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The Path...

Posted by
Pavan Kaul (Mumbai, India) on 22 July 2010 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

Man is lost and is wandering in a jungle where real values have no meaning. Real values can have meaning to man only when he steps on to the spiritual path, and the spiritual path is full of different kinds of experiences. He will encounter many difficulties and obstacles, and they are the very experiences he needs to encourage and complete the cleansing process.
~Sai Baba

Today my Mother turns 77. I have never known a more selfless woman who despite her own miseries and personal tragedies has spent most of her life selflessly serving others. She continues to do so today. I am indebted to her in ways even more than a child can be to a mother. Yes, that is possible....and I just wish to say: " A happy birthday to you Mom, we love you and may God bless you and keep the light in your heart burning bright...forever..." ~ Dolly, Pavan, Niteka, Vinit & Sachin.

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sara from paris, France

Happy birthday to her from Paris. All around the world we will think to her today.

22 Jul 2010 5:06am

@sara: Thank you Sara, for that wonderful message:)

Farnaaz from Iran, Iran

First : Happy birthday to your mother and may God bless her and may God bless you and all your beloved .

I love B&W here so much .. the path is full of light and the leyers of mountain which seperated by fog are very fantastic . It's a part of beautiful nature that is more lovely in your frame and on a great day for you .

22 Jul 2010 5:14am

@Farnaaz: Thank you for your good wishes and comment Farnaaz:)

Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

REally love this shot, very moody

22 Jul 2010 5:25am

@Alun: Thank you Alun:)

jpla from St Barthélémy d, France

Il est joli ce N&B ! Je te souhaite une agréable journée

22 Jul 2010 5:34am

@jpla: Thank you!

rem_la from Villiers, France

superbe ce traitement des couleurs !

22 Jul 2010 5:35am

@rem_la: Thanks!

prarthana from singapore, Singapore

very beautiful...

22 Jul 2010 5:48am

@prarthana: Thank you!

QB from Canada

Layers of diffuse light and intermingling fog make for a divine landscape. A lovely tribute to what must be a wonderful mother. :)

22 Jul 2010 5:52am

@QB: Thank you so much...!

Phil David Alexander Morris from Canada

The Great Creator works so well with you setting
up these amazing shots. You seem to have his
help because your pictures are so miraculous.

22 Jul 2010 5:59am

@Phil David Alexander Morris: Phil, it is often that I step back to look at some of my work, that has turned out particularly well (my films) and there is a distinct feeling that it is not I who did that. It certainly is as you say, divine intervention:) Many thanks for the visit & wonderful words!

Joan Felix from Jakarta, Indonesia

Only One Word "AWESOME"

22 Jul 2010 5:59am

@Joan Felix: Thank you!

Thomas from Querqueville, France

It reminds me of a Japanese painting. So stunning in noir et blanc.

22 Jul 2010 6:06am

@Thomas: Wow! That's wonderful:) Thanks!!

Din from Tehran, Iran

OMG great B&W

22 Jul 2010 6:07am

@Din: Thank you!

Reiner from Germany

What a gorgeous landscape and what a meandering path. Great b&w. Happy birthday from Germany to your mom.

22 Jul 2010 6:09am

@Reiner: Reiner, thanks so much:)

Nazzareno from Rome, Italy

A wonderful composition and a nice atmosphere....

22 Jul 2010 6:09am

@Nazzareno: Many thanks!

Preeti from Mumbai, India

It's fabulous.....happy birthday to your mom :)

22 Jul 2010 6:18am

@Preeti: Thank you:)

SOUL AFLAME from The bosom of Mother Nature, United Kingdom

Huge happy birthday wishes are on the airwaves from me to your Mother, Pavan. And what a beautiful tribute from a loving son. The image also, a mono delight, filled with detail and immense beauty from another Mother, Mother nature, my one true Goddess. Have a great day my friend.

22 Jul 2010 6:21am

@SOUL AFLAME: Many thanks Paul, for the wishes and wonderful words of appreciation:)

Dulcie from Danville, CA, United States

This image is a beautiful metaphor for the spiritual path. And this shot is so beautiful...who would not want to choose a spiritual life. B R A V O !!

22 Jul 2010 6:22am

@Dulcie: Thank you Dulcie:)

fabrizio from Rome, Italy

wonderful mountain road,,,, well done in b/w like the cool atmosphere of the fog

22 Jul 2010 6:25am

@fabrizio: Thanks Fabrizio!

kate from lincolnshire, United Kingdom

beautiful landscape and a very happy birthday to your mum!!:)

22 Jul 2010 6:28am

@kate: Thank you Kate:)

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

5 stars : this landscape is wonderful

22 Jul 2010 6:28am

@Calusarus: Thanks!!!

Dilwenn from Bordeaux, France

Le brouillard, le chemin sinueux donnent un air étrange au paysage... J'aime beaucoup!
Bon anniversaire à votre maman!
Bonne journée!

22 Jul 2010 6:31am

@Dilwenn: Merci, Dilwenn!

eva from Rouen, France

A great landscape, a great photo, a tenderness day also... Have a happy day Pavan ;))

22 Jul 2010 6:46am

@eva: Eva, thank you!

STEED from Somewhere, France

Long and Foggy Road (Beatles revisited)....

22 Jul 2010 6:49am

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Great b/w full of details and very deep. A fantastic landscape.

22 Jul 2010 6:59am

@Paco Díaz: Thank you Paco!!

k@ from Paris, France

I'm not on Am3 today (not at home and i leave today back to Paris) and yet i want to stop here, what a beautiful tribute to your beloved mother who's soul seems so bright, i wish her the best & a lot of sweet moments shared with everybody she cares about (seems then the great generous Everybody...). And i love your image so meaningful and subtle, that path isn't that easy, the horizon not that clear but that's our Life to cross & cherrish, and what a better way to grow up to cross a beautiful mist as we climb up, step by step, each one teaching us something, hard or sweet. I don't know Sai Baba but i'm right now reading about buddhism & it sure helps going forward lighter & more smiling, anyway. Thanks for your sharing here and have a very tender day around Her, all of you, dear Pavan*

22 Jul 2010 7:34am

@k@: Karine, that's so very kind of you. My sincere thanks for your warm and wonderful words and for taking out time to make this special & exclusive visit:)

arneet from delhi, India

A very very happy birthday to your mother from my side also....may god bless her and may you continue to love her in this manner forever......:)
great shot!

22 Jul 2010 7:35am

@arneet: Many thanks Arneet:)

Bettina from Los Angeles, United States

Fantastic shot, Pavan! And Happy Birthday to your mom! She sounds wonderful! A little like mine, I must say, who has those same qualities and is 77 herself. :) The black and white is fantastic for this. The mist climbing the mountains so evocative; how things are obscured from us, how there are obstacles always creeping up, enveloping us. But it's that road, so luminous, that appears, as a glimpse, as a way, as the hope. I am ready for that path right now. :)

22 Jul 2010 7:37am

@Bettina: I am not very surprised Betty, for are not all mom's alike? Thank you, sincerely for your wonderfully warm wishes and words of appreciation:)

Lorraine from Gatineau, Canada

A long and winding road filled with mist and hope, love this :)

22 Jul 2010 7:41am

@Lorraine: Thank you Lorraine!

Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

Any mother of our world would feel satisfied with your dedication Pavan! I myself I can do as a mother too and I'm thrilled you love her! You can not complain I have the love of my children know. Your message evokes strong! You do a wonderful photography and full of love messages ... a path that meanders through life ... sweetness and mountain flying effort for you mother! Text and image Bellesimo Pavan delicious. I will congratulate you for the sentiments expressed! I thank God I met you! With all my love! Adela

22 Jul 2010 7:43am

@Fonts: Adela, I am overwhelmed by your words of affection and appreciation!! Thank you ever so much:)

Mhelene from Paris, France

A superb composition ! Very beautiful !

22 Jul 2010 7:53am

@Mhelene: Thanks Mhelene!

Yvon from Orleans, France

happy birthday to your mother, best wish to her

nice landscape

22 Jul 2010 8:24am

@Yvon: Many thanks Yvon!

Luis Rodrigues from Lisbon, Portugal

Wonderfull landscape!! Great work!

22 Jul 2010 8:33am

@Luis Rodrigues: Thanks so much Luis!

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

The road of life is littered with pitfalls and winding. Very nice B & W photo. Good day.

22 Jul 2010 8:55am

@Tede: Thanks Tede!

larry from somewhere in, Singapore

Beautiful. & happy birthday to your mom.

22 Jul 2010 9:17am

@larry: Thank you Larry!

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

Happy Birthday to your Mom Pavan, I sincerely wish her all the best :)
Very beautiful landscape here, the mist over the hills is really great ! Have a nice day :)

22 Jul 2010 9:38am

@Tamara: Many thanks Tamara!!

Jean-Luc from Lyon, France

strange and beautiful mood in the same time , lovely composition my dear Pavan
and happy birthday to your mother , good celebration.

22 Jul 2010 9:39am

@Jean-Luc: Merci Jean - Luc:)

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

Beautiful contrasts between the mist and the textures of the forest. lovely viewpoint too

22 Jul 2010 9:45am

@grouser: Thank you!

Emmeji from France

Happy birthday to your mother ! A good road to her !

22 Jul 2010 10:03am

@Emmeji: Thanks so much!

kiwisa from North Shore, New Zealand

This view is stunning and takes my breath away pavan. I love these winding mountain roads and the mist rising makes it a magical view. Your dedication to your mother on her birthday is wonderful, every best wish for a wonderful celebration.

22 Jul 2010 10:16am

@kiwisa: Many thanks Frances, for your wishes and lovely words of appreciation:)

PRASHANT from Mumbai, India

Great image for great day....Beautiful location.

22 Jul 2010 10:52am

@PRASHANT: Thank you!

Thami from Morocco

Superbe ambiance feutrée et vaporeuse et ce lacet lumineux qui serpente à travers la montagne!
Tout le bonheur pour toi et ta maman!

22 Jul 2010 11:11am

@Thami: Merci:)

Marie LC from France

fantastic ambiance and bw. I love this shot !

22 Jul 2010 11:30am

@Marie LC: Thank you!

BeLTxA from Menorca, Spain

smoky landscape

22 Jul 2010 11:46am

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

Fabulous image. Bravo Pavan . This atmospheric image is super . Super monochrome too .

22 Jul 2010 12:21pm

@MARIANA: Thanks Marianna. Glad you like it:)

Elisa from Rosario, Argentina

Une image fantastique, c´est presque sortie d´un film...

22 Jul 2010 12:56pm

@Elisa: Thanks:)

bluechameleon from Vancouver, Canada

Love how this path gets lost in the fog, creating such a nice mystery. Beautiful shot and tonal range.

22 Jul 2010 1:12pm

@bluechameleon: Thank you. Much appreciated:)

Michael from Chester, United Kingdom

The swirling mist and B&W mountains are lovely.
Happy Birthday, you are a good son for your mother.

22 Jul 2010 1:21pm

@Michael: Michael, thank you:)

B.Held from Santa Fe, United States


22 Jul 2010 1:43pm

@B.Held: Thanks!

jeanne from près de marseille, France

le mystère est la
dans la brume

22 Jul 2010 1:56pm

@jeanne: Thanks Jeanne!

Don from spokane, United States

A fine atmospheric shot with excellent detail and fine B&W tones. Very well done.

22 Jul 2010 2:46pm

@Don: Many thanks Don!

hugo poon from hong kong, Hong Kong

Amazing painterly and poetic quality... and I'm so captivated by that air of peace and tranquility! You've turned this wonderful feeling timeless, Pavan! Must be the best birthday present to your beloved mother! My best regards to her!:-)

22 Jul 2010 3:01pm

@hugo poon: Thank you so much Hugo! Your words mean a great deal to me:)

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

Excellent black and white work.

22 Jul 2010 3:33pm

@Ana Lúcia: Thank you!

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom


22 Jul 2010 3:39pm

Jyoti from Mumbai, India

this is stunning! my best wishes to your Mother on her bday... may she hav happy and healthy life ahead

22 Jul 2010 3:45pm

@Jyoti: Thanks so much Jyoti:)

danou-yepa from Nice, France

always great pavan , i love your landscapes , always a little mystérious , like dreams , a perfect angle of view , happy birthday to your mother pavan , have all familly a very nice day .

22 Jul 2010 4:03pm

@danou-yepa: My sincere thanks Dany, you are very kind:)

Richard from Montferland, Netherlands

Impressive landscape Pavan. I love the clouds in the landscape!!

22 Jul 2010 4:10pm

@Richard: Thank you Richard!

Thea from Leeuwarden, Netherlands

A beautiful shot,great to see the clouds hanging there and bring a mystic touch!
I wish your mother a happy birthday!

22 Jul 2010 4:12pm

@Thea: Thank you Thea:)

Antoine from France

Superb photo and your framing is excellent. Have a great day Pavan.

22 Jul 2010 5:12pm

@Antoine: Thank you!

Stephen Phillips from San Francisco, United States

Magnificent, Pavan - the setting of the road is perfect.

22 Jul 2010 5:22pm

@Stephen Phillips: Stephen, thanks!

JJ from Jersey City, United States

What a wonderful shot love how the road curves in and out of the shot

Happy Birthday to your Mother

22 Jul 2010 6:38pm

@JJ: Thank you JJ:)

Frida from Sweden

Beautiful shot. I like how the road curves in and out of sight. Happy birthday to your Mother!

22 Jul 2010 6:44pm

@Frida: Thank you!

The MaJor from TM HooD, Iran

very great catch ma friend..i really like this mood of bein' confused by the shot

22 Jul 2010 7:09pm

@The MaJor: Many thanks!

Becky from los angeles, United States

Happy Birthday to your mom. : ) Wonderful the words you choose to describe her. You are a lucky son and she is a lucky mom. You have outdone yourself with this image. I may just have to sit here this afternoon and get lost in it - instead of going back to work. Unbelievably beautiful!

22 Jul 2010 8:07pm

@Becky: Many thanks Becky...for the warm words of appreciation and your wishes!!

flyingwind风飞扬 from Bridgetown, Barbados

curious about how far it is...great!

22 Jul 2010 8:30pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Happy Birthday to your mom! You are so good at matching images and quotes. Toady is no exception. That looks to be a difficult road bit a beautiful one. I love the mist in this gorgeous B&W. Bravo!

22 Jul 2010 8:54pm

@Steve Rice: Thank you Steve! You are most kind:)

✿ Anina ✿ from Auckland, New Zealand

Happy Birthday to your mother! Hope she had a wonderful year and may the coming years be blessed and filled with love and happiness!
A beautiful B&W shot. I like the mist and POV.

22 Jul 2010 9:41pm

@✿ Anina ✿: Thanks so much Anina:)

Christine Walsh from Astoria, NY, United States

A long, healthy and happy life to your mother. How is it your POV is so high?

23 Jul 2010 1:55am

@Christine Walsh: Thank you Christine! This was taken from the road above what you see:)

Satvik from Columbus, United States

Excellent capture Pavan ! Love the composition and the mist over the forested mountains.
Happy birthday to your mother.

23 Jul 2010 2:36am

@Satvik: Thank you Satvik, for your wishes and kind words!

Jason from United Arab Emirates

Stunning capture Pavan :)

23 Jul 2010 4:11am

@Jason: Hey Jason, where have you been? Thanks for the visit and comment:)

Ginnie from Netherlands

The image is an apt metaphor, then, for this Journey called Life, Pavan. A happy birthday to your mother, who clearly has been on this Spiritual Path.

23 Jul 2010 5:10am

@Ginnie: Ginnie, thanks for your wishes and kind words:)

Aboololo from Govashir, Iran

great b/w . It's lovely .

23 Jul 2010 5:53am

@Aboololo: Thank you!

iren from Iran

Way says, Come!And I can not resist the temptation of the trip!
great landscape pavan!bravo!

23 Jul 2010 6:45am

@iren: Thank you Iren:)

pixator from kerman, Iran

Great shot!

23 Jul 2010 7:42am

@pixator: Thanx!

Moana from France

A sinuous road in a strange forest a little as a life...
Happy birthday to your mom PAVAN, nothing is more precious!

23 Jul 2010 8:11am

@Moana: Thank you!

Theys from Charleroi, Belgium

Beautiful photograph, beautiful treatment, which atmosphere, well with you

23 Jul 2010 9:57am

@Theys: Many thanks Roland!

Anne from a little red dot, Singapore

A long and winding road with some part of it not visible, love the atmospheric with spiritual healing effect, wonderful quotes from Sai Baba. Last but not least, a joyous birthday to your Mom, Pavan. Cheers!

23 Jul 2010 9:57am

@Anne: Thank you so much Anne:)

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Wonderful shot, and great tribute to your mother! Well done on both counts.

23 Jul 2010 1:27pm

@B. Thomas: Thank you very much:)

rainboy from Nainital, India

gr8 shot as always .
A belated happy b'day to you mom :)

23 Jul 2010 1:40pm

@rainboy: Thank you!

Zoltan from Toronto, Canada

Great blog. Stunning photo today.

23 Jul 2010 5:38pm

@Zoltan: Thanks for the visit and kind words!

Beat from Switzerland

fantastic mood. this shot is a masterpiece!

23 Jul 2010 6:46pm

@Beat: Many thanks! You are very kind!

tce76 from Saint Laurent de Brèvedent, France

Très impressionnant dans ces nuages!

23 Jul 2010 7:33pm

@tce76: Merci!

Kala from United States

Gorgeous composition and mood. A+ shot.

23 Jul 2010 8:48pm

@Kala: Thank you!

Othersideblue from Kerman, Iran

Happy birthday and a long healthy future life to your Mom


23 Jul 2010 10:34pm

@Othersideblue: Thank you:)

Akarui from Kagoshima, Japan

Beautiful atmosphere and mountain road.

24 Jul 2010 1:26am

@Akarui: Thanks!

CElliottUK from United Kingdom

Happy birthday, Mum, you've got a very talented son

24 Jul 2010 8:31am

RORO from LE HAVRE, France

A so nice shot for a so nice moment, happy birthday to your mother, the women the most important in a man's life

24 Jul 2010 12:31pm

shoti from somewhere in, China

ahh.. I think your mom has already seen the way earlier back then, when she knew that living for oneself can be futile and giving to others can be more rewarding. salute to your mom and may she touch many more lives Pavan. I wish her good health and success, whatever it meant to her.

as to your image, I'm loving it! mesmerizing, coupled with the fog.

24 Jul 2010 2:31pm

Marie from FRESNES, France

beau paysage.

24 Jul 2010 3:42pm

frammy from MIRAMAS, France

superb graphics I looked at them and passes a good Sunday

25 Jul 2010 6:59am

Dutçh from Chicagoland, United States

Happy Birthday to your wonderful mother! The quote.. is so perfect for this photo, for a tribute and for how I feel right now in my own life. Thank you for sharing!

25 Jul 2010 9:47pm

Vaido from Võrumaa, Estonia

Our path is well catched here... Mostly we can see forward only a little bit of it. Very nice and powerful scenery.

27 Jul 2010 2:27pm

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