Tarana Patel Chatterjee #Reproductions
Homebound (Nova Scotia, Canada)
After a day of watching the Fin Whales, the second largest whales in the world, frolicking in the Bay of Fundy, we wait to admire the sunset and watch our boat on its way home under the setting sun. (Photo shot with iPhone 4S | on Instagram)
Moutwatering (Ahmedabad, India)
The best way to end a Gujarati meal is with delicious breadth-fresheners. Served in style in little cork bottles, these treats are heavenly after a perfect meal at Aagashiye in old Ahmedabad city. (Photo shot with iPhone 4S | on Instagram)
Sweet Musings (Los Angeles, USA)
I make sweet treats for friends when I come home to LA after a long trip. I have missed them and they have gathered to hear stories and fill me in on what I missed while I was away. (Photo shot with iPhone 4S | on Instagram)
Discovery (Los Angeles, USA)
Close to my home in LA, grown-ups and children enjoy this installation of shiny noodles hanging from the ceiling at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. (Photo shot with iPhone 4S | on Instagram)
Looking For Cherries (China)
I move to live in China at the beginning wintertime. After a couple of weeks of frolicking in the snow, the winter does not seem as exciting anymore. Its freezing! I start obsessing over springtime and the beautiful cherry blossoms in the royal garden.
Inspiration Point (Anacapa, USA)
Anacapa! This place is called "Inspiration Point." It holds a very special place in my heart.
Watercolor (Iguazu, Argentina)
We have hiked through the entire Argentine side of the Iguazu Falls twice. The water is mightiest at the tall drop right under the calmest river waters. I catch a rainbow as I stand in awe and find a strange peace in the loud sound of the gushing water.
Ruminating (Angkor, Cambodia)
A Buddhist monk takes in the sunlight from a window of an Angkorian temple. I am in the shade a distance away and I am charmed by the glow of his golden robes in the heat of the afternoon sun.
A Little Something (Inle, Myanmar)
Look who is in the camera! These are the moments and the connections we make with locals that makes travel a thrill.
Sunset in Lunenberg (Nova Scotia, Canada)
We arrive late in Lunenberg during our scenic drive along the coast from Halifax. The colorful buildings are a treat for a shutterbug. This is a UNESCO Heritage site where buildings are preserved in their Victorian glamor just like in the old days.
A Rest Stop (Vermont, USA)
I am amazed by the drama of colored leaves. This is our first stop on a long drive from Boston to Vermont. The orange carpet of leaves on the ground invites me to roll around and get orange all over me. (Photo shot with iPhone 4S | on Instagram)
6 AM in Tel Aviv (Tel Aviv, Israel)
I wake up to Tel Aviv; its 6 am. The tide leaves a lace of surf on the soft sandy beach. I am ready to dive into the shallow balmy waters before we go to explore Jaffa, the historic town far away in the distance.
Petra Rocks! (Petra, Jordan)
Petra truly rocks! It is a perfect example of human determination winning over natures challenges. Rose-colored rocks are unique to this desert where tribes and kings have lived, thrived, and perished. On a solo hike through the rocks I turn and find this beautiful layered formation that looks like a natural dwelling. Who must have lived there and when?
Oia At Sunset (Oia, Greece)
I was lucky to get to savor the world famous Oia Sunset for five unforgettable evenings in a row. Thousands come every day to experience this magical phenomenon. One evening, I hike down from the crowded viewing area to an abandoned cave home balcony. This is real Oia where the locals live and access the waters - their only way to get to the mainland far away besides flying.
From My Balcony (Oia, Greece)
One of the excitements of exploring a new place is to live like the locals do. I rent a small cave home in the breathtakingly beautiful town of Oia on the Santorini island in Greece. Away from the tourist track and right in front of the millennia old crater that forms the Santorini island, I wake up to find the Aegean Sea beaming at me. Bright white sugar-cube cave homes look peaceful and comforting this morning as I walk out with my cup of tea and reach for my camera.
Frozen in Time (El Calafate, Argentina)
Its 3 am on LagoArgentino and our high-tech yacht has taken off to explore the massive lake. We are prepared to see glaciers and hear them roar. A first for me! As the yacht moves to the wilder depths of the lake I see a frozen wave. It looks as if a snow fairy cast her spell all around us. We approach fluffy blue icebergs and the edge of the mighty Upsala, Spegazzini and Onelli glaciers. Speechless!
What Can I Get For You? (New Orleans, USA)
New Orleans, also known as NOLA is a fascinating city of varied cultures, jazz, and food experiences that are hard to find anywhere else in the USA. As the evening falls I walk in to an Irish Pub with some good friends. The friendly bar tender has just poured a glass of beer as if he was expecting us.
Music Is Everywhere (New Orleans, USA)
At the home of Jazz, New Orleans, the young and the more experienced come together on the streets to make music. This is a "Big Band" with various instruments and sounds that instantly make you want to dance.
Sprawl (Mexico City, Mexico)
The largest city in the world sprawls over every hillside and in to the horizon. This is a view of Mexico city at sundown from the twenty seventh floor. Like every large city, Mexico has its blend of the modern and the ancient and of generation gaps and lifestyles.
Pismo Beach (California, USA)
The California coast has some of the most beautiful sunsets I have ever witnessed. On our Highway 1 road trip, we stop at Pismo Beach, a laid back surfing town, for a burrito and a stroll and then, once again, the sunset takes my breadth away.
Life (Mexico City, Mexico)
Life happens magnified in the worlds largest city! I look out from my car window and find this moment. The picture is intriguing to me for its variety of expressions, people, and the different emotions they may be feeling at that very moment.
A Memorable Conversation (Teotihuacan, Mexico)
Early in the morning, we climb the mighty Pyramid of the Sun at the Aztec site of Teotihuacan. A couple has already reached the top before us. We strike a conversation about India and the world; they offer us some of their juicy watermelon, and just like that we get to witness a beautiful martial art form from New Zealand on the top of an ancient pyramid in Mexico. Travel comes with boundless discoveries!
Skill (Inle, Myanmar)
It requires great skill and balance to catch fish from a long and flat canoe. Inle fishermen have a unique art of fishing with a large hand-woven basket, a pole, and an arrow that they use to catch the fish in the water.
2500 Years (Yangon, Myanmar)
It is my first evening in Yangon, Myanmar at the sacred Schwedagon Pagoda on its twenty five hundred years anniversary. It is an extremely sacred event for the locals as not everyone gets to witness this auspicious day. I feel endlessly blessed to be there. I am enchanted to see families, monks, and travelers who have pilgrimaged from far and wide to get her to see full moon rise over the large golden dome of the Pagoda.
Who is There? (Mount Pipa, Myanmar)
The expression of interest and curiosity on the baby sums up all my emotions about why I love to travel. During a long and tedious climb up to the sacred Mt. Popa in Myanmar, a baby looks curiously at me and my camera while his sister carries him lovingly 500 steps up to the shrine.
Delicate (Bagan, Myanmar)
My favorite music legend, Yo-Yo Ma once said, "If you are not passionate about something, its work. But, when you are passionate about something its great work!" A lacquer artist at a workshop in Bagan, Myanmar works with deep devotion to create a masterpiece, an amazing ancient art.
Just Ran In To A Shutterbug (Bagan, Myanmar)
Happy to pose! This family of ladies strikes up a conversation with me. I want to remember their faces and attempt to capture their interest in me in my camera.
Ms. Sunshine (Mandalay, Myanmar)
The ancient U-Bein bridge in Mandalay, Burma acts as an important connector over the Ayeryawaddy river even today. This smiling face covered in "Thanaka," the natural Burmese sunscreen, comes towards me for a chat.
A Fine Balance (Mandalay, Myanmar)
Life around the U-Bein bridge may change with time. But, for now, it reminds you of the simple pleasures of a rural life that connect us closely with mother earth.
Footfalls (Mandalay, Myanmar)
Daily, the time to collect alms is special for Buddhist nuns at a large monastery in Mandalay. They begin with prayers and then humbly proceed to collect food and supplies that the people of the town come to donate. I am struck by the peace, the intimacy, and the immaculate attention to detail during this beautiful ceremony.
Armrest (Inle, Myanmar)
This old teak monastery on the way to Inle Lake is a beautiful reminder of ancient practices that still carry on. As I arrive and absorb the surroundings, I see a tiny arm wrapped with a red robe holding the rim of a large oval window. It fills me with intrigue for what I may witness inside this beautiful building.
Commitment (Inle, Myanmar)
Chanting of Buddhist verses by young monks fills the room. A senior teacher teaches without uttering a word. The boys show great discipline and devotion most of the times. But, when you stay longer and observe them, you see a little bit of mischief and a little smile here and there.
A Hike Through Inde (Inle, Myanmar)
Inde, an ancient temple site on an island in the Inle lake region takes you back hundreds of years. On a hot day, I follow my guide through an awe inspiring cluster of shrines and pagodas feeling the peaceful vibrations of the faith and devotion of the spirits that have passed by here for centuries.
There Is Always A Way (Inle, Myanmar)
Where there is a will, there is a way! Inle natives in Myanmar have a way of life most of us may have never heard of. They collect algae to form floating landmasses to build stilt homes and grow food.
Everest Sighting From Flight (Himalayas)
This is probably the closest most of us will ever get to Mount Everest - it is the peak that has a cloud hovering over it. As the pilots voice on a flight from Paro to Kathmandu alerts us about what is in view, I am happy that I am on the "Everest side "of the aircraft.
A Way of Life (Nova Scotia, Canada)
Church bells, and children running home after playing with friends - regardless of where you are there is magic in the tranquil evening hours that brushes away the stress of the day. We hold our breath as we stand on the other side of a small bay and take in the last few moments in this charming Maritime village before the sun calls it a day.
Enchanted (Nova Scotia, Canada)
In Nova Scotia and Maine, different species of trees turn in to bright fall colors every October. It seems as if nature reminds us right before the dark winter that there is a bright spring to follow. Every dull moment is followed by a bright one. That is the simple law of nature.
Illusion (Nova Scotia, Canada)
Can you find the earth and the sky in this frame? The mystery of where life begins and ends makes this one of my most valued shots.
Fairytale (Nova Scotia, Canada)
On a windy drive on the Cabbot Trail, I witness a sight that I thought is only found in fairy tale books.
Rainbow (Nova Scotia, Canada)
We are driving very early morning through the spectacular Cabbot Trail on Cape Breton Island in Canada. At a junction, I see this celebration of color as if the trees have lined up to represent the rainbow.
Chorus (Bar Harbor, USA)
We have hiked to the top of the Cadillac mountain in Acadia National Park, USA. The views are breathtaking all around us. I see the colors of the foliage at their peak and zoom in to a forest in the distance; I am delighted to discover a quaint little lake hidden in the foliage.
Beauty in Simplicity (Nova Scotia, Canada)
The morning dew mixed with rain gives a delicate effect to the nature around me as I hike through the Acadia National Park.
Timeless (Nova Scotia, Canada)
Standing under the warm colors of an autumn tree is an experience one does not forget easily. A rainy day makes the bright colored foliage shine like the rays of the sun.
Mood (Bar Harbor, USA
The coast of Maine in North Eastern USA is famous for its colonial mansions. During a drive through Bar Harbor island, we come across a beautiful mansion facing a rugged coastline. The fog and the colors make the scene feel like a dream.
Imagination (Bar Harbor, USA)
As I pan with my camera lens from a highway stop, I find this beautiful mansion on a cliff. Who lives there and how do they get their pizza delivery?
Pristine (Bar Harbor, USA)
A short hike in to the woods brings us to this pristine lake. The sky is overcast making everything around us closer and brighter. The water is clear and then I see the sun breaking through the clouds and light up the colorful fall foliage between two hills.
Survival Spirit (Angkor, Cambodia)
I am climbing a beautiful temple in the ancient city of Angkor when I notice a fisherman down below in this muddy pond. He is quiet like the lotus near him in the humid tropical heat. This picture evokes a lot of emotions. What comes to your mind?
Southern Charm (Savanna. USA)
This colonial home in the garden city, Savanna, reminds me of the movie "Midnight In The Garden Of Good & Evil." Savanna is a unique city with gardens at the end of every block. Its rose gardens and avenues lined with colonial architecture takes you back in time as while revealing the grand lifestyles of the great men who founded a great country.
San Francisco Heights (San Francisco, USA)
If you ever find yourself in San Francisco, hire a taxi and take a ride through the hilly streets. That is the best way to feel the eclectic spirit of city and catch glimpses of the sparkling bay that surrounds it on three sides.
Awestruck (St. Moritz, Switzerland)
When you reach the picturesque Swiss mountain resort of St. Moritz, take the cable car to the top of the mountain to be greeted by this incredible sculpture of a ram. He looks down at the valley reminding you to surrender to the beauty at your feet.
Interlude (Paro, Bhutan)
I am in Paro, Bhutan and the day begins with an exploration of grand palace and monastery. It is now an administrative headquarters. With the beauty of the architecture, handsome young officers in their Bhutanese garb, and the striking red robes of young and old monks, my camera has no dull moment. The morning sun sheds golden light that makes everything around us glow. I look down below from the palace and find a woodcutter taking a break; I notice the contrast to the opulence behind me.
In Search of Harmony (Jerusalem, Israel)
Whether you care or not, your heart feels a certain heaviness when you travel through the beautiful land of Israel. Jerusalem – a place where three major religions of the world converge. At the wailing wall heads bow in worship amidst young soldiers carrying large guns. As so many emotions rise, the camera captures Jerusalem - just the way it is right there in front of my eyes, quiet and grand.
Tea, For You? (Bagan. Myanmar)
Bagan! A dream comes true! I shall never forget the smell of the Bagan soil, the warmth of a perfect cup of delicate black tea, and the golden rays of the rising sun over 2200 temples that have stood there elegantly thought the ages.