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Copyright: Ram Thakur (ramthakur) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4306 W: 231 N: 13947] (56141)
Genre: Landscapes
Média: Couleur
Date de prise de vue: 2007-01-06
Catégories: Desert
Appareil photographique: Sony DSC-P200
Versions: version originale
Date de soumission: 2007-01-26 6:43
Vue: 4003
Points: 60
[Ligne directrice - Note] Note du photographe

Friends, today on the 26th of January, 2007, my country India is celebrating its 58th anniversary as a free, democratic republic. It is a proud moment for us Indians, especially living abroad.
Incidentally, it happens to be my anniversary too as a member of TN.

On this occasion, a retrospective glance into one year leaves me a happy man. In this period of my association with TN, I find myself richer in many respects. First and foremost is the widening of my horizons in respect of the diversity and richness of Mother Nature on this small little planet we share as a home. Secondly, my circle of friends has expanded beyond my expectations in this short period of time. Maybe I would not see most of them or their beautiful countries personally in my lifetime; still, at the back of my mind is this great feeling that now I have friends from all over the world which has truly turned into a global village through advancement in various fields of human endeavour, particularly in the field of communication.

I thank you all from the bottom of my heart for your compassion, understanding and kindness extended to me from day one when I posted my first silly picture one year ago. ‘A lot of water has flown under the bridge since then, but it has always been warm all the way,’ I said this to my dear friend Loot some time ago.

My picture today shows a little of the vast Arabian desert which has been home to me for the past four years. Saudi Arabia is a huge country with surprising variations in terms of its topography, climate, people and culture. Though my soujourn in it has rather been restricted to its capital Riyadh, I have occasionally been into the desert near or around it and have been fascinated by its vastness and variety of physical features.

This picture shows just a bit of the curious formations in sandstone carved out by the elements of nature over long periods of time. The place is just about 50 km out of Riyadh on the way to Mecca – the holiest place on the earth for all Muslim brothers and sisters in the world. I had joined a group of friends on January 6 this year for a day out in the desert and I took this picture from the edge of the highway.

Warm regards to all.

SunToucher, Argus, Bufo, jmp, dew77, saeedabbasi, loot, pablominto, uleko, Biswarup, pankajbajpai, horia, BEHRAD, RAP, metcher, peter_stoeckl, JoseMiguel, lgfoto, marhowie, mikou, anel, Alex99, fartash, HaBeMa, cedryk, sranjan trouve(nt) cette note utile
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Enchaînement de réflexionsInitiateur de la discussion Messages Modifié
A uleko: Thanks, Ullaramthakur 1 01-27 12:41
A horia: Thanks, Horiaramthakur 1 01-27 12:32
A peter_stoeckl: Thanks, Peterramthakur 1 01-27 12:20
A jmp: Thanks, Joseramthakur 1 01-27 12:13
A JoseMiguel: Thanks, Joseramthakur 1 01-27 12:07
A claudine: Thanks, Claudineramthakur 1 01-27 11:49
A anel: Thanks, Anneramthakur 1 01-27 11:43
A Bufo: Hi Jacobramthakur 1 01-26 10:05
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Hi Ram,
Congratulations with your one year anniversary and with the 58 anniversary of a free and democratic India.

I am gald you are showing us part of your new country. This is a really stunning photo which shows the beauty of a desert perfectly. The shapes of these rocks always impresses me. The composition and colors are wonderful with excellent details and wonderful soft lighting.

Thank you for all the beauty you have shown us in the past 365 days. Thank you also for your kind words in the critiques and notes.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5042 W: 260 N: 15594] (50624)
  • [2007-01-26 7:06]

Hello Ram,
Congratulations on your first anniversary with TN!
You celebrate it with a fine shot of an interesting desert landscape showing the effects of erosion and weathering and a few hardy bushes.
Even here there is interesting life: plants, birds, insects and reptiles.
Those acacia bushes, or whatever they are may be worth a closer look.
I look forward to your coming years' postings.
Take care mf,
Best wishes, Ivan

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  • Bufo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 404 W: 69 N: 951] (4247)
  • [2007-01-26 7:26]
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Hello Ram,
I sincere hope for a lot more anniversaries of you here on TN. You have showed us already really fine images.
I like the panoramic look of this one. It appears te be a very nice format for landscapes. The clolurs of the sky and rocks match really well together. Excellent sharpness and a fine composition too. Keep on going!
Regards, JAcob

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-01-26 7:52]

Hello Ram,
Congratulations on your and all indian peoples anniversary.Your post is magnificent,crisp clear and well composed.I liked POV,framing and exposure also a lot.Have a great day!

Hi Ram,
A good landscape.
Panorama view is appropriate.

Hi dear Ram ,
nice scenery with great colors.
nice sharpness.
thanks for this nice shot and your nice note.

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5551 W: 721 N: 4164] (11276)
  • [2007-01-26 9:01]
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Hi Ram

It is a sheer privilege, as a fellow TN member, to be able to say
and it is a great honour, as a friend, to have been part of this year and to say,
"May there still be many more" my friend.

As you said, a lot of water has passed under the bridge, but that has been wonderful and refreshing water. More than what you have in your photo of the desert (chuckle).

Anyway, I have to thank you for all your superb contributions you have made to this site. Your prolific work rate have seen 266 photos and 46 workshops posted to date (I only did 91 & 67 respectively in the same time so you utterly gave me carrots). Not that there was any competition, but I used my stats merely as a comparator. Further you have written an amazing 4,782 critiques (a whopping average of 13 per day) where you shared your remarkable knowledge and insights with us, which just further cement the fact that you are a valuable TN'er. Then there are still the many other forums and replies you participated in.

You have shown us a new face of your home country India and a fair share of your current place of residence Saudi Arabia. We have seen just about every little fly that came within shooting distance from you. But looking through your portfolio I just realised anew how great and far reaching your contribution was. You have shown us such a weird and wonderful collection of the fauna and flora you were in touch with over the last year.

These include: Landscapes, mountains, rivers, waterfalls and even some seascapes. You introduced us to some wonderful butterflies, dragonflies, robber flies, houseflies, flesh flies, mating flies, and probably a couple who did not survived long after the photo shoot (those are the flies I liked the best – dead flies). We’ve seen grasshoppers, spiders, rough & tough cockroaches, and an array of other interesting bugs, beetles, bees, etc. To round it all of we also had the joy to see some leopards, primates, and birds from you lens.

So, the proof is in the pudding – as this is one impressive portfolio. We say thanks and salute you.

BTW, your 'desertscape' is just great too.

Very well done and TFS.

Hello Ram,
Congrats on a full year in TN!
But maybe National Day is an even bigger occation... Congrats for sure!
And this is a fine image, featuring a desert landscape this time...
Well framed, great texture gives fine details and the beautiful typical colour is nicely reproduced!
Pablo -

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3423 W: 173 N: 3309] (10940)
  • [2007-01-26 11:07]
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Hello Ram,
On this day of India's 58th Anniversary I really wish the Indian people peace and happiness in the future!
Then I'd also like to congratulate you on your 1st Anniversary and thank you for many great photos and sincere, engaging, interesting and often humourous comments and notes you have posted so far.
I very much like this desert landscape from Saudi Arabia, beautiful shapes and colours and a very beautiful panoramic composition.
TFS and all the best wishes, Ulla

Hi Ram ,
Nice scenery with great colors.

Special thanks for your nice note.


hello mr thakur,

first accept my best wishes for a happy republic day,

another wish for celebrating your first anniversary with trek nature,

and yet another wish for posting such a lovely picture,

this shot looks lovely with the tones of white & blue in the sky above the carved sandstone by mother nature,

your note is excellent as usual,

thanks of sharing and best wishes & hope to wish you many more anniversaries here,


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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-01-26 11:39]
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Happy National Day, Ram and Happy TN-day, my friend!

And what a beautiful way to celebrate it!
Not only do these carvings in the sand look terrific, but also may have a aymbolic value: like a regular person going towards Mecca, your 1 year anniversary on TN is your road to the Mecca as a photographer...if you know what i'm trying to say :)
Anyway, the panorama is a beauty! The colors look outstanding, the composition is terrific and the presentation wonderful.
Very well done, my friend!

Bravo, TFS and To many more!

Hi Ram

Congratulations with the 58 anniversary of a free India and your one year anniversary .
Very nice landscape.
I like it.


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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2007-01-26 13:57]

Felicitaciones Ram por el primer aniversario entre nosotros.
Bella imagen con luminosidad y claridad retratando este imponente desierto tan particular por lo que comentas en tus notas.
Me gusta el punto de vista y el encuadre, aunque con menos cielo, podrías intentar la publicación de la versión LP.
Mis mejores deseos amigo!

Congratulations Ram for the first anniversary among us.
Beautiful image with brightness and clarity depicting this imposing desert so particular for what you comment in your notes.
I like the point of view and framing, although with less sky, you could attempt the publication of LP version.
My best wishes my friend!

Hi, Ram.
Very nice capture. Beautiful lanscape with good exposure and lovely colors. Sharp.

Dear Ram,
my congratulations to the celebration of your "first birthday" here at TN! Nice to read about the coincidence of this date as India's national anniversary - so I am very pleased to be invited to celebrate these two anniversaries with you my friend.
You have contributed a lot to TN during this short period of time in very educating, well describing and heart warmingly compassionate images, notes, and encouraging critiques.
Looking forward to many more years to follow in that way.
Thank you also for this rare presentation of the Saudi Arabian mind opening beauty of landscape. Not many of us are familiar with that country that has been your second homeland for the past four year.
With best regards,

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-01-26 14:50]
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Hi Ram,
This double anniversary does the January 26th a very important day! A beautitul photo of this desolated place for Nature, you show us today.
During this year you have been always an active member. Your very varied posts covered not just Nature itself but its inner and intimate echoes in your experience, what gives a immense and warm dimension to your work.
Happy anniversary my friend. I'll stay on line to see next year post!
José M.

Hello Ram,
Happy one year anniversary on TN! :-)
By the words on your note, I realize we all feel almost the same about this site, that so many good things and moments has given to us.
So here goes a triple congratulation, for your days in TN, for your country's independece, and of course for this magnificent picture.
You choose a beautiful landscape from Saudi Arabia, I like a lot that mountains and rock formations, their colors, and the good composition made to show it to us.
Hope to see you here for a very long time,
My best regards,

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  • lgfoto Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 194 W: 13 N: 279] (1536)
  • [2007-01-26 16:55]

Hi Ram, very special shot to a special event.Congratulation.TFS

Excellent panoramic capture to mark the year Ram. I like it very much.
I appreciate it even more because of the connection we all have at TN, and the heartfelt sentiments you have so eloquently stated here, today..
Very well done mf.

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-01-27 2:13]

Hi Ram.
I congratulate you to yesterday's double anniversary :-)
Your landscape with panoramic view of rocky mountains is amazing.Details and colours are splendid.
Well done!Thanks for sharing and for nice note too.
Greetings and great weekend.

Hello Ram,
I wish you a very happy anniversary to you and your country :) This is a beautiful picture to go along with a very nice note. I must agree with you on all points you mentioned about TN and those great friends we meet along the way. We should organize a world TN’s meeting and make a fund rising to pay for this trip :))) Wouldn’t it be beautiful? Or, you can all come to Mont Saint-Hilaire and we'll have a big party in my back yard, lol! I wish this could be possible...

This is a very nice scenery to celebrate this event. Exposure is great, details, POV and DOF too. I like this soft sky and beautiful clouds also. Thanks to you to be such a good friend here. Ciao,

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3049 W: 3 N: 8711] (40558)
  • [2007-01-27 9:53]
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Hello Ram,
Congratulations Ram.
You always find the right words to speak to the heart of people and to present various subjects, always accompanied by an interesting note.
In this picture you show your actual surrounding with colours quite in contrast with your Indian pictures. I like desert pictures, and this one is well presented, with a large part reserved to the sky; beautiful rock-formations too.
Best regards

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-01-27 13:28]

Hi Ram.
I heartily congratulate you and all Indian people on great date of our country history. As an economist I see huge achievements of your country in socioeconomic development. I sincerely wish your people of prosperity and happiness. As a "young" TN members I understand your feeling. One year among TN friend it is great event which can changes out life cardinally. Thank your for your nice pictures and heart words of your comments. Many new pictures, friends and impressions.

Your lovely picture shows the beauty of some place of Saudi Arabia excellently. I like your composition and strong horizontal cropping so much. With natural rich colous and excellent sharpness they cerate a very nice esthetic impression.
My best wishes and TFS, dear Ram.
Yours Alexei.

Hello Ram
Excellent work,
Perfect composition and nice


Hi Ram;this is colors very good,very nice shot,regards...

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  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 975 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2007-01-28 13:09]

Hello Ram,
All the best for you on the occasion of both anniversaries. I think there will be many more to celebrate with you in the future, here on TN.

But of course I remember that even if it's been only 58 years of the Republic of India - it's been also thousands of years of culture and history in your great country since the Saraswati-Sindhu Civilization.

Yes my friend - whether people in Europe know it or no - Indian culture is like mother culture for all of us.
Best greetings!!!

Hello Ram !
I'm a bit late but still I want to wisdh you a happy birthday on TN ! I love all your beautiful pictures and I always greatly appreciate your comments - you made me discover some parts of your beautiful country and I really wish that there will be many more pictures, many more birthdays.

Your pictures is very beautiful, it shows an amazing place with wonderful rock formations. Very well done !

Dear Ram,

I would like to add my congratulations to the many you have - deservedly - received.

I am heartened by your wonderful desert shots! As I stated in my critique of the closeup shot, the sight of the red sands and cliffs against the blue sky warms my cockles. AND it brings back many many memories! Those are SO good to have in the cöld winter here.

Salaam! Abu Jason.

PS Only one suggestion: include "BUSHVELD" in the categories ;) after all we do see some green ...

Dear Ram Sir,
Congrats (belated)! You have made desert into a charismatic panorama; so Ladakh looks forward to your talent. Do not deprive it with your kind of grand photography.TFS.
Regards: Subhash
PS: Read my notes on TL before going to Ladakh. Refer link http://www.treklens.com/viewphotos.php?l=3&p=265519

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