Blue Skies

Madras too can have blue skies!

One of the few days when we have blue skies.

Seen from the Napier Bridge

Madras-upon-Cooum

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Porta Potty

Public Convenience

A shipping container is being converted into toilets at a children’s park cum pedestrian plaza coming up under the MRTS tracks near OMR. Opposite Ramanujan IT city.

Scenic Trail

A little known spot in Chennai
A little known spot in Chennai

Last week we ‘discovered’ a secret scenic spot at Manapakkam – between the Trade Centre and L&T. A mud trail on the banks of river Adyar skirting the high-security zones of Officers’ Training Academy (OTS, during the olden days) and the Chennai airport. It remains still unspoilt due to the efforts and patronage of some NGOs and resident associations. Hope it will remain so.

Broken Bridge

Broken Bridge across Adyar
Broken Bridge across Adyar

The original bridge was built in the 1960/70’s for use mainly by the fishermen for moving between Uroor and San Thome. It was destroyed in the high tides in the ’70s and was not rebuilt. Today, it is a haven for photographers, adventurous youth, clandestine lovers and antisocial.

The bridge has been photographed a million times, but I thought this angle from the Leela Palace was not so common.

Taken through a glass window.

 

Pedestrian Bridge

Pedestrian Bridge
Pedestrian Bridge

A pedestrian bridge connecting Thiruvanmiyur MRTS station and Ramanujam Knowledge City across Old Mahabalipuram Road – photographed on Bhogi day 2019 when the smog was much less than the previous year.

Grafitti

Graffiti on abandoned bridge
Graffiti on the abandoned bridge

Graffiti greets visitors to the Broken Bridge across Adya river at Uroor Olcott kuppam

Changing Skyline of Chennai

Sky walk the pedestrian bridge to Ramanujan IT park
Skywalk – the pedestrian bridge to Ramanujan IT park

Recently a skywalk was constructed to connect the Tiruvanmiyur MRTS station and the Ramanujan IT park and other IT parks nearby.

At night it is lit by lights of different hues.

 

Leela Palace Hotel

Leela Palace Hotel form the broken bridge
Leela Palace Hotel form the broken bridge

The water in Adyar river at the broken bridge is usually not a great sight. However on a Sunday morning during daybreak, the water, and the Leela Palace hotel in MRC Nagar in the background was an interesting photo subject. Of course, some tweaking on  Lightroom and Nik collections helped enhance the subjects.

Speed

Panning
Panning

A panning shot of speeding vehicles on Saidapet bridge on a Saturday morning.

Shutter speed 1/20 sec.

 

Broken Bridge

Broken Bridge across the Adyar estuary taken from Leela Palace through the window.
Broken Bridge across the Adyar estuary taken from Leela Palace through the window.

The broken bridge across the Adyar estuary was built in the 1960 s for fishermen to cross from the Foreshore Estate to the Besant Nagar side. It had a very short life as a utility when in 1977 high tide (or was it high current from the river?) washed away part of the bridge. It has never been rebuilt after that.

Today, it is a haunt for bachelors and photo enthusiasts. A few movie episodes  have been shot here. However, many are afraid to venture out alone here because of a perceived danger from anti-social elements.

I was happy to have a grandstand view from a 7th-floor room in Leela Palace Hotel. As the windows were sealed, I had to take this through the glass and tweak a little on LR.

” Every street scene has a story in it and it is the task of  the photographer to discover it”. -apologies to Michaelangelo.