Monday, October 30, 2006

lesson learnt: yellow isn’t dirty

I never used to like yellow, n always say ‘dirty yellow’; I don’t say that any more. Not after my trek on Friday. Fall colors were fantastic.

Eleven of us (including guide Mohammad n his wife Arezoo) started from Tehran early in the morning. After taking breakfast break on the way, we reached Taleghan village at around 9.30 am. That was the starting point for our trek. We had to cross the pass to reach the valley which was on the other side. Climb took some 3 hrs I guess, I did reasonably well this time. Descent to the other side was easy, but the funny thing was as the climate was rainy, wet mud was sticking to our boots. It made the shoes heavy, n few girls has bit of tough time there.

Soon we reached the valley n lo!! There was a stream flowing n on both side s of the stream were trees standing tall beautifully, as if someone had painted them with diverse colors! We took snack-n-photography break, n then started walking alongside the stream, feasting our eyes with lovely fall colors.

It was drizzling, cloudy; n there was background music of thunders for this lovely drama. The pro photographers in the group were waiting to catch the lightning in their cams. There was bit of snowfall too. On the way we saw many wild cherry trees & plucked cherries. There were walnut trees too. After reaching Hasanjoon village (our destination) we headed back to Tehran.

The group was very good. There were 2 or 3 pro photographers who’d come to capture fall pictures. There were students too. There was a journalist, who had done a linguistic course in Germany. We had nice chat about lots of things while the bus was moving in snail’s pace, thanks to the heavy traffic on the highway. We spoke about languages, Iran, India, n what not.

I got reminded of the song Veni mentioned in her blog recently - ಆ ಮೇರು ಈ ಮೇರು ಆಸೆಯ ಹೂ ತೇರು… ತುಂಬೈತೆ ಕಣ್ಣಾ ಎಷ್ಟೊಂದು ಬಣ್ಣಾ!!

Because of the hide-n-seek of rain n sun, we got to see rainbow for sometime. In Farsi, rainbow is ‘rangeen kamUn’ which means ‘colorful arch’. Isn’t it similar to our ‘kaamanabillu’?

It was a good trek. And yes, I like yellow now.

Fantastic photograghs by Oshin D. Zakarian. They really are photographs, not paintings.


Anonymous said...

Really beautiful photos... would like to see more of them.

Anonymous said...

ವಾಹ್ ಸೂಪರ್....

ಇವು ಪೈಂಟಿಂಗ್ ಅಲ್ಲ, ರಿಯಲ್ ಚಿತ್ರಗಳು ಅಂತ ಹೇಳಿದ್ಮೇಲೆ ನಂಬಲೇಬೇಕು....

You are lucky.!!!!

Shiv said...


Some really wonderful snaps !
Truely..yellow never looked so gud!
So looks like u had a grt time trekking..

BTW I just came across your blog when roaming aimlessly!

Take care

Shrilatha Puthi said...

thanks shiv, yes iam having great time trekking here..

Anonymous said...

shri I do say dirty yellow, but that was never for flowers I like few yellow flowers.

beuatiful snaps

Jagali bhaagavata said...

Nice Pictures, Shrilatha.

Have you watched - Colour of Paradise - movie? It is a nice Irani movie (guess Majid Majidi's movie). I never knew Iran is so beautiful.

Shrilatha Puthi said...

yes smitha, yellow flowers are beautiful.

Jagali Bhagavatare, Iran is really beautiful, that if u want to explore it. I went for many treks n hikiing tours, so got opportunity to see different shades..

btw, i haven't seen the movie u mentioned..

Jagali bhaagavata said...

I am a big fan Irani movies. Watch these movies if u get a chance - children of Heaven, Baran, Circle, White balloon, Kandahar, The cyclist, Marooned in Iraq, The wind will carry us and many others.

See any movie of - Majid Majidi,Panahi, Mohsen Makhmalbaf, Bahman Ghobadi or Abbas Kiarostami (read this - - article by U.R.Ananthamurthy).