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Taj Mahal

The Taj Mahal is a thing not easily shot differently. I make no claims for the uniqueness of this one either.


But I was struck by how familiar the traditional straight on view of the monument was, and yet how unfamiliar the beautiful grounds of the complex. It seemed to me that the gardens surrounding the Taj were as beautiful a place to spend a day as any on earth. Ring-Necked Parakeets flew overhead constantly like little green fighter-planes. The grass was lush and beautiful. It's a total escape from the dust of Indian cities - especially when I'd only been in the country three days and was a bit rattled by the mad busy-ness of the place.


If anything in the medieval world lives up to the story books, it's the palaces and monuments of the Islamic empires - so wonderfully luxurious compared with the dour and fortified Christian world. I've seen one or two of the famous monuments on the tourist map, and the Taj Mahal lives up to the hype beyond any other I've seen.


It's a bit sad when a single view of a famous subject becomes so famous that any other view is shockingly unfamiliar.


Shot on the flawless Nikon F100 with a 24-85mm lens and Fuji Provia.


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Taken on October 1, 2010