The Coastal Post

A vivid lighthouse standing high on the rocks, among the thick greeny palm trees always wavering to the coastal winds…
and seeing the natural-force of tides beating against those ages-old rocks, soaking the pristine grey sands beside,
and the water splashes and its plentiful droplets flying around forming a little white aura over the waves…
that is such an easing sight for me any day, regardless of morning or evening.
– That is the view of Kovalam lighthouse at the beach – a landmark with a touristic history.

Coastal Post

Participating with:
Nature Notes
Outdoor Wednesday
Waterworld Wednesday
Wordless Wednesday
ABC Wednesday

Arid Sands

The sand stories goes on… Humid airs survive in the sun there,
hot winds shapes and cooks the wavy, sandy landscape – day and night,
the season is fast approaching year after year, a great reminder of heat and suffering,
sometimes with comforting small oases between the arid sands…

Arid Sands

Joining with these photo memes this week:
Our world Tuesday
Haiku Horizons
Nature Footsteps Memes – catching the light

White Fireball

The giant white fireball shone bright-white
over the mighty mountains and the endless fjords,
in this mid-winter seasonal winds across an edge of Arabian gulf,
which saw centuries old history and still willing to witness many more…

White Fireball

Linking with these memes:
Skywatch Friday
Weekend Reflections
Share the joy thursday
Saturday’s Photo Hunt
Scenic Weekends
UE’s Weekend Challenge

Bright Blooms

Times with bright and fragrant blooms makes lasting marks in my mind.
They are petals of happiness and freshness, full of nature and life.
Nature’s patterns are unique and complex; yet, so beautiful to our senses.

Man mimics them onto a commercial product or an art or design, for lucrative benefits,
Sometimes leaving behind the real beauty of nature in their fast racing-lives,
Forgetting it or even gets negligent of it… What a loss!

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Here are some shots I caught when I was with them:
Bright Blooms1

Bright Blooms2

Bright Blooms3

Bright Blooms4

Bright Blooms5

Bright Blooms6

Participating with:
Nature Footsteps meme: Garden Light, Scottish Flower Bush
Our World Tuesday
P52 Sweetshot Tuesday

Luxury Lights

White Plumeria

Welcome 2014

As the circle of years revolve round and round, it’s that time of the year–
when a year gives its way for the birth of yet another year,
when the whole world celebrate this in the hours of this turn
in a spectacular display of fire lights to amaze the senses;

though it is only for the humans, and not the millions of species of–
animals, birds, insects, fishes or the plants, known and unknown!

Welcome 2014

Posting with–
Nature Footsteps meme: New Year
Our World Tuesday
P52 Sweetshot Tuesday
Click the above links to see other blogger/photographers take on the New Year theme.

A Bunch of Redcurrants

As we held some brightly colored redcurrants–which comes from the gooseberry family,
native to Western Europe, a relative of blackcurrant, tart flavoured, with minute sweetness,
used in jams, jellies and wines. It’s fat-free, cholestrol-free. Great source of vitamin C
and antioxidants. It also has great health benefits–in the area of immunity,
helps heart-diseases, prevents stroke etc. Read more about its benefits here.

Redcurrants in Hand

Posting with:
SS themed meme ‘In your hand’.
Our world Tuesday
Nature Footstep Meme-Catching the light
Sweetshot Tuesday
Memeaholics

Sources:
Wikipedia
Healthaliciousness

A Few Coppers

Well, now a bit of copper story… about copper coins and a very briefed history of the UAE currency-coins.

UAE has seen quite a number of currencies at least for the last 2500 years,
since the days of Greek currency known as ‘Darkham’ which prevailed then–it was during
the era of Alexander the Great. Then Islam spread through Oman and brought Islamic coins
made of gold and silver. Then came French coins of Austrian origin, Ottoman coins, and
Bargash paisa made by the Duke of Zanzibar.

Later the British-Indian Rupee was in use. When India gained its independence on August 15, 1947,
the new government replaced the British-Indian currency with Indian ones.
India allowed UAE and the Gulf countries (Middle East) to use its rupee as the currency,
and UAE continued to use the Indian rupee.

The Gulf Rupee saw reduced value afterwards, which affected adversely on trades and cost of living.
Gulf countries abandoned the Rupee and started using Saudi Riyal and Bahraini Dinar.

After the UAE Federation came into being, the dirham, which is the currency today,
began to be used in the country from May 19, 1973.

A Few Coppers1

A Few Coppers2

A Few Coppers3

A Few Coppers4

A Few Coppers5

A Few Coppers6

A Few Coppers7

A Few Coppers8

Posting to these memes:
NF Inspiring Photography – Catching the light
Weekly Writing Challenge: Multimedia Storytelling – The Daily Post at WordPress.com
Weekly Photo Challenge at WordPress.com
Memeaholics
Tones on Tuesday
P52 Sweet Shot Tuesday
Communal Global

Source(s):
Journey of UAE currency – Khaleej Times
Further reading: History of UAE Currency (Book), by Emirati Researcher and writer Mutaz Mohammed Osman

A Crown of Feathers

A bird in orange color with black and white wings, and having a slightly long beak.
It has a distinctive crown made of feathers. It’s the Hoopoe.
It’s also the national bird of Israel.
I sighted one of them in Khorfakkan, UAE.
A Crown of Feathers

Posting with Nature Footsteps meme – NF Winged.
Click the link to see other participant shots :)

Star Tracks

That holiday we traveled farther and beyond… hundreds of miles…
In search of darkness and peace… an escape from lights and sounds…
We reached the distant sand dunes of Liwa… felt so welcoming and friendly!

All to see the gloomy sky’s pitch black as pitch black, on such an amazingly starry night.
It’s a divinely feel to sight ten-thousand twinkles of stars… in never-ending breadth and depth…
Sheer angelic experience… Set aside everything else for these celestial shimmering wonders… and blink!

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What is otherwise invisible to the naked eyes, the stars we see – only kept moving and didn’t leave a trail or tail.
However, a DSLR camera can capture and record time-lapse images of moving stars in a galaxy, and with the help of image
stacking software, we can create images of star trails – a wonderful payoff indeed! -for the hours spend waiting and photo-shooting!

Since these are long exposure images, the shoot location has to be having minimal or no light, to avoid light pollution. These are shot from Liwa,
far-off from the cosmopolitan capital, Abu Dhabi.

There is another greater aspect that preserved our enthusiasm – our favorite activities – Food & Photography – barbeque fires & star photography! Left us sleepless!

Star Tracks2

Star Tracks4

Star Tracks3

Star Tracks1

This is the Desert Wingz’ challenge # 8 “Star trails”. I agree very much that this was one of a challenge and experience which I would again go for, in future.

Participants:
Nivin’s Wollreflections
Henry GL Photography
Shafeels Photography
& Firasz Photography

Plus, adding to Skywatch Friday photo challenge & NatureFootstep meme-Catching the light.

The Revelation

The Holy Book of Muslims – the Quran – is believed as a revelation from God (Allah سبحانه و تعالى), and thus this sacred text is highly revered
across Muslim communities all over the world.

It is widely regarded as the finest piece of literature in the Arabic language. The language of the Quran has been described as ‘rhymed prose’
as it shares both poetry and prose – it is more poetic in some parts and more prose-like in others.

Quran was verbally revealed from Allah سبحانه و تعالى in the year AD 609 to Prophet Muhammad ﷺ – the Messenger of Allah سبحانه و تعالى -
at the age of 40, through the Angel Jibril عليه السلام (Gabriel), gradually over a period of approximately 23 years, to the year of his death.
Shortly after the Prophet’s death, the Quran was collected by his companions using written Quranic materials and everything that had been
memorized of the Quran. Later, as years progressed, many copies of the same text were made and popularized around the globe.

It is the completion of a series of divine messages that started with the messages revealed to the first man of the mankind – Prophet Adam, and
ended with the last Prophet Muhammad ﷺ. The Quran has familiarity with major narratives recounted in the Jewish and Christian Holy Books
(Torah & Bible).

Holy Quran was revealed in the Holy month of Ramadan, the Islamic month during which Muslims fast from sunrise until sunset. Reciting the Quran
is regarded as a holy and rewarding act, which can be seen more than any other month. When the spirit is right, Muslims spend time reciting the Quran
with reverent love, ardent devotion, and zeal. In this month Muslims greet each other saying Ramadan Kareem, which literally means ‘generous Ramadan’.

The Quran is a miracle from Allah سبحانه و تعالى that it is protected by Allah سبحانه و تعالى from distortion or corruption until the end of the world.
Not one word of its 114 surahs (chapters) has been changed over the centuries since 7th century. The Quran is in every detail the same unique text
that was revealed to Prophet Muhammad ﷺ over fourteen centuries ago.

This is not all. What I’m noted here is only a very small peek. In fact it is said that if someone want to write about the whole of Quran,
he wouldn’t finish it even if he uses all the trees on Earth as his pens and all the drops of oceans as ink!

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This post is dedicated to the Desert Wings Challenge #7 “Ramadan Kareem”, which is actually a late-post from me. Any ways, I had decided to post
and not to miss my dear team’s challenges, I tried this. And for this challenge, I thought there is no other better subject than the Quran.

The Revelation 1

The Revelation 2

The Revelation 3

The Revelation 4

The Revelation 5

Visit my buddies pages for their posts/shots:
Nivin
Henry
Shafeel

Also posted in Nature Footstep Inspiring Photography – Catching the light 70.

Sources:
Wikipedia
Discover Islam

Further reading:
Miracles of the Quran
Harun Yahya


Aged Car

Am old and aged, in the shades of grey, with very basic looks and needs for a vehicle.
I don’t travel much nowadays, but I have gone enough in my youth years. I’m taking rest;
Occasionally I go to the neighboring towns and villages… That doesn’t mean I’m weak.
I may not have modern niceties in my racks, for my drivers and travelers. But…
I’m still a strong and willing Fiat. I can tour long roads and make road-trips happen.

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Joining with this week’s NF meme – Catching the Light.
Click the link to see more photographers and bloggers…

Cheers !

Manali Signature

The mere mention of the spot Manali brings me fresh reflections of tall and beautiful pine trees,
masking the large ice-capped mountains in the backdrop, that shapes borders with skies and-
the pure white clouds… Oh, there are so much there that I couldn’t capture in my frame,
like those lively apple trees beside the roadways, or the valley homes with gardens, farms,
and its lovely people.The whole scenery truly amazes every travel-lovers!

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… Then I thought why not add some more photos from Manali !
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A mountain-side road beside the endless stretch of mountain-stream overlooking a row of mountains:
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Conical forests of Manali. God knows what lives live in it !
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Homes beside the road, near the valleys:
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Posting with Skywatch Friday photo meme.
Visit the link to see sky-posts from many other photographers and bloggers.

Wing-shining

I saw it from a small distance… the orange tinge moving to the tune of the riverine wind;
I was luckily possessed with my cam at this moment, and I instantly zoomed into the little shining wings.
It clung to a long grass leaf strand, touching only its claws, making a perfect clasp so casual…

Wing-shining

Posting to Wordless Wednesday photo meme.
Click the link to see photos by other bloggers and photographers.

Cheers!

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