When we talk of infinity, the first thing that comes to mind is a horizon. Theoretically, a horizon is simply a line demarcating the limits of the planet but if you think about it, the moment one gets to a horizon, there’s always another one in front, hence deeming the Earth as a limitless circle of life.
*Lion King vibes intensify*
Another cool thing about horizons is it versatility. A horizon can range from the sea shore to mountains to skylines to towers and even to monuments. Besides, it is not only a viewing point for sunrises and sunsets, but also a glimpse of the expanse of a city and sometimes, it’s simply a means of overwhelm by showcasing the vastness of the Universe.
So without further ado, Imma show you the ends of the Earth from across the planet.
The Kanchenjunga Mountains forming an icy horizon as seen from a viewing spot on Tiger Hill in Darjeeling, India. This is a sunrise at about six in the morning with tourists from all over the world huddled in their warmest attire, for a glimpse of the crack of daylight over the third highest mountain in the world.
A horizon showing an endless expanse of clouds at Stirling which is the ‘brooch that connects the Scottish Lowlands and Highlands’. I was very lucky to get the Wallace Monument in the picture considering I took it at random from the bus and the photobombing sheep sure add to the scenery. Finally, I’d like to say this,
The Sun going down despite Elton’s heartfelt ballad at Ha Long Bay, Vietnam. I like how the cliffs blend into the sky and it gives me a feeling of something mystical lurking amongst them. Ha Long Bay is one of the most interesting places I’ve been to, complete with mysterious caves, a forbidden love story and jellyfish.
The Acropolis atop a hill in Athens, Greece. I included this picture specifically for its broken horizon that surrounds the monument, giving the ancient shrine a commanding position over the city. It’s almost as if Athena is looking down upon us mere mortals, taking in the human intellect as far as the eye can see, probably awed by the Big Brain Energy™ we radiate.
A horizon in glaring sunlight at the Marine Drive in Mumbai, India. I like how the rocks, known as tetra-pods contrast with the sunlit sea and the silver sky. These tetra-pods are used to prevent the sea from crossing the land boundary and each four-pronged stone weighs about two tons. Marine Drive is a lovely road bounded by the sea with a nice pavement where one can just sit by the sea and give in to wandering thoughts, complete with a skyline known as the ‘Queen’s Necklace’. This place is one of my favourite places in the city of Mumbai.
Twilight descending upon the town of Fira in Santorini, Greece. I love the colours blending into each other at the horizon and the whole mood of the world slipping into its evening gown and lighting up as the Sun bids its farewell. What makes Santorini a delightful photographic scene is the setting of its landscape with settlements and buildings built neatly on the sloping cliffs leading into the Mediterranean. It shows the stark contrast between man and nature in the most beautiful way, enhanced further by the sunsets which is one of the highlights when travelling here.
La ville de Paris! I love how the Eiffel Tower commands over the entire skyline of Paris as the sun sets over the city. Here’s a structure that never fails to give me goose-pimples just by the mere thought of it. Seeing the Eiffel Tower for the very first time is truly daunting as no one can fathom how huge it actually is unless one has looked at it. And once you’ve laid eyes upon it, the tower tends to follow you everywhere you go. Or maybe its just you, as a tourist looking for it at every point in the journey, just to relive its majesty at every moment. In this picture, I also like the blurred effect of the horizon which really brings out the tower in its full effect.
The Angkor Wat in Siem Reap, Cambodia, forming a horizon with its four pillars as the sun rises. The silhouette of the monument at dawn gives the whole place a mysterious touch which implies that the monument is so much more than what meets the eye and the eerie feeling that its secrets will never be revealed even with the highest form of deciphering. After all, history is merely an interpretation by people who haven’t witnessed it. Who knows the secrets the past holds?
In the end, no matter how far anyone can go, the horizon is still way beyond.
And that is a wrap!
Until next time:)