Mar Nicholovos turns nature photographer while on holiday in India

Written By: on Oct 11th, 2010 and filed under Columns, Features, Opinions.

His Grace Zachariah Mar Nicholovos with his camera in front of the new Bishop House at New York

His Grace Zachariah Mar Nicholovos’ penchant for photography knows no bounds.

The Assistant Metropolitan for North-east American Diocese during his recent sojourn to India went on a clicking spree capturing spell-bound landscape pictures of the North Eastern states.

Visits to Sikkim, Darjeeling (West Bengal) and an eco-friendly resort in Kerala saw him enriching his album with nearly thousand pictures from his old Canon camera. 874 of these images were uploaded into 18 Facebook albums within a space of 48 hours last week.

The relaxing sojourn also saw the New York-based Metropolitan virtually chance upon a ride on a yak, taste local delicacies of yak except its meat, view spell-bound views of the snow-clad Kanchenjunga or the Himalayas.

Some of the pictures and posts evoked few interesting comments from his huge circle of friends on the social networking site.
Letha Jacob from Boston who has commented the most hails the metropolitan for his ability to appreciate intricate details of the beautiful creations of God, especially nature as a gift from Almighty!! She thanks Thirumeni and says: “ Breath taking pics!! the photographer in you brought to us the beautiful silence of nature..which can be felt in these pics (pictures)…it surrounds us…

“Escaping the mad schedule and rest for a few days” at Gods own country, the metropolitan preferred to stay at Aquasserenne Resort near Kollam. The heritage ambience on the water front was paid for by his brother when an inquisitive friend on Facebook desired to know if it was covered by any government official or friends…

Enamored by the beauty of the mighty Kanchenjunga, the bishop posted about 196 pictures on Facebook album with some having breathtaking views, sharp and hazy images from Pelling where he stayed at the Elgin Mount Pandim, a heritage hotel.
Well-known as a popular honeymoon spot, Sikkim (Switzerland of East India) boasts of some of the most famous destinations in the eastern Himalayas. Kangchenjunga is the third highest mountain in the world after Mt Everest and K2, with an elevation of 28,169 feet.

Besotted by ‘The Five Treasures of Snows’, as Kangchenjunga means, His Grace comments thus: “I just kept on clicking my camera. You will get this view only for some time in the early morning. So I was concerned I might not be able to capture it from all the angles. In the attempt to capture the moment into the camera, I was not able to enjoy the beauty of the moment fully. This is a genral (general) spiritual problem. In our attempt to make the future safe we forget to enjoy the moment. But still I wish I had a better camera…”
13 people liked his Kangchenjunga posting and brought about 15 instant and interesting comments.

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