Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Serial Sunset

For the first time in twenty-three train journeys to Hyderabad, I realised just how much we tend to take beauty for granted. I stepped out to the door of the coach and stayed there for two hours.

These are my attempts to record the progress of the sunset, my favourite time of day. However, I do not think that I could express my endeavour quite as well Borges does:

Music, states of happiness, mythology, faces belabored by time, certain twilights and certain places try to tell us something, or have said something we should not have missed, or are about to say something; this imminence of a revelation which does not occur is, perhaps, the aesthetic phenomenon.

-- Jorge Luis Borges, from the essay "The Wall and the Books"






The last image would have been much more beautiful had my camera been able to maintain both sport and night modes at the same time! Oh well! :-)


Again - author said...


Anonymous said...

too good. U should get ur SLR asap.


Anonymous said...

Next time when u come here, we should go to peacock lake with ur cam, what say???


incognito said...

Everytime you put new photos I change my desktop wallpaper.

Nice photos... especially the third one.

. : A : . said...

I love train journeys because they allow you to do just what you did. Nice captures of the progress.

lakesidey said...

Nicely :) Now you see why I love sunsets?? :D

Extempore said...

@Again - Author: You mean that nicely, right? :)

@P: I was thinking more along the lines of Pondi, Ettipotala, and Nagarjuna Sagar. What say?

@Incognito: Am glad to be of help!

@ .:A:. : Thanks! Appreciate train journeys far more now. :)

@ Lakesidey: I've always known, my friend. Am flattered that someone as good with sunsets and sunrises as you thinks these are nice! *hug*

wanderer said...

Beautiful.. especially the last one.


SaidBack said...

I liked the 4th and 5th pics the best.

Great stuff.

the cowlick said...

awesome! you're right.. train journeyes.. or even long drives are the only things that actually force us stop and smell the roses. thank god for them!

Anonymous said...

All those places yes, but, I guess campus will be something completely different. What say?


Hemamalini said...

happened to trespass on this chuckling to myself, cos the last pic reminded me of a mammoth porcupine coming to conquer the earth:D

Extempore said...

@Wanderer Thanks! :)

@Pepper: I cant wait for that SLR next month! :)

@Cowlick: Yes, I know... had a blast on this journey.

@P: Certainly!

@Hemamalini: :))!! Thats a new perspective. Thanks for dropping by and commmenting.

finnegan said...

ooh, these are surreally beautiful. the light contrast between the train and the landscape is like a dream.

Extempore said...

Finnegan, esp since you know so well about dreams, thank you - that's so nice of you! :)