Monthly Archives: January 2011

The Wine-irony: Grape Escapade 2011

Wine is bottled poetry
~Robert Louis Stevenson

Grape escapade ENTRANCE

The grape escapade is about two things… wine… and people!

First, comes the wine… 🙂

Grape escapade WINES

Grape escapade

Wine can get people together… unknown strangers begin to smile at each other, offer each other a seat and even inquire about what the other is drinking! All that at the Grape Escapade 2011.

Grape escapade SHOW

Grape escapade NEZ AND NEKKA

Grape escapade CROWD

One thing I keep a photo lookout for are the deco elements at the Grape Escapade. From large bottle cutouts to life-like grapes… everywhere you look, the ambience gets you in the mood.

Grape escapade CREATIVITY

Grape escapade GRAPES

Grape escapade CUTOUTS

And then, there are those elements, which only make you smile…

Grape escapade NO SMOKING… a friend once said to me, “In Goa, we don’t smoke… so, we drink”

If you love wine, and food with wine, this is the place to be.


Wine is sunlight, held together by water, said Galileo… how true 🙂

Grape escapade SULA LOGO

From the archives: Grape Escapade 2010

Here is a link for a detailed programme of the Grape Escapade 2011

She’s got the look

Sno-Brow continue to grow… and continue to discover the world around them.

They are now quite comfortable to see a camera staring at them in the face and they prefer to stare back. These are samples of those startled expressions 😉

She's got the look - Brownie

She's got the look - Snowy

A Rose by any other name

‘Tis but thy name that is my enemy;
Thou art thyself, though not a Montague.
What’s Montague? it is nor hand, nor foot,
Nor arm, nor face, nor any other part
Belonging to a man. O, be some other name!
What’s in a name? that which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet;
So Romeo would, were he not Romeo call’d,
Retain that dear perfection which he owes
Without that title. Romeo, doff thy name,
And for that name which is no part of thee
Take all myself.

~ Juliet (Romeo and Juliet (II, ii, 1-2))

This is a quote from Shakespeare’s lyrical tale of “star-cross’d” lovers. Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet fall in love, but are doomed from the start as members of two warring families. Juliet tells Romeo that a name is an artificial and meaningless convention, and that she loves the person who is called “Montague”, not the Montague name and not the Montague family. Romeo, out of his passion for Juliet, rejects his family name and vows, as Juliet asks, to “deny his father” and instead be “new baptized” as Juliet’s lover. This one short line encapsulates the central struggle and tragedy of the play.

I on the other hand do not want to dwell on the vagaries of love in this post but on a feature I rarely use on my camera… Infra-red mode.

Here are a few sample pictures of The Rose 😉

Infra red rose

Infra red rose (1)

This is IR under a focus lamp

The pictures are clicked in pitch darkness. I think cats can sense IR, and the more adventurous of the two, leaped onto the table to inspect the object of my affection 😉

Infra red rose (2)

And if you are wondering how the original was, then here it is:

Infra red rose (4)

UPDATE: Here is the same in fractal format….

Infra red rose - Fractal