May 26, 2017

More Than a Miracle

The car balanced itself on a fallen tree that bridged a stream below Goucher Boulevard in Towson, MD

What baffled those who were at the accident scene was not how lucky the occupants were to survive the crash without suffering even a scratch, but how did they manage to land the vehicle on that fallen tree! I still wonder how that happened.
February 6, 2014 was a sunny day. The roads were dry and there was no snow or ice anywhere to be seen. Though the posted speed was 35mph, the car was cruising at a steady 25mph. The curve ahead seemed clear and dry and the speedometer dipped to about 20mph as I took the right turn. Suddenly I lost control of the car as it skidded all over the road. It was too late for me to notice a patch of black ice at the turning! In a split second, the vehicle jumped the curb and sped down a hillock towards a stream 20 feet below. I thought I was going to hit a tree or a rock. Nothing was on the path to break the fall. And it all happened in a jiffy.
As the car stopped abruptly, I came to my senses and found myself still in the seat and without bodily injury. I sat there dumbfounded. Slowly it dawned on me that I was not alone. And not out of danger yet. I looked at my wife who was still in her seat but equally dumbfounded and without any bodily harm!
The rescue crew from the County Fire Department that arrived soon after had only one word for us: “Someone up there is looking after you!” Thank God for that someone whoever it was.

April 16, 2017

A Fallen Tree

A fallen pine tree by a stream in the West Kill mountains, NY.
Medium: Watercolor | Paper: Arches Cold Press
Some information about the place:
The stream ends up in the West Kill River. The West Kill flows for 11 miles before entering
Schoharie Creek just below the village of Lexington. Wild trout are found throughout the stream,
but they are most abundant in the upper 8 miles. Wild brown trout can be found in all sections of the stream, but rainbow trout are found mostly in the lower reaches, and brook trout numbers increase as one heads upstream.
(Source: Department of Environmental Conservation, New York State)

January 30, 2017

That iPhone Shot: X.O.

North light from the windows and some manipulation of the light
helped make this picture on the kitchen countertop click.

November 7, 2016

Old Church

Methodist Church on Spruceton Road, West Kill.
West Kill is a hamlet of Lexington, Greene County, NY.

Watercolor sketch from my sketchbook 

October 20, 2016

Pappy: A Neighbor

Watercolor illustration of "Pappy," a good old neighbor at my erstwhile home in Karivara. It's a remote village in the picturesque High Range of Kerala. The illustration is based on a photograph I'd taken while visiting Karivara in 2012.

Arches Cold Press Watercolor Paper 300 gsm | 22x15

October 18, 2016

V.S.O.P. on Coffee Table

According to Donald Trump he does not drink or smoke. Me either. The similarities end right there. But I do like something about most booze: their captivating labels. Small wonder I keep coming back and looking at them in many different ways. Especially through the eye of a camera. Here's one such look at the French brandy, St. Remy, clicked right on my coffee table with an iPhone.