Gaja, a severe storm or cyclone that was threatening the coastline of Tamil Nadu for nearly a
week, had landfall near Nagapattinam, creating havoc at the early hours of Friday
(today). Above 250 km away from Chennai, the coastal districts is at severe
damage of properties and lose of countless trees, but the precaution efforts taken by the state and district authorities really need to be appreciated and I
believe it is because of their efforts the worst has been prevent. Actually, Chennai
was predicted to be the destination of Gaja, but nature decided to be kind
toward us giving away the trouble to other part of the state. As I have been to
the places of Gaja, I could imagine what kind of destruction the areas face and
Vedaranyam being the eye of Gaja is isolated from outside world and it is
surrounded by natural saltpans and forests that should be faced heavier. I was
really worried about the Kodiyakarai; the Point Calimere wildlife and bird sanctuary,
which is home to number of blackbucks, wild horses and migratory birds, including
flamingos. Hope the nature wasn’t disturbed heavily.
Coming to the
post, I would like to share couple of skywatch shots from the other day morning,
when I waked up earlier than usual. Though it wasn’t an actual sunrise but for
me the sun just came above the trees and building to bestow its tender waves on
me that sense a lot to me. You could presume form the images that it was shot
from balcony using iPhone and few minutes later a jet crossed the sky and its
quick enough to pass and I could only get the contrail as proof. It was a pleasant
morning for me and waked up earlier left me more time for reading and other activities.
I wish I follow this pattern, though I’m someone don’t wake up before 8 am this
should be a trouble. lol
Shot from the night before Deepavali! I usually go out to see what happens around during Diwali esp. the evening or night before the festival of lights and mostly to the beaches in neighbourhood where people gather more to just catch up with the mood of Deepavali, and this time I went to Palavakkam beach and watched some fireworks lighting up the sky despite the time restrictions it was wonderful to check out. The photos carry some colourful light decorations from the shops on ECR that I shot when moving around in car.
Deepavali I had wonderful time watching fireworks that repeatedly showed up in
the sky from evening to night, from various angles it boomed the sky in dazzling
light and colours which kept me active on phone as I have no idea from which
direction a firework would light up, I was awake to capture some of the amazing
displays. I initially used the camera in firework mode to shoot the same, but
as many weren’t repeated kind I shifted to iPhone camera, which is quick at
shot, helped me get some neat snaps alike here, from the balcony.
year wasn’t great to cherish or bad to critic, but went neutral where I
couldn’t feel anything differenct; instead it was pretty bored for much part
of the day as most programs on Television weren’t amusing. And I haven’t
watched it as well. Though Supreme Court has set time limit of 8-10pm, which
was altered by the state govt. as an hour in morning and night to light
fireworks, there were crackers sound from morning to night but that particular
time period, Chennai was at its high – the time where we also light some
fireworks and joined the smoky eve hehe… it’s been years I have stopped buying
noise crackers and also conscious purchasing less smoking fireworks last few
this year the noise and smoke level was very low compared to former years.
Thanks to the hard rule by Supreme Court, that forced people to either give up
or control bursting crackers results in only bit rise on pollution level. But
to my surprise, when I checked the weather app today, three day after Diwali,
the air quality is poorer than what showed on Diwali. I wonder is it perhaps it
was national holiday that day, with less vehicle and factory pollution the air
quality should have shown better that what bursting crackers created. Huh!