Articles by Lavanya Kurup

Smiles and miles

Couple of years ago, in Bonn, feeling lonely in a strange city and also coping with a personal loss, I decided to go to the botanical garden.I happened to find a corner seat - after my walk-with pretty flowers all around, bathed in the warm glow of sunset, reminding me how soothing nature is.There were some people in the park, many whom I thought to be regulars, taking their walks, spending time together...Lost in my thoughts,I happened to glance up to find a gentle pair of blue eyes... continue reading

Hummingbirds

Of late, there has been an increased activity of Hummingbirds in my patio garden. These birds have always captivated me, because they look so fragile, but possess brilliant, iridescent colors in plumage, not to mention the impressive wing beat.I also read that the fastest recorded wing beat rate was about 80 per second, on a tiny (called Amethyst Woodstar) Hummingbird. Well, this makes for a challenge to photograph this bird - but I have seen some good pictures on DS and elsewhere.I'm... continue reading

Living by the Sea

I have always been fascinated by water, from the beautiful fragile dew drops caught in the early morning rays of the sun, to my early school science classes discovering the physical properties to the amazing power of crashing waves on rocky shores.When I moved to beautiful San Diego recently, I think how lucky I'm to be placed so close to the Pacific, because my home town was also on the coast.The beaches are a perfect place to practice photography- water, sand sun and even the moonlight cast... continue reading

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