Sunday, 10 January 2010

New Year 2010







New Year 2010

There could be lot of ways to celebrate the New Year. One would want to party all night from 31st December into the New Year, another would want to get up early in the morning on 1st and go to some temple. Some may want to watch all the programs in the TV and some may visit their friends and relatives.
I and Shrinidhi decided to catch a glimpse of Chennai from a few feet above. No, certainly no aerial stuff involved here, just travel from Park Station to Velachery and back in the MRTS train and click some snaps. Though there are no great photographs of the city, we did have a good time traveling in the train and again for a short distance in the bike.
We met up in the Park Town station at around 10:30 on Jan 1st, boarded the train to Velachery and started clicking a few photographs of the city while on the move. When we crossed the Taramani station, we saw some ponds created by recent rains in the city and some water birds. This water could also be from the Pallikaranai Lake, but not sure. We noted the spot so we could return there sometime and proceeded to Velachery. The total travel would not have been more than 45 minutes in the train. Once we got down from the train in Velachery the patterns created by the railway track attracted me. When I tried to take a photograph, a cop stopped me and reminded me of the fact the railways stations are not be photographed, for security reasons. I informed him that I completely forgot the fact and kept the camera inside and thanked him for reminding me. Also thanked God that they did not find me photographing some of the stations when the train stopped. J
I am not posting those pictures, as I do want to cause any security breach.
We came out of the railway complex and walked up a bit to a nearby pond, again I think, created by recent rains. There were some birds, which we photographed and decided return back after strolling a bit for some time. We had an alternate plan, as always, hope you guys did not really believe that we would stuck to our original plans. Did you? Anyway, we got down at Tiruvanmiyur station itself, where Shrinidhi had parked his bike. This time we took the path along the path (there really was none) along the railway track. We reached the Taramani station where we spotted some birds, spent a few minutes there and took a couple of pictures and returned back to Tiruvanmiyur. It was already past noon, so we decided to have some refreshment and return back home.
I got tickets till Nungambakkam station from Tiruvanmiyur, which requires a change over at Park Town. So got down at Park Town and while I was about to cross over to the other platform for my train, I caught sight of some parrots and other birds in the erstwhile Central Jail within the compound on the other side. So, needless to say, I spent a few more minutes there clicking a couple of more pictures and then returned back home for a deserving full meal and nice, short, afternoon nap.
End of story guys, will catch you soon with more updates. Hope you guys also have something to share about the activities of the NEW YEAR 2010.




10 comments:

sandeep said...

wish u a gud new year!

i am not convinced that banning photography is improving the security situation - it hardly helps

Trails of a Traveler said...

You are right Sandeep.

Shrinidhi Hande said...

this was a good exercise.Need to blog about this.. will do soon

Trails of a Traveler said...

It certainly was Nidhi. Blog on this soon,..

Arun said...

A good start to the new year. Looking forward to great posts as the year goes by....

Arun

joshi daniel said...

wish you a happy new year 2010 even if its a bit late :p

joshi daniel said...

wish you a happy new year 2010 even if its a bit late :p

Trails of a Traveler said...

@Arun: It certainly was. I am looking forward to more such activities this year

@Joshi: Thanks! It is never late for a good wish! :D

Linda (PA_shutterbug) said...

I want to thank you for the comments you have left on my blog. I thought I had already subscribed to your blog. I was mistaken, but I am now subscribed. I enjoyed reading about your New Year's Day excursion. I can tell that you like birds :-).

Trails of a Traveler said...

You bet Linda! I am even thinking of a bird photography trip sometime this year when time permits. And what best could be equipment that our Oly with ZD 70-300 for that! :)