Shore temple guardian

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Comments (15)

© Carsten on November 18, 2007

Hi Marilyn, this is a good work with the light and the shadows. The face of this creatur is very good modeled out and works perfect in the yellow color. Very good.



Marilyn Whiteley on November 18, 2007

Thanks, Carsten. I was very fortunate with the angle of the sun, and I was quite charmed by the creature.

Greetings, Marilyn

Lilypon on November 18, 2007

He looks like a very content fellow and I too love the lighting. :D

Greetings, Pam

Marilyn Whiteley on November 18, 2007

Thanks, Pam. He was obviously just sitting there, waiting to have his picture taken ... and he probably knew he was at his best in that light! (It's hard to think that he had witnessed the huge Dec. 26 tsunami less than two months earlier.)

Cheers, Marilyn

Lilypon on November 18, 2007

As soon as I read that Marilyn I had to come back to see where you had taken the above picture! How hard was that area of India hit by the tsunami?

Marilyn Whiteley on November 18, 2007

According to our original itinerary, we were supposed to spend a night at a hotel just north of here. The hotel was gone, and the little fishing village immediately north of the Shore Temple (where this was located) was completely wiped out. I haven't posted it, but I have a photo of the wide, empty beach. (Thus the itinerary was changed and we had to ride back a considerable distance to where we'd stayed the night before. We passed one large refugee camp en route.)

As you see from the India map, this was on the east side of the southern part of the country. But even at a place we visited on the western side, we were shown a very high high-water mark on a large (and sturdy) building, and about 200 people in the nearest village were killed.

Some people considered not taking the trip (which was described as a pilgrimage to South India, visiting sacred sites and also some development projects), but we were encouraged to go--yes, to help the local economy but also as an expression of our hope for and faith in the people's recovery.

Lilypon on November 18, 2007

By the sounds of it it was by the grace of God you weren't there when it happened Marilyn! I remember looking at the T.V. in disbelief/horror when it happened.

I know many stayed (or went to those areas) just for for the reasons you stated above. No visitors would have been another disaster.

Marilyn Whiteley on November 18, 2007

There's a stronger instance of the grace of God, Pam. Our younger son and his partner were in Thailand at the time!! Fortunately they sent us an e-mail that very night--the only one on their trip--saying they were fine. Strange as it may seem, we weren't seriously worried, although it was a relief to hear from them. We didn't have their itinerary, but we knew they were eco-tourists, not "beach people." (Fiona worked for the Museum of Nature, and now she's working for Parks Canada, producing videos.) They were in some rugged area in the interior at the time. Actually their mention of the "earthquake" was quite casual ... Oh, if we'd happened to hear about one, they were fine ... But I understand about that: it reached them as rather local news, and the full impact wasn't known yet.

Lilypon on November 18, 2007

I truly had goose bumps when I read the above Marilyn. It's certainly different reading about it after-the-fact knowing how terrifying the effects of that earthquake were. Thankfully your family was in the right place at the right time!

Тилигузов Сергей on November 19, 2007

Не was witness great disaster, and he saw death of many people. If he could speak, he could tell many awful histories. When I have received the information on that earthquake, I have felt suppressed, and helpless before horrifying force of the nature. I thank the God that you and your family at this time were in other place.

Marilyn Whiteley on November 19, 2007

Very true, and well expressed. Thank you.

© Stéphane RAVERDY on February 23, 2008

Yellow stone !

Marilyn Whiteley on February 24, 2008

Many thanks, Stéphane.

sivakumar.hd on November 19, 2011

Stone Art... Old People(King Life)is very great.

Miro Susta on January 23, 2012

Very good detail image. Well done!!

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Photo taken in Fisherman Colony, Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu, India

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  • Uploaded on November 17, 2007
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    by Marilyn Whiteley
    • Taken on 2005/02/15 06:31:05
    • Exposure: 0.003s (1/400)
    • Focal Length: 22.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/4.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO64
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
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