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Friday, December 30, 2011

Wine barrels photo

Wine barrels made of oak wood impart a particular color, flavor, and texture to wine. Certain types of wine are aged and/or fermented in oak barrels.

wine barrels

Related Images: Wine bottles and a wine bar or Winery Pictures 
Or try the label Alcohol for more pictures of liquor.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Cooking on pavements in India

Cooking spilling out onto pavements is common all over India.These are photographs of people cooking on the streets and pavements in India.

The first two pictures are shot in Rajasthan, a state in North India. In this first one there are people with open stoves on the pavements. The eatery or shop has encroached upon the pavement and hot oil is boiling out there as people pass by.  A gas cylinder is casually attached to the gas stove.
hot oil endangering people on pavement

Something is frying here in the hot oil, outdoors on the side of the road. The clutter around the stove is dangerous for passers-by.
outdoor cooking by eatery

Cooking outdoors is now banned in Mumbai,  but continues nevertheless. The old man is stirring a small black kadhai or pot on a mini gas stove. This photo has been taken on Mumbai streets.
food cooked on pavement in Mumbai

Not just commercial establishments, but also individuals cook on pavements. One is used to seeing slum-dwellers cook on pavements outside their huts, but this picture is of a homeless person family cooking in the middle of the day in a posh locality near Churchgate in South Mumbai. Slums are nowhere in sight. Wood is being used to light up a small makeshift stove made with bricks. The girls was (not surprisingly) upset that the photograph was being clicked as this area is regularly policed as it is a posh area. 
girl cooking on pavement

Related Images: Road-side food stalls or street food or Road side vendors in India blocking the pavements

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Flower sellers in shops, markets and on the road-side in India

The use of fresh flowers in India are many. They are offered to gods, used as ornaments for the hair and the home, and also as gift items.

These are photographs of people selling flowers in India. There are more women than men in this area of selling. You find flower-sellers in busy markets as well as at street corners and invariably outside temples.

This is a woman in a busy vegetable market in her small flower shop. She is selling flower garlands of marigold and also loose flowers to be used in poojas.

woman in flowershop

Indian women often weave small white and orange fragant and sweet smelling flowers into a "gajra" and decorate their hair with it. Flowers are used instead of perfume or fragrance. This woman is selling these small flowers loose as well as strung together in a garland.

woman selling white flowers

This man is outside a temple, selling garlands to be used as an offering to God.

man selling flower garlands

This is a small street corner shop selling flower bouquets. These type of shops are found very frequently nowadays as flowers have become popular gifts.

flower shop selling bouquets

Another man, a flower-seller, in a vegetable market, selling garlands and betel nut leaves.

man selling flowers on pavement

Another woman selling gajras (flower decorations for the hair) for women to decorate their hair with.

woman on street selling flower strings to decorate hair

Related Viewing: Unusual Hibiscus or for more images of flowers try the label "Flowers"

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Temple Silhouettes

These are silhouettes of temples. Temples usually have less distinctive features as compared to mosques and churches. The spires are usually smaller and there are no distinctive domes.

This one is a silhouette of a large temple with small spires. There is a large open area for devotees to sit and pray.

This is a silhouette of a Hanuman Temple. The silhouette of a statue of Hanuman can be seen in front of the temple. Hanuman, is a Hindu deity from the epic of Ramayana.

hanuman temple silhouette

This is a small temple with one spire in the centre. A small flag flies at the top. Flags atop temples is common.

small temple silhouette

This is a tiny temple in a small village.

silhouette of temple in India

You might also like Diya graphics and illustrations and Sketch or Hindu Religious symbols or check out all the photographs filed under HinduismArtCulture or Religion or Temples or Silhouettes
Or check out silhouettes of symbols of religions like Christianity and Islam: Church Silhouettes or Silhouettes of Mosques


Monday, December 26, 2011

Victoria Memorial Fountain outside Buckingham Palace in London

The Victoria Memorial in London was built in 1911 is also called the Buckingham Palace Fountain but it is actually a memorial to Queen Victoria, an English queen. It is located in the centre of the Queen’s Gardens in front of Buckingham Palace. The area is a bustling tourist spot today. The memorial is built out of marble and is over 8o feet high.

victorial memorial or buckingham palace fountain

This is a closer look at the Buckingham Fountain or Victoria Memorial.
close-up of Victoria Memorial in front of Buckingham palace

Related Viewing: Buckingham Palace Panoramic View or Britain's Royal Emblem and Sketch
For pictures of more London landmarks: Free iconic scenes from London or Westminster Palace and Big Ben or London Eye
For London scenes from daily life:  or Musician in the London Metro or London streets with traffic, buses, crowds and people
Other Related Images from the U.K: Manchester aerial view or the city of Bangor in Wales

Friday, December 23, 2011

Christmas Tree Silhouette

This is a silhouette of a christmas tree with decorations and lights

christmas tree silhouette

(Silhouettes on this blog are all drawn by me and based on photos shot by me but this Xmas tree silhouette is drawn by me but based on a photograph from the web. )

Related Images or graphics: Church Silhouettes

Tomatoes in the market - closeups

These are pictures of bright red ripe tomatoes in the market. Also a close-up of red ripe tomatoes.

These tomatoes are on sale at a vegetable market in India. Tomato vendors can be seen in the background. Manual weighing machines are used to weigh the tomatoes.
ripe tomatoes on sale in the market

A close of ripe tomatoes on sale
red ripe tomatoes close-up

Related Images: Vegetable Markets in India or Carrots photographs and sketch or Frozen Peas
Or Manual Weighing Scales

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Truck Art and Truck Painting

These are photographs of paintings on trucks or truck art. Prettying up trucks and vehicles is very popular in the Indian sub-continent and these are photographs from India. Gods and goddesses are frequently used as motifs as well as plants and flowers. Truckers believe that religious symbols ward off evil and protect them from accidents.

This is a bank of a painted truck. These are paintings of women with pots on their heads and cows grazing in the background of hills, a lake and trees.
painted scene on back of truck in India

This is a close up of a brightly painted orange truck with motifs of goddesses and the lotus flower. At the front of the truck against a red background there is a small pot with a coconut inside it and this is a religious symbol.
brightly painted truck with religous motifs

That same truck has a picture of the Taj Mahal painted on the front of the truck.
taj mahal painted in front of truck

The eye of the truck!

The peacock is the Indian national bird and therefore this is a popular motif used for truck painting. The lotus is also seen in the centre of the two peacocks. The lotus has a religious significance in India.
peacock painting on back of truck

At the back of this tempo there are paintings which are entirely religious...the  swastika with the pooja pot with sacred leaves and coconut as well as the pink lotus flowers on each side.
religious painting on back of truck

Related photos: Swastika graphics from India or or Graffiti in Rome and Athens or try the labels below this post.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

View from Ajanta - scenery of rocks, caves and hills

A beautiful scene which can make a good header for a blog of a view from the Ajanta rock cave temples. The Ajanta caves are hewn out of rock which is in the shape of a horse-shoe. This photograph is taken from the inner curve of the horse-shoe (shaped like a "C") and you can see the rock caves on both sides, curving around like the arms of a C. There is lush green vegetation, rocks, and a small stream.

view from the Ajanta caves

More headers: Headers or Nature Headers
Or check out the actual Ajanta rock temple caves here with their intricate carvings and sculptures: AJANTA

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Old woman silhouettes

These are silhouettes of old women with walking sticks and in saris. All of them are wearing sarees in different ways but all of them have the sari pallu covering their heads in the traditional way.
In this one the poor old woman has a saree pallav around her head and is wearing the sari like a wrap-around. She is holding a walking stick in her right hand. The silhouette is of her back.

silhouette of old woman

This woman is also holding a walking stick in her right hand and is wearing a nine-yard Maharashtrian sari. This is a silhouette of her back.
silhouette of old woman in sari

This is a silhouette of an old woman beggar holding an utensil in her hand as she begs for alms. She is holding a stick in her left hand as well. The woman is wearing a sari with the sari pallav around her head. This silhouette is from the front.
silhouette of old woman beggar

This silhouette is of a thin old man with a walking stick in her right hand. She is wearing a saree.
sari clad old woman silhouette
For silhouettes of women in western attire: Young Women Walking Silhouettes or Silhouettes of Women in Uniform
Other related Images: Silhouettes of Couples or Village women from India - sketches and silhouettes or
try the label Silhouettes or the label Sketches for more silhouettes and sketches of people and buildings and monuments.


Monday, December 19, 2011

Mumbai Nashik Road Pictures

These are photographs of the Mumbai-Nashik highway, a section of the NH 3 (National Highway). It's a good road and not very crowded although it is a busy route.

mumbai nashik highway

This is the Kasara ghat on the way from Mumbai to Nasik. It used to be famous for its many accidents but these have reduced as the ghat is now one-way.

kasara ghat highway

kasara ghat road to Nashik

Related Photos:Mumbai Ahmedabad Highway scenes
Pictures of accidents: Accidents scenes - overturned and smashed vehicles photos
If you want scenery: Nature or Nature Headers or Scenery.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Vineyard photos

These are photographs of a Sula vineyard near Nashik in Maharashtra, India. 

vineyard in Nashik in India

This is a panoramic view of the vineyard.
panoramic view of vineyard

Related Photos: Sugarcane fields or Rice fields near Chennai or Palm Plantations of Malaysia
For a panoramic view of cultivated fields: Large images of open fields for headers

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Reed Flute Cave at Guilin, China

The Reed Flute Cave is a popular tourist attraction in Guilin, Guangxi, China. It is a natural limestone cave and the stalactites, stalagmites and interesting rock formations in all kinds of shapes have been decorated with multicolored lighting. This gives the cave its beauty and it is indeed quite a wondrous experience...a mixture of nature and art. This 180 million year old cave was popular more than a thousand years ago although it was re-discovered in the 1940's. (These pictures also make interesting desktop backgrounds.)
This is the main cave with the natural rock formations spread out like a miniature city, perhaps from a future fanstasy!
main reed flute cave

Reeds grow outside this cave (used to make flutes) and that is why this is known as the Reed Flute Cave. Inside the caves there are many inscriptions (in ink) and these date back to the first century AD (Tang Dynasty) and it is from these ancient inscriptions that we know that this cave was a popular tourist attraction even then.
Here you can see the stalactites and stalagmites curving upwards and downwards like spires and skyscrapers!
stalactites and stalagmites

Imitation of some type of underwater garden but this is underground.
stalactite and stalagmite cave garden

These stalactites and stalagmites look like carved figurines from a temple.
carved stalagmites and stalactites

These rock formations have taken human form.
natural rock formations underground cave

These rocks certainly look like mushrooms!
mushroom like rock formations

Images of tourist attractions in China: Tiananmen Square in China or Forbidden City in Beijing, China or the Xian Dance Opera or The Great Mosque of Xian, China or the Golden Buddha Statue
For photos of Chinese cities and people: Beijing Photographs and Skyline or the Streets of Beijing with people, traffic, cyclists, pavements and buildings or Or Shanghai Skyline by day and Shanghai Skyline by night or simply click the label CHINA to see more images of the Chinese people.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Wedding couple silhouette

This is an image of a couple kissing on their wedding day. This is a typical scene from a Christian wedding.
wedding couple silhouette
Related Images: Silhouettes of Couples

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Cell or mobile phone images and sketches of different types

Here are more than a dozen images of cell phones including single cell phones, cell phones in groups, sketches and colored illustrations of mobile phones and cell phones with the banned sign or cell phones with a cross on them. There are visuals of signs which say that cell phones are banned. Brand names of the phones are not visible. All of these images are of mobile and cell phones with qwerty keypads.

Three cell phones against a white background. Two black ones and one pink cell phone in the middle.

three mobile phones in a row

Here is a graphic or colored illustration of the image above done on photoshop. Three cell phones in a simplified illustration with basic outlines but you can see the qwerty keypad.
illustration of three cell phones

Here is a graphic of a mobile phone against a black background with colored lines outlining the cell phone. Glowing edges.
graphic illustration of a dark cell phone with glowing edges

A single pink colored cell phone in this image.
pink colored cell phone

One black coloured metallic mobile phone with a blue screen can be seen in this photo. Qwerty keypad.
a single black cell phone

A sketch of a mobile phone at an angle.
sketch of mobile at an angle

This is a sketch of a cell phone directly from the front. Qwerty keypad.
sketch of mobile phone

This is a graphic representation of three cell phones with a simple outline and a huge red cross across the phones.
visual representation of a cell phone not allowed

An image of a black cell phone with a ban sign on it.
cell phone with banned sign

A photograph of a mobile phone with a big black cross on it.
cell phone with cross showing banned cell

This is an image of a colored mobile phone with the "banned cell" sign.
fancy mobile phone banned visual representation

A pink cell phone with a large white cross across it to show that mobile and cell phones are banned or not allowed or permitted.

pink cell phone with large white cross

A graphic of a pink cell phone with a large black cross showing that cell phones are not permitted.
cell phones not permiited visual sign

A simple outline or sketch of a cell phone with a large black cross on it showing that cells are banned.
sketch of sign banning mobile phones

Visual showing that cell phones are banned. A sketch of a cell phone with the "banned" sign.
sketch of banned cell sign

You might also want to check out pictures of a background related to cell phones: Cell phone graphic backgrounds
For photos of cell phone towers: Mobile phone towers in urban areas
Or Laptop Sketches
For more electronic items: Apple Ipod stock photo