Thursday, December 16, 2010

The Topography of Tea

"If man has no tea in him, he is incapable of understanding truth and beauty."

Japanese Proverb

I'm incredibly unavailable at present and have not the time to inundate you with my customary volume of words, so I'll just throw out a bunch of pictures your way. But if that old chestnut rings true, then these eight pictures are worth a grand total of eight-thousand words.

An eternity of tea and sky. That's the Coimbatore Plains waaay down there, by the way.

Anyhow, I think I'll still need to fill you in on the context of these photographs - so that's what I'll do.

During our super-relaxing week at Ooty, I decided to yank the Long-Suffering Girlfriend™ out of her blissful vacationer's stupor by convincing her to go on a day trip to the neighboring hamlet of Coonoor. There, we rode a tiny bus 12 kilometres out into the semi-wilderness of the Nilgiri mountains where we got off our ride - just like that - in the middle of nowhere with not even a bus-stop in sight. At this point, she had no choice but to trek uphill all the way back to Coonoor with me. If you thought that that sounds incredibly similar to what I put her through at Maxwell Hill - well, I'm just consistently psychotic that way.

On the upside, these are some of the mind-blowing landscapes we got out of it,

Dig the contours.

It was fortuitous that on our grueling awesome walk, we remained mostly in the midst of mist and under the gargantuan shadows of some seriously low-flying clouds - the combination of which really produced some excellent, otherworldly shots.

This one is my favourite,

It's almost like we're on a floating island. Or a really small planet.

I'll stop writing for now. Enjoy the rest.

Sunshine looks best in little patches.

The Cameron Highlands got nothing on this place, I tell you.

Anyway, the real reason I dragged Phoebe all the way out here was actually to visit a popular view point called the Dolphin's Nose,

Which is a fancy name for this bit of rock which hangs over a precipice.

And here's Phoebe being on the "nose", so to speak.

Look into the photograph below and check out the spectacular Catherine Falls on the far side of the mountain,

The bluish mist is apparently what gave the mountain range its name: Nilgiri. It literally means "Blue Mountain".

So, how do you like them apples?

Chief photographic officer,
k0k s3n w4i


Anonymous said...

Everyone likes apples.

Vishaal said...


nicoletta said...

nice pictures! Nice hover text! I love tea! Phoebe is pretty!

février said...

maybe i will get some inspiration for backgrounds from these

Teabie said...

phoebe looked incredibly fresh despite reading what sounded like a long march to nowhere, haha. must be the amazing air quality up there! the nilgiri reminds me much of the blue mountains here in sydney. anyway, your psychotic marches are worth it. thank goodness it didn't rain!

Phoebs said...

nicoletta: thanks :D

teabie: i was pretty grumpy when we got to the end of it. and it rained on our last hiking trip T__T

May Lee said...

wow it's gorgeous! nice shots, chief.

mg said...

LOL love the hover text and yes i get ur feeling of being on a floating island with that picture. when will you be back? are you done with med skool??? :)

k0k s3n w4i said...

lovealynna: i only like fuji apples :/

vishaal: i think kodaikanal might actually be nicer :) i've got that lined up too.

nicoletta: the sceneries are probably not half as nice as new zealand's. quite jealous that you actually live there.

beve: inspiration for the what now?

Teabie: nothing's better than mountain air, i always say - but phoebs aren't always too happy about the lengths i'd take to get us to get some.

Phoebs: rain is cleansing T^T

May Lee: with a bit of help from the ol' photoshop, of course ;)

mg: i've been in melaka for the past 2 years la. my final exam is in february - which i hope to pass. congrats on graduating!