Maybe you reach to the nightstand before getting out of bed or look forward to checking your phone more than your lunch break while you’re at work. It may just be an app, but Instagram has the power to bring a little bit of joy into each and every day as we find exactly what we are interested in and have it delivered with a single swipe. It has something for every interest and if you happen to be a canine lover with an affection for the outdoors, you too can discover a little inspiration, a couple of laughs and a few warm-hearted moments while taking a scroll. For a bit of puppy love and a whole lot of nature, check out these 15 Instagram accounts. [Read more…]
The words of Aim’e Cesaire come to my mind as the Maruti Gypsy powers over the loose gravel on the NH10 enroute to Sikkim.
Hurray for those who never invented anything
Hurray for those who never explored anything
Hurray for those who never conquered anything
But who, in awe , give themselves up to the essence of things
Ignorant of the shell , but seized by the rhythm of things
Not intent on conquest ,but playing the play of the world
I close my eyes and settle back into the upholstery, dreaming away the centuries on the southern slopes of the Himalayas and fight back the waves of nausea that well up within me. I am headed to Lachung in the north eastern state of Sikkim with my two little girls in tow. Until the 1950’s, the kingdoms of Sikkim , Bhutan, and Nepal were unknown to the West. Visitors were not welcome and the locals stayed untouched by foreign ideas. [Read more…]
“My photography journey started not too long ago when I was living in Hong Kong. I lived there in 2012-2013 and photography became a big passion of mine during my stay. The people, the city, the surroundings, nature… just everything was so lively and different.”
When viewing the images of Albert Dros, it is clear to see that home is where the heart is. He shows us that “home” can be as simple as a 1 hour trip on a bus, or a quiet moment sitting in a boat as it gently rocks back and forth in the harbour. Home is a beautiful, quiet place where we can be ourselves, even if the busy nature of modern life buzzes on around us. [Read more…]
Vermilion Cliffs National Monument and the rugged Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness Area within it are located in Arizona, immediately south of the Utah state line. Established in November of 2000, the Monument celebrates its 15th anniversary this year. This remote, unspoiled 294,000-acre national treasure is most often and conveniently experienced by tourists driving the Arizona Strip along Highway 89a, following the 3,000-foot escarpment of the Vermilion Cliffs themselves.
The towering cliffs reveal 7 major formations in layered cake-like fashion. It is a geologic wealth in itself, yet they are just the beginning of the bounty they protect. [Read more…]
The Spiti Valley in the Indian Himalayas is a unique high-altitude location that has remained pristine mainly due to its inaccessibility and sparse population. It is almost devoid of vegetation and numerous Buddhist monasteries nest on its rocky slopes. Because of this, it is often called “Indian Tibet” – and indeed, the local population is much closer to Tibetans in their lifestyle than it is Indian. [Read more…]
It is said that a landscape is its own photograph, but the photographer must still be able to catch the essence of what they see with their eyes. You’ll find hikers taking pictures almost everywhere, but when it comes to taking amazing photographs, it is not where you look that matter. It is what you see.
Photography in the mountains has its own unique set of challenges. The next time you trek up a mountain, keep these tips in mind and you’ll be able to enjoy the beauty of the ascent, finish your climb safely, and take some amazing photographs along the way. [Read more…]
The first thoughts that come to mind when seeing the work of Chuck Whitmore involve perfection. Whether he is documenting a journey through New Zealand or exploring the intricacies of the human form, Whitmore has a true talent for picking out the perfection of a moment. His images speak of the nostalgia, grace, and wonder that help us all define ourselves as we journey through each day.
The first thing that stands out in the imagery by John Morey is its simplicity. They are the images that we might see every day as we go about the duties of life, yet John has lifted these images to new levels. “Claude Monet said it best,” he told Travelled Paths recently. “For me, a landscape does not exist in its own right, since its appearance changes at every moment; but the surrounding atmosphere brings it to life – the light and the air which vary continually. For me, it is only the surrounding atmosphere which gives subjects their true value.”
It is that life which Morey brings in a wide variety of landscapes. Whether it is the brilliant yellow of an Aspen tree that has succumbed to the coming Autumn or the brilliance of the night sky against a desert backdrop, his unique vision shows us the way life could be if we just would slow down a little bit every day.
Finding peace is the inspiration that Morey finds in every image. Sometimes that comes after spending 26 hours in bad weather. At other times, it comes from the luck that only a photographer seems to have once during a lifetime. Either way, the strength of peace and harmony clearly outweighs any other message that could be received with his amazing shot. [Read more…]
When I first met C.S. Ling, I couldn’t have been more impressed. There is a certain aura about her that gives everyone she encounters a certain confidence in their own passions. It is because the passion she has for her art comes through with every action, every movement that she takes. It is very easy to understand why she earned the title of being one of the “Great Women of Our Time” by Singapore Women’s Weekly Magazine in 2011 for arts and media. [Read more…]
We count ourselves blessed to have the support of so many people during the Singapore Blog Awards 2014 contest. Fans and readers like you support us with your votes and we have partners and associates supporting us in sponsoring their items to help us win the in the voting contest which carries 30% weight on overall results. [Read more…]