SL-Week: Pride

This week’s prompt from Sylvain is Pride.

This photograph was taken from the top of the Tower of Seville’s Cathedral.  Why am I am proud of this photograph? It is because this is the first tower I climbed during my trip to Spain, (and its 35 floors above) without any support (i.e. nothing to hold on to) and without any help (i.e. without taking the help of my friends to carry my camera bag, which can be quite heavy with all my lenses and stuff). I am afraid of heights and I had a broken ankle the previous year and Spain trip was the first trip after my ankle got better. But still the fear of falling down again or slipping up was very much there. And while climbing this tower (which doesn’t have stairs), I almost stopped at level 24 and was sweating so badly because of fear of falling. But failing after halfway through wasn’t something I was ready to live with and so I slowed down and went ahead and finally when I reached the overcrowded tower, I was so overwhelmed with peace and contentment. And I was proud of myself because I didn’t left myself fail that day. 1-IMG_4656

WPC: Converge

For this week’s photography challenge: Converge

Where the patterns converge in the ceiling of the Seville Cathedral

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Two small hills converging in Goan Beach.

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and finally the convergence of river water and waves in Goa

Sea and River meets..see the X pattern waves

WPC: Achievement

For this week’s photography challenge: Achievement

a) Doing my first river rafting in Kolad, Pune during a recent week long vacation. I just loved it (and guess what I got into the water , of course with the life jacket and all after so much fuss and enjoyed it too, even though I sprained my neck trying to keep my head above the water)

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b) During my Spain trip this year, I finally got around my fear of going on my own (an after effect of my last year’s injuries) to the 34th level of the Seville Cathedral (without stairs and without physical and emotional support) and loved the view from there. I almost gave up after 20th level, but then decided to get going and get it done. For me that was really an achievement.

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c) And finally got the first photo book of  my 2013 European tour printed. I had wanted to get one done for a long time, but this year I did it and was so happy to receive it.

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