With these flowers from Havelock Island I wish all members of TE a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Those of you who don't care a bit for Christmas I still wish a nice week and in any case a Happy New Year.
I took this photo on a bicycle tour across Havelock Island in the Andaman archipelago. It is part of India but geographically closer to Burma and Thailand in the Bay of Bengal. Most inhabitants are Bengali settlers, but some of the islands are home to small groups of indigenous people that are culturally totally different from mainland Indians.
This is not such a very old photo, less than 13 years, but it is still from my pre-digital days so I have as usual scanned it from a Kodachrome slide.
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lousat (77804) 2013-12-22 11:27
Hi Gert,a very original way for the wishes,an old pic where the red flowers are a memory of these days,excellent idea,i like it! I wish you a Merry Christmas and and a new year full of new trips around the world,maybe so far to me like in Greece..ehehe..Luciano
ricardomattos (4592) 2013-12-22 11:28
Very nice composition here with strong colors. I like the humble houses on the BG.
batalay (35743) 2013-12-22 11:32
I imagine a botanist could have placed the tree being indigenous to the Adaman Sea area. The house, however, could be from anywhere in Europe. I like the composition, with the tree and its branches framing the house, and providing the color highlights.
I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
mesutilgim (85420) 2013-12-22 11:47
Hello dear Gert,
12 years old but still aen evergreen !
Very nice dedication for this very special event of the year.
TFS and a Merry Christmas to you and all your love and beloved ones !
ourania (32083) 2013-12-22 12:27
this is a lovely, interesting, unusual and amusing Christmas card. I understand the spirit of your note very well, I don't have any Christmas photos either and might use one with boats for the colours:) The view of the field and the houses is attractive and intriguing but the intricate branches adorned with red flowers captivate our attention. I like very much the graphical impact of the colours and the shadows. The vibrant textures and the strong colours make the picture so appealing. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a wonderful Christmas holiday where lovely things will happen!
PaulVDV (22721) 2013-12-22 12:48
A Christmas card from the tropics!
I think that the Andaman archipelago is off the beaten track. We do not see many pictures of it.
The many red flowers under the blue sky make a wonderful sight.
Merry Christmas and an enjoyable end of the year, Paul
worldcitizen (7067) 2013-12-22 12:58
It's nice to see a photo from someplace that we don't see very often. Even though it's a scan the colors are great, and I like the flowers on the trees. The red color is perfect for Christmas. :-) The small house is also very interesting. Have a very Merry Christmas!
Fis2 (86283) 2013-12-22 13:44
I like colors and light.
emka (79875) 2013-12-22 13:51
Hi Gert, Strange, but this photo seems older than your other archive photos. Is the New Year universal? I looked in Google (how one can ever live without it, I wonder) and Muslim year 1435 AH runs from approximately 3 November 2013 (evening) to 23 October 2014 (evening). I was just curious :).
Nice red flowers that I do not recognize. You visited interesting place. Haha, bicycle tour. Imagine, I do not ride a bicycle!
Mainland Indians are also very different in various places.
I hope you care for Christmas, at least a bit, so I wish you healthy holidays and happy New Year.
abmdsudi (43718) 2013-12-22 20:11
A wonderful gift of nature when the rural sight is brightened profusely by blossoms of the flame of the forest tree. Such delicious colurs and a most exotic to my eyes. Well spotted subject and your picture is nicely treated with excellent exposure and clarity fulfilling the moment, calm, peaceful and spirit of the festive occasion. Seasonal greetings to you and the loved ones!
SnapRJW (31435) 2013-12-22 21:17
Hello Gert - A place that I have often wished to visit; this shot with the flowering flame tree makes a lovely exotic Christmas greeting which shows a far less frenetic Christmas than many will experience. Seasons greetings to you and your loved ones. Rosemary
Subhogen (4065) 2013-12-22 22:55
Nice view of the Flame trees along with the thatched huts.
I think there might be no thatched huts in Andaman now. So it is great to see that in your photo. Nice view of rural India. Very good composition with the tree and the huts. Great colors for a 13 year old photo.
Merry Christmas and a HNY 2014 to you as well.
adidas5nb (5413) 2013-12-22 23:31
great shot from the andamans.you seem to have seen the whole world sir.
merry christmas and a happy new year to you!
saxo042 (37578) 2013-12-23 0:35
Ett vackert träd med fina färger. De röda blommorna på alla kvistarna skulle kunna vara ett fint mönster på vilket tyg som helst.
Nicou (123236) 2013-12-23 1:54
quelle vue et iamge quel arbre rouge sueprbe vue ce rendu sur le branche avec les maisons en fond c'est sueprbe très belle compo et ensemble.
Bravo et amitié
Romano46 (18466) 2013-12-23 1:55
hai visitato angoli di mondo che ben pochi conoscono come queste isole che raramente vengono toccate dal turismo.
Immagino che la tua vita sia stata un'avventura continua alla ricerca del bello e delle bellezze sconosciute.
Peccato che all'epoca non ci fosse ancora il digitale e tutti i ricordi fossero fissati sui comuni supporti cellulosici.
Ma grazie allo scanner puoi sempre far rivivere questi ricordi anche se parte della qualità va sempre persa.
Rimane però sempre l'essenza della fotografia e la belklezza della composizione e lo stesso soggetto che si vuole far conoscere agli amici.
Questi alberi fioriti sono sicuramente di buon augurio per un felice Natale ed un anno nuovo.
Auguri anche a te di Buon Natale e Felice anno Nuovo.
Zengi001 (2583) 2013-12-23 5:10
I loved here the scaling blue tones on the sky and the red droplets of the tree..
Have a nice Christimas & happy new year.
cornejo (32168) 2013-12-23 5:46
Hello Gert, very good picture of this interesting composition with beautiful flowering tree, beautifully captured in this beautiful image with good sharpness, nice color and light. Very good and interesting job well done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this beautiful work.
Merry Christmas to you and your family.
Good afternoon and happy week.
Warm greetings from southern Spain.
boa (6075) 2013-12-23 5:54
inte direkt Julstämmning i det här fotot men desto intressantare att se ett foto från en plats som det vore underbart att besöka, speciellt under kalla Skandinaviska vintermånader. Fina färger och intressant att se hur det ser ut på den här delen av världen(men vad gjorde du här, jobb? Semester?)
God Jul och Gott nytt år!
subhendu_bagchi (25818) 2013-12-23 7:32
really a nice composition here. Pleasant for eyes. Like the soft colour contrast in your frame. Very good composition. The hut is very well placed in your frame. Excellent one. Tfs.
pajaran (52602) 2013-12-23 13:02
Interesantan i dobar tekst ...
Lepa fotografija, cestitka za Bozic.
Dobra kompozicija, perspektiva i kontrast, lepe boje.
Prijatno vece i lepa noc, sve najbolje za Bozic.
An interesting and good text ...
Beautiful pictures, Christmas cards.
Good composition, perspective and contrast, beautiful colors.
Have a nice evening and night, all the best for Christmas.
williewhistler (14611) 2013-12-23 13:20
the saturated colours of the original slide have transferred very well to this digital version,the red bracts are most eye catching against the clear blue sky.
Kindest wishes to you and family for Christmas and the New Year.
Silvio1953 (123561) 2013-12-23 13:50
Ciao Gert, lovely composition with fantastic blossom tree, excellent clarity, wonderful colors and splendid light, very well done, my friend, Merry Christmas Silvio
fanni (14381) 2013-12-23 14:47
indeed, a wonderful photo for the Christmas season: full of sunshine, with bright red flowers and lots of green colour around :)
As always, an interesting shot from your collection of photos!
GOD JUL - MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!
trevormoffiet (3112) 2013-12-24 2:38
You have certainly travelled more than most of us.
The trees with the red flowers seem to be deliberately planted by the owners of the hut. They contrast with the tropical green vegetation including bananas in the background.
The tree looks like what we call a coral tree in Australia.
"Erythrina is a truly global tropical genus with at least one species are more existing on every tropical continent around the world, and on dozens of islands in between."
God Jul och gott nytt år,
daddo (24406) 2013-12-24 4:14
Hi Gert. No need to decorate this tree a sit is already beautiful. Peaceful little scene although behind it lies backbreaking work for the rural family. Have a happy festive season and a healthy and satisfying new year. Klaudio.
macjake (57074) 2013-12-24 4:18
I have a hard time believing that 2001 is actually soon to be 13 years ago!!!! Yikes!!!
Remember the scare of Year Y2K! seems like yesterday.
Well i learned something new again. Never knew India had a place to claim as their own near Burma and Thailand.
Certainly not modern architecture but i'll take it haha
interesting cultural photo for sure, which is perfectly suited for TE.
Merry Xmas to you and your family
Royaldevon (30225) 2013-12-24 4:27
Thank you for your good wishes. Berries are a good symbol for feeding animals and humans in your well composed Christmas shot.
May I wish you and your family a Happy Christmas, too,
serp2000 (40350) 2013-12-24 4:49
Merry Christmas to you, Gert!
This photo causes some cognitive dissonance ;)) when I see the Christmas illumination and the snow-covered areas around. Anyway I like this climate and this picturesque rural scene.
All the best wishes in New Year!
rigoletto (34269) 2013-12-24 7:46
hi gert. looking at these beautiful flowers on treetop, i remembered the african tulips which had amazed me in arusha, tanzania. the upper and lower parts have a different feeling, but both fresh and nicely colored. again, you achieved marvels in scanning your old slides. merry christmas to you and your beloved ones.
eldancer1 (28513) 2013-12-24 14:30
Very nice image to go with the holiday greetings. This reminds me of my old home, just like this one, where I grow up in the Philippines. We celebrated Christmas in a very meager way. Good lighting and nice details. Well done, tfs.
fabbs99 (16477) 2013-12-24 21:52
Happy Christmas to you my friend and your family ... Have a great celebration today !I like this image of the tree with nice red colored flowers.I was surprised that you could rememberer your plight at Muzaffarpur railway station in the seventies.Keep sharing.
photographer_sg (4402) 2013-12-25 0:05
Lovely composition with the cottages and the flowers in full bloom. We think of sea photos whenever we think of the Andamans but this one is different, earthy and bold colours. Thanks for sharing and a Happy Christmas to you too!
aleXundar (1256) 2013-12-25 8:37
This is unique! Wishing Christmas with a 'cycling' shot!
Thank you sir.
It is really a holiday mood photo with red flowers and blue sky and lots of green. Beautiful set-up with the branches covering most of the upper part of the frame. A sweet shot of the Andamans.
Wishing you a very happy Christmas,
Glint (6167) 2013-12-25 12:02
this is an attractive scene with the nice blue sky and the Christmas red on the tree.
Hope you have a happy Christmas and best wishes for the New Year,
nikkitta (14858) 2013-12-25 12:03
Creative way to greet people from all over the world, a not so old capture , well framed by the tree, presenting a rural landscape with nice typical houses
Like the saturated color contrast green , blue and red of the original flowers
Wish the best in this period of the year
Graal (97857) 2013-12-26 1:00
very nice scan and photo from your archive. Amazing contrast. Beautiful deep blue sky and red flowers on the tree. Nice image from India.
Have a nice day.
dkmurphys (50022) 2013-12-26 1:12
Happy Holidays to you and to your family! Lovely flowers in this old memory image. Good catch, thanx for your kind wishes!
jhm (140054) 2013-12-26 4:32
The flowers that we use for Christmas are a little other than these blossoms.
Well spotted subject and your picture is nicely treated with excellent exposure and clarity.
Excellent composition, nice presentation.
Very well done, TFS.
Miguel82 (24223) 2013-12-26 8:38
Dear Gert, bright colors of the sky and the flame tree blossoms, good report from Andaman and Nicobar islands, a territory archipelago of India but closer of Burma and Thailand, good view of the countryside and huts, all the best, happy end of the year to you, with respect
imageme (1767) 2013-12-27 12:26
Hi Gert, Happy Holidays to you and your loved ones. This is a special Holidays greeting card taken from 12 years ago with beautiful red flowers tree occupied almost all the frame. An excellent POV framed with the blossoms of green and red flowers. The hut is the treat to the beauty of this image and it is also well protected by this awesome tree next to it. Nice to deliver warm and sunny feel to warm up my place which has been so cold and heavily snow.
Thank for sharing
adores (37563) 2013-12-29 8:42
There are not many tourists here, I believe:)! The colourful flowers make a beautiful contrast with the blue sky and those little houses in background tell me that this must be a very interesting destination. Very good composition and beautiful colours!
Have a great New Year!
Angshu (55914) 2013-12-30 5:53
If I am not mistaken these are Krishnachura or Krusnachuda flowers, with biological name of Delonix Regia. The deep red flowers really brighten up the landscape when the trees are in full bloom.
Nicely framed picture with the thatched houses in the BG
Hope you had a wonderful Christmas & wish you & all your loved ones a very fine 2014
Kielia (23703) 2014-01-03 7:41
very well done, the big tree really attracts the eyes and the composition is well chosen. The colors are so characteristic for this part of the world. I also like the steel blue sky above the scenery.
I wish you a happy New Year!
COSTANTINO (56223) 2014-01-13 4:12
fresh beautiful and delicate shot with
hunderd of flowers I love the Nature
and this shot is an hymne to the
the house in the background seems
like a house from a fairy tale
NorthernLight (2313) 2014-09-28 1:50
bilden ser ut som en tavla. Mycket fina färger och ett trevligt, mycket pittoreskt område.
Ha en trevlig söndag
aliabazari (15845) 2014-11-03 10:45
Very nice shot of this beautiful tree. Well done and the new year is coming.