Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Timeless 'Kanooru Kote'

Couple of weekends back I along with my friend Nagabhushana visited a desolated remnant of the fort of Kanooru (Kanooru Kote in Kannada) in the heart of the Western Ghats.


It is situated at around 70KM from Sagar in the thickest of the forest where you feel it as a remote corner of the world. Its truly very very desolate.

  The feel of the place is very mystic. There is a deafening silence in the place and you could almost feel it. The whole place once used to be the place of some dynasty is now shattered on ground and scattered apart on the forest floor.

Some remnants are still there to tell the story of the past glory. The whole place is now engulfed by the forest and you will find many of the remnants also look like part of the forest itself!

There are couple of temples which are robbed ruthlessly to find the buried wealth beneath the statue in the Sanctum sanctorum. The scene there is horrible and heart wrenching.

Reaching this place was no easy task. The route is awful and very steep at places. It took us quite a lot of time to find out that we are on right track and by the time we reached the place it was 4:00PM! I had about an hour to document the place and that short time is not enough for this mysterious and beautiful place to give justice through the images.

It's in my list to visit again.

I know nothing about its history and Googling also didn't help in getting anything more than the fact that it is a nice trekking spot for the trekking enthusiasts which is perfectly true. So if any of you know about its history or any useful information around this place please feel free to share it as  your comment so that it becomes a good documentation on this place on web which is lacking at this point of time.


Tuesday, June 1, 2010

A Pano from my land

I had been to my native last weekend to attend a marriage. On Sunday morning when people were busy in getting ready for the function I managed to squeeze in some time to climb a hillock in the backyard to see some opportunity to shoot.

The morning was little cloudy and the Sun was playing hide and seek behind the clouds now and then. The view from the top was serene and the only way I could capture that vastness was by doing a panorama.

I used my Tokina 12-24mm lens (at 24mm) for making this image. This pano is a stitch of only two images. As I didn't have a tripod with me, I had to choose wider focal length rather than mid range in order to get the alignment correct and for having less number of frames.

You can find some more very nice panoramas made by my friends here on Landscape Wizards