For the duration of this notice, unless otherwise stated, all images have been trawled from my photographic archives... 2020 was not my most prolific camera year, so have some catching up to do!!!

30 November 2013

TAKE TWO HUNDRED AND NINETY ONE

Saturday Symmetry

Continuing the views of Norbullinkga Institute in Sidhabari, Himachal Pradesh.  Everywhere symmetry. 

Taken with the 'Nik' on auto everything.




 

 
 
 

29 November 2013

TAKE TWO HUNDRED AND NINETY

"In three words I can sum up what I have learned about life...it goes on."
(Robert Frost)



























A Sidhabari rose.  Taken with the 'Nik' on macro mode.

28 November 2013

TAKE TWO HUNDRED AND EIGHTY NINE

Due to having to post ahead of schedule as am physically in transit this week, I am not taking up the Thursday Challenge for today - it hasn't been announced at time of posting...  It IS "last Thursday" though, when YAM takes liberties with piccies...



























This one wasn't good enough for the SUNday post, so simply downed the highlights to bring out the rainbow and added a simple line or two to give depth.  Result?  Looks more like Egypt than India!!!

Taken with the Uniden.

27 November 2013

TAKE TWO HUNDRED AND EIGHTY EIGHT

Wings on Wednesday - YAM's take on the good, the bad, the ugly and the downright hilarious of photographing birds.



























Black Kite flying into sunset - as I will be doing as I land into Heathrow...

Taken with the 'Nik' on sports mode and lens extended 16x optical.

26 November 2013

TAKE TWO HUNDRED AND EIGHTY SEVEN

The Tuesday Tease

copyright Yamini Ali MacLean


"I said please nicely.  Now I am pleading with you - can you hear what I hear...???!!!!"


This is Jade, who was my constant companion for 14.3 years.  Did you read about her adventures with her cat-bro' Jasper yet?  

If not, go here!

Today (night) as I fly off to Scotland, I look forward to spreading her ashes on a land she never knew, but I am sure she would have relished.

This was taken with the Minolta digicam.

25 November 2013

TAKE TWO HUNDRED AND EIGHTY SIX

Monday's Critters... I haven't 'bugged' you for a while!


























Taken with the 'Nik' on macro mode.

24 November 2013

TAKE TWO HUNDRED AND EIGHTY FIVE

SUNdays

Still flying into Mumbai through that stormy, sun-setting sky...


























Every second was breath-taking.  The 'Nik' was on autopilot  &*>

23 November 2013

TAKE TWO HUNDRED AND EIGHT FOUR

Saturday Symmetry

























Continuing to use my 'Norbulingka stock'!  The place was just oozing symmetry - which of course is intended to brought into life; balance is what beautifies this symmetrical wall and so too, life!

Taken with the 'Nik' on auto everything.

22 November 2013

TAKE TWO HUNDRED AND EIGHTY THREE

"The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched - they must be felt with the heart."
(Helen Keller)



























Himalayan peony.  Taken with the 'Nik' on macro mode.

21 November 2013

TAKE TWO HUNDRED AND EIGHTY TWO

This week I may not be able to link up at the Thursday Challenge, as am in last few days of getting ready for Scotland transfer.  Still, I wanted to use the keyword for the post.  It is ATTRACTIVE...  which I am sure is all in the eye of the beholder!!  Try this one on for size....

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This peacock at City Farm had a peahen to display to and he was doing his utmost.  Wish I had been able to record the sound of those feathers being 'thrummed'!!

Taken with the 'Nik' on auto everything but using 'vibrant colour' mode and lens extended to 3x zoom.

20 November 2013

TAKE TWO HUNDRED AND EIGHTY ONE

Wings On Wednesday - YAM's weekly look at the good, the bad, the ugly and the downright hilarious of photographing birds.























Have been keeping this one in reserve!  One of my own personal fave shots of the Bharadwaj.  Taken with the 'Nik' on auto everything and lens extended to 5x optical.

19 November 2013

MY TAKE TWO HUNDRED AND EIGHTY

The Tuesday Tease



"... and who was the bright spark who thought it was warmer in Australia than deepest darkest Zambia...?"

Another from the Minolta digcam archives taken at Taronga Zoo.

18 November 2013

TAKE TWO HUNDRED AND SEVENTY NINE

Monday's Critters

























...you knew it wouldn't be long before another dog appeared, didn't you?!

One of the stronger puppies at Sandeepany ashram.  Taken with the 'Nik' on manual, 200ISO and lens extended to 20x optical zoom.

17 November 2013

TAKE TWO HUNDRED AND SEVENTY EIGHT

SUNdays

Continuing the Mumbai sunset landing series...


























Taken with the 'Nik' on auto everything.

16 November 2013

TAKE TWO HUNDRED AND SEVENTY SEVEN

Saturday Symmetry

























The prayer drums of Norbulingka Institute.  Note the one 2nd right...

Taken with the 'Nik' on auto everything.

15 November 2013

TAKE TWO HUNDRED AND SEVENTY SIX

"Blessedness is not the reward of virtue, but virtue itself." (Baruch Spinoza)



























Taken with the 'Nik' on macro mode and 3x zoom.

14 November 2013

TAKE TWO HUNDRED AND SEVENTY FIVE

The Thursday Challenge this week has the theme PATTERNS... regulars will know by now that Symmetry is my thing!  So what do I have for this one today?..  will a dovecot do you?

`  © Yamini Ali MacLean




























Taken with the Uniden at Craigmillar Castle, Edinburgh.

13 November 2013

TAKE TWO HUNDRED AND SEVENTY FOUR

Wings on Wednesday -

YAM's take on the good, the bad, the ugly and the downright hilarious in respect to photographing birds.


























This was one of the very first shots I took when trying out the new Nikon L810...the 'Nik'.

Had it on auto function and the lens was stretched to the full 26x optical and 4x digital.  A little blurry and overexposed, but considering this black kite was resting on a tree approximately one kilometer distant, I was well pleased!

Thanks to Squirrel Queen for linking up last week... a reminder that I will be putting in the formal linky gain once have relocated to Scotland; but for time being anyone who wishes can do so anyway!!

12 November 2013

TAKE TWO HUNDRED AND SEVENTY THREE

The Tuesday Tease



"Alright, who giraffitied the rock then, eh?  Who, who???"

Dug this one out of the Minolta digicam archives - it was taken at Taronga Zoo in Sydney.

(That link will take you to a few better images...)

11 November 2013

TAKE TWO HUNDRED AND SEVENTY TWO

Monday's Critters



"I seeeeee yoouuuuuu, yes I dooooo!"

Taken with the 'Nik' on manual, 200ISO, macro mode, zoomed to about 8x optical.

10 November 2013

TAKE TWO HUNDRED AND SEVENTY ONE

SUNdays



This is next in the Mumbai skies series - how quickly it changed!






















Taken with the 'Nik' on auto everything.

09 November 2013

TAKE TWO HUNDRED AND SEVENTY

Saturday symmetry















The Norbulingka Institute held much symmetry within its walls - literally!

Taken with the 'Nik' on auto everything.

08 November 2013

TAKE TWO HUNDRED AND SIXTY NINE

"Truths and roses have thorns about them." (Henry Thoreau)

























Taken with the 'Nik' on macro mode.

07 November 2013

TAKE TWO HUNDRED AND SIXTY EIGHT

For the past few weeks I have been joining in the Thursday Challenge - was not sure I could keep it up, but so far so good and it is certainly fun.  For those who are dropping by from that page - thank you!!  Due to my current state of transition between continents, my time is limited so am not able to visit as many of the others as I would like... something I plan to remedy in 2014!

This week's theme is CITY - - hmmmm what have I got?...

Couldn't resist giving you a vision of two cities - first Sydney on a sultry February (late summer) day, with the greasy haze obscuring the North Sydney buildings, Opera house and Bridge.  Taken with the Minolta digicam back in 2006!

image `  © Yamini Ali MacLean
This young busker was drawing quite a
crowd - and so he should; I wasn't
quick enough to catch the one-leg act!


`  © Yamini Ali MacLean
Then there are these two, taken with the Uniden
in 2011, during the Edinburgh Festival

`  © Yamini Ali MacLean




06 November 2013

TAKE TWO HUNDRED AND SIXTY SEVEN

Wings on Wednesday -

YAM's take on the good, the bad, the ugly and the downright hilarious in respect to photographing birds.



























A Bharadwaj (common coucal) from my window at Sandeepany.  I love how the black feathers can reflect the light and look blue - it properly explains the word/name, 'krishna'.  It's all in the angle, the point of view...

Take with the 'Nik' on auto everything and 8x optical zoom.

05 November 2013

TAKE TWO HUNDRED AND SIXTY SIX

The Tuesday Tease

























"What is it with that woman?  Can a duck not swim without it's rear-end being spread all over the world??!!"

These ducks at the Horniman Gardens pond are asking a question - do you have an answer?

Taken with the 'Nik' on sports mode and 5x optical zoom.

04 November 2013

TAKE TWO HUNDRED AND SIXTY FIVE

Monday's Critters

























Every one knows, (don't they?), that the cow is held very sacred in India.  They get to go exactly where they want.  Or lie.  Whatevaaaaa...

(Do you know, I never noticed till posting this that there was one horn missing?)

Taken with the 'Nik' on auto and lens extended to about 3x.

03 November 2013

TAKE TWO HUNDRED AND SIXTY FOUR

SUNdays

(...back on track with the views taken from the flight back into Mumbai from Dharamshala...)











































These were obviously taken immediately in sequence so deserved to be kept together.  I kept wanting to reach out and clean the window!!!

Had the 'Nik' on auto throughout.

02 November 2013

TAKE TWO HUNDRED AND SIXTY THREE

Saturday Symmetry

























The next few Sym-Sat shots are going to be from the India collection.  Am building an OZ set now.  This was the cafe pond at the Norbulingka Institute.

I set the 'Nik' on manual 400ISO as the day was very overcast, but admit this is a tad over-exposed.  All learning...

01 November 2013

TAKE TWO HUNDRED AND SIXTY TWO

"Green is the prime colour of the world and that from which it's loveliness arises." 
(Pedro Calderon de la Barca)


























Taken with the 'Nik' on Vivid Colour mode, manual 400ISO and zoom extended to 5x.