We’ve switched to celebrating quieter Diwalis for a while now, and only light diyas (earthen lamps) and paper lanterns, but I do miss capturing pictures of the sparklers. 🙂
For Lens Artists Photo Challenge #23: Celebrations, hosted by Amy this week.
This week’s Daily Post Challenge is the last one of the lot – that’s right, no more weekly photo challenges – and the topic is ‘All-Time Favorites.’ Now that’s a hard choice, and I’m stuck. It’s like the three variations that I created of a pumpkin field picture, and I just find it impossible to pick the one I like. So I’ll just show those pumpkin pictures to you, and hope it compensates for my lack of an all-time favorite list. 😉
With a gleeful breeze around, it’s fun to watch light peeking out from a swaying paper lamp, but a tedious job to capture it.
Halloween’s almost here!
For Weekly Photo Challenge: Rounded
So far, I’ve been able to enjoy the warm glow of diyas without the ear-splitting din of firecrackers. I hope the rest of this Diwali follows suit, and that all Diwalis end up like today.
What’s a scarecrow nostalgic for? Its hayday, of course!
Okay, I made up the lame pun in the picture’s caption, but the scarecrow doll here certainly seems nostalgic, doesn’t it?
Halloween month starts tomorrow, and I’m reminded of a road trip along southwest USA that I went on with some friends six years ago this time. We stopped at a pumpkin patch and I, of course, clicked photos of pumpkins and little scarecrow dolls.
A damp and windy Diwali, though. It’s been raining and blowing a gale for the last couple of days, so the loud noise and heavy smoke that invariably accompanies Diwali is missing this year. (Yay! 🙂 ) We realized we couldn’t place diyas outside either because they would go out, so we made do with just the (waterproof) paper lanterns outside, and only a few diyas at important spots. A very subdued affair, indeed.
As usual, I tried clicking pictures, but there was really nothing new to capture this time. The paper lanterns just wouldn’t stay still, so I ended up making a oil-painting-like composite from the blurry paper lantern and a diya.
Happy Diwali! 🙂
Festival season is in full swing here in India, what with Navaratri recently concluded and Diwali around the corner. Most of these festivals have religious backgrounds and overtones to them, but one thing they all have in common is the food. Sweet treats, savoury treats, I’m looking forward to them all! 😀
Since I still think of Diwali occasionally even though the year is about to end, I went back to browse through my latest Diwali photographs. And found this one photograph that I think makes me recall the weather during Diwali of this year — it has nice little starbursts from the twinkling diya lights.
Twinkling diya lights
It was very windy during the festivities, and I remember how many tweaks I had to apply to my camera settings and how many unsuccessful results I ended up with before finally finishing the season with a good little bunch of photographs. (Persistence is the key, right? 🙂 )
Lantern as Diwali decor
Since we’re still basking in the afterglow of Diwali — here’s one of the lanterns that we hung on the balcony.
A Diya (earthen lamp) as Diwali decor
Diwali is officially over, though it doesn’t feel like it — firecrackers are still being burst outside. Though it is meant to be the festival of lights, it has been the festival of noise for a few years now. 🙂 But it still remains one of the most widely celebrated festivals in the extremely diverse India. If there’s a book on festivals of India, a diya (earthen lamp) symbolizing Diwali would make for an apt cover picture.
Now that would be a thick book… or maybe it would be a series, since that’s the fashion these days! 😉