South India Haiku

tall grass walking —
waves of grasshoppers
take the lead


one droplet
clings to the drooping point
of a leaf’s tip


red fire ball,
rising over broken
boulder lands


egret & ox,
patrolling the fields – a
baffling pair


when scale fades —
granite dome – forest-fringed,
becomes rock in grass

DAILY PHOTO: Atop Savanadurga

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Taken on March 28, 2015 atop Savanadurga Hill

Taken on March 28, 2015 atop Savanadurga Hill

Savanadurga is one of the largest monoliths in Asia. It’s located about 60km (40-ish miles) west of Bangalore. The top picture shows the hilltop from the trail, and the lower one is a close up of the Nandi shrine at said top.  Savanadurga’s hightest point is at a little over 1226 meters (4000-ish feet.)

 

DAILY PHOTO: Colorful Kolam

Taken on October 5, 2013 on 80 Feet Rd in Bangalore

Taken on October 5, 2013 on 80 Feet Rd in Bangalore

Kolam are chalk or (traditionally) rice powder drawings that one finds in front of entryways throughout much of South India. The practice has even carried over to other countries in the South Asia displaying Indian influence such as Thailand and Malaysia. Their drawing is traditionally practiced by Hindu women each day to bring prosperity to the household. Although this one was in front of a business as is also common these days. Some are much smaller and less elaborate than this one. However, some are even more elaborate and perfectly formed. They only last a day, and are traditionally washed away at the end of one day so that a new one can be drawn to start the new day.