Vijayanagara Empire created an epoch in South Indian history that transcended regionalism by promoting Hinduism as a unifying factor.
I received this one a while back but, shame on me, I haven’t made the time to pay it forward!
Big thanks to J.E. Lattimer for the nomination. Luckily there are plenty of lovely blogs I follow so I’m not yet running out of blogs to nominate. The 7 facts about myself become a bit harder. What to share?
Here it goes:
People started to gift me ‘Dutch’ trinkets since I live in Ireland. My desk is decorated with wooden tulips and I have a ‘I love Holland’ coffee-mug. Someone stole the wooden shoes from my desk though, give ‘em back!
I’m very excited that my blog passed the mark of 10.000 visitors, it seems to go rapid at the moment, approaching 12.000! I think posting pictures of the Madona MDNA concert helped..
I don’t know how to fix a punctured bike tire. With all this glass on the streets in Dublin I should change this. Any volunteers to teach me?
I love lilies and orchids. I think my boyfriend knows but just in case ;)
I have a colleague who claims she is my friend but she still throws stationary at me every now and then.
Even though people drive on the left over here, I feel it’s safer for me to stick to my left hand car. It’s a great topic for discussions!
I love buying secondhand books over new books. Almost every time I walk past a shop or a stall I have to pop in and look around. Book swapping anyone?
The people I would like to nominate for the Versatile Blogger Award:
Ohh, how I would like to go sit down with a cup of tea with my friend (I’m not allowed to post the lovely picture of her, so you just get her hand!) right now. Although, crazy busy and no time for blogging this week!
I love how the weather changes around here so quickly. If you want to go out to snap some pictures there is never a dull sky for long :)
Yesterday I posted pictures of angry waves and an angry sky over Howth. About an hour before that, we were at Bulls Head. The weather looked completely different on this side of the hill. There was a lot of wind over here as well but it came with blue skies, a lovely rainbow and a handful of people who actually dared to go kitesurfing.
They promised us ‘Charlie like hurricane weather’. It wasn’t that bad, at least not here around Dublin. There was still a warning not to go near the coast, cliffs or the likes. So you can guess what my colleague and I did? Right. We went to the harbor in Howth..
The weather changed incredibly fast, in the few hours we were driving around the area we saw sunny blue skies and the angry skies on the pictures in this post. We were soaking wet after about half an our out there but it was absolutely beautiful!
Some dogs have Character. They are a bit special. This one is just weird, in a good way mom! I know that you’re reading this and I couldn’t dream of insulting your third child ;)
His name is puk and he smiles when you come home, he viciously attacks intruders, like the neighbor who comes by every day at the exact same time, and he butts in if we play a game. Yes he does! For the entire night he was sitting on someones lap, watching every move we made.
I flew to The Netherlands for my birthday celebration with my family. I didn’t realise on forehand what a bonus the summer weather would be! Yes I tend to complain about the Irish climate a bit, but it wasn’t before I was sitting in my parent’s backyard, I really felt how much I missed this season. Sitting outside, under an umbrella, surrounded by the beautiful green and flowers listening to the small waterfall while feeling the sun on your skin.. For me the picture in this posts beholds all of that.
What about you? What do you see when you think of your kind of summer?