On a cool Saturday morning last weekend, we decided to do some shooting at the Lalbagh Botanical Gardens. Not to worry, folks. No criminal activities were indulged in here. And no insects were harmed in the process either.

Morning rays

For those who are not from Bangalore, Lalbagh is a rather interesting place in the mornings. The place is filled with people even as early as six – exercising, praying, shaking legs and arms, making loud breathing sounds, dancing, sitting around, walking and even, praying.

So armed with our equipments – cameras, lenses, tripods – we set off for Lalbagh. Shankar, for some reason, decided to don full full jungle regalia as if we were going to a wildlife sanctuary. We spent a good four hours (you don’t realize how time flies when you’re having fun and it’s so true!) taking pictures.

Come sit by me

When Kaushik, who I shall now call the Γ’β‚¬Λœinsect mating specialist’ (and here’s proof for you too!) found 2 insects making out, Shankar was excited since he could now exercise his macro lens, jazzy tripod and flash. They spent well over 2 hours photographing the co-joined bugs : I am not kidding!

Sabir and I wandered around a bit and found other interesting sights ahead. An old ruined structure, where we spent a good hour taking pictures of a bicycle. What I like about this hobby is that one gets so completely immersed in it that nothing else matters at that moment. No worries, no frivolous domestic errands, no pressing problems to bother you : just you and your equipment and of course, a few willing (and not so willing sometimes) subjects.

The blue door

I sat down finally on a bench to take a break when a a woman cutting grass on the lawns came and sat beside me on the bench and began a Kannada conversation with me. I didn’t fully understand her of course, but I did get the drift. She was asking for money for no known reason! I decided it was time to leave then. But not without a filling breakfast of rather yummy dosas and idlis at MTR nearby. A morning well-spent.

The Lalbagh set

28 thoughts on “Things to do on Saturday morning

  1. Lovely pics! And you know what, I KNOW that bench you have snapped! πŸ™‚ And the last pic – with the bicycle is a lot like the cover pic of Gurcharan Das’ book “The Elephant Paradigm” πŸ™‚

  2. dear Anita,
    landed at your site thanks to the mention by Desipundit. So enjoyed the photos — and promptly (first the confession, then the permission-request) wrote a poem based on one of them & assembled on my blog. This sometime-custom (borrowing a photo-image from somebody’s blog & finding my way into a poem through pondering the image) is a kind of literary exercise I’ve sporadically employed.

    Here’s formerly & properly (though mildly after-the-fact, but the thing of course can be deep-sixed) requesting permission for the noted borrowing, viewable here:

    (or maybe that should be given as: here)

    cheers & hat-tips,

  3. Hi,
    I had come across one of your article sometime back, probably in rediff — an article on your travelling to Guwahati. This is the first time I had actually get to see your blog. It is nice. Specially, the photographs. They are really nice. Keep it up.

  4. Anita,
    You should come on the LalBagh Walk organized by BangaloreWalks. It will give you a totally different perspective on this amazing place, and I daresay we can show you several interesting things in the park that you would never have noticed on your own. The walks are conducted every Sat & Sun morning from 7 to 10am, and end with a great MTR breakfast (without the wait!). Check http://www.bangalorewalks.com for details and testimonials. I highly recommend it!

  5. great photos! I’m from Bangalore (but transpalanted in Delhi) and looking at the lalbagh photos really took me back. I have a few photos on my link.

  6. Beautiful photographs– perfect for a rainy morning, a daydreaming drizzle type of morning…my eyes seeth what makes my heart soar. πŸ™‚

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