090 - sunset pswamy temple

In yesterday’s post, I had mentioned the name “Padmanabhaswamy Temple” and one of my blogger friends emailed me asking if I have a photo of the temple. Well, I do! πŸ™‚ It’s that tall, golden structure you see towards the bottom left.

As a child, I used to visit this temple often with my mother and I used to love it, but now I hate going anywhere near it because today it’s more of a tourist attraction than a place of worship, all thanks to this temple being labeled the richest in the world. Also, in the name of renovation, the beautiful temple pond has been drained out, and it seems some of the stone structures surrounding the temple have been demolished. Maybe I am overreacting and after renovation things will actually be better than earlier, but somewhere deep inside I know it’s not going to happen.

As for this photograph, this is THE most beautiful sky I think I’ve ever seen in my life! I normally carry my point and shoot cam with me at all times, but on this day I only had my brother’s iPhone 5, and I knew there was no way the tiny sensor in the phone was going to expose this scene correctly. So I took two shots resting my phone on a stable surface to try and get as perfect an alignment as possible, one exposed for the sky and the other for the building and the pond, and I merged both together to get a balanced photograph.

Too many sunset posts can be irritating, so I think I’ll stop with this one. πŸ™‚



  1. I like that you used square format and gave so much of the composition to the sky. More of a traditional landscape composition and aspect ratio wouldn’t have allowed for this. Great choice in the moment!

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  2. Stunning and gentle. I appreciate you mentioning how you created the photo. I hear the love you have for this place and your disappointment at how the energy has shifted from it being a place of worship to a big tourist attraction. I imagine the renovations and draining of the beautiful pond sadden you and that you miss the place as you knew it in the past.

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  3. Gorgeous sky.

    Yes, sunsets (and sunrises) can be a bit repetitious, but what if you’ve got one of your 3 blogs devoted to nothing but sky/cloud colours as I have. The silhouette, or skyline, I see from my current apartment balcony rarely changes, but the clouds and sky colours are truly magnificent in Melbourne, Australia. So much so that I have one whole blog devoted to the sky, (apart from my B & W street photography and colour Nature Photography, which is more of a daily/weekly diary).


    This post back in 2015 shows the variety of colours in just one night. https://vickialfordblog.wordpress.com/2017/05/29/20th-december-2015-sunset-summer/

    Feel free to delete this comment after you’ve read it, as there’s nothing I hate more on my own blog are commenters/followers trying to entice people to their blog by listing their website at the end of a comment, or use other people’s blogs for commercial gain (if their blog is their company’s website).

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    • Thank you so much for this comment Vicki. And no, I won’t delete this comment. There’s absolutely nothing wrong in a bit of self-promotion. Who knows, maybe somebody visiting my blog would see this comment and she/he might be really interested in checking out your links. So this comment will definitely stay here. πŸ™‚

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  4. Sky and cloud patterns just make me so happy, one of nature’s most amazing creations – it’s the same thing yet always so different……and that little story adds to the photo making it all the more colourful and beautiful!
    Hope some day you go and see the gorgeous skies in the mountains. You’ll go crazy, I tell you πŸ˜€

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