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A halcyon is a mythical bird—often identified as a kingfisher—said to breed in a floating nest at sea during the winter solstice, during which time it charms the wind and waves into calm. The term originates from the Greek myth of Alcyone.

Vembanad Lake, Kerala, India (It’s about 1500 sq Km of lake … one of the largest in Asia)

Nikon D80
Sigma 10-20 at 12mm
f/8 at 0.7 secs
WB: Flourescent; ISO 100


  • Siju Doniston
    Siju Donistonover 4 years ago

    Another beautiful picture and details

  • Thank you so much Siju!

    – Vikram Franklin

  • Mark Tull
    Mark Tullover 4 years ago

    Lovely work mate ;o)

  • Cheers Mark … a little bit of peace in all the madness.

    – Vikram Franklin

  • George Parapadakis (monocotylidono)
    George Parapad...over 4 years ago

    …and today, Greeks still talk about Alcyon days (Alkyonides), when in the heart of winter there are calm, warm days… Beautiful simplistic shot!

  • Thought of you when I took this shot as I knew what I would be naming it then. Waited around for a fair bit hoping I’d get a bird to come and perch on that stake and make the title a perfect fit … but it was not to be.

    – Vikram Franklin

  • yolanda
    yolandaover 4 years ago

    Beautiful :-)

  • Thank you so much!

    – Vikram Franklin

  • Alice Kent
    Alice Kentover 4 years ago

    Gorgeous… this is so lovely! it just makes me want to be there…

  • Hey Alice!! Thank you so much!

    – Vikram Franklin

  • Andrew Paranavitana
    Andrew Paranav...over 4 years ago

    Oh wow, this is very unique and special my friend, love the tones in this, so serene

  • Cheers Andrew – so pleased you feel that way!

    – Vikram Franklin

  • Lynn Stratton
    Lynn Strattonover 4 years ago

    Flat out fabulous work! The blues are amazing :)

  • Thank you so much Lynn … I frequently experiment with changing the WB settings when a scene suggests it. Glad you like the result.

    – Vikram Franklin

  • Ben Loveday
    Ben Lovedayover 4 years ago

    Warning , warning, minimalism increasing! Fantastic Vikram!

  • Cheers Ben … long for a little calm and minimalism after the past 10 days I’ve had!

    – Vikram Franklin

  • Gerry  Temple
    Gerry Templeover 4 years ago

    Beautiful image

  • Thank you so much Gerry!

    – Vikram Franklin

  • Nathalie Chaput
    Nathalie Chaputover 4 years ago

    Awesome shot my friend! Love the minimalist look and the soft color!

  • Cheers Nat!!

    – Vikram Franklin

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