PHOTO MOMENT: Canadian elf coin

  A 25-dollar pure silver coloured coin issued by Canada in 2016. The coin, part of a popular and recent tradition of countries issuing coinage with full-colour scenery and even holographic elements, shows a mythological ‘woodland elf’ on the reverse. The elf, dressed in green hat and suit, is busy at work building a wooden birdhouse amidst typical northern Canadian forest scenery. The obverse features a unique profile portrait of Queen Elizabeth II. The coin was recently launched by the Royal Canadian Mint, based on a design by local artist Jesse Koreck, and is being sold at face value in … Continue reading PHOTO MOMENT: Canadian elf coin

STREET-AND-SKY SCENERY: Photo ‘exhibition’ by Anjali – an HEM special

Vijay Shah (editor) with Anjali Shah (photographer) A few months ago, my youngest sister Anjali received an iPhone as a gift. One of the things iPhones are renowned for is their impressive photographic capabilities, considering the phone’s camera is far smaller and more pressed for space compared to the usage specificity and technological prowess of specially made cameras from the likes of Canon, Nikon, Minolta etc. The iPhone, one of the most successful exports of the House of Apple, Inc. boasts a 8 megapixel camera and has become a weapon of choice for ‘pocket photographers’ who don’t want to be burdened by … Continue reading STREET-AND-SKY SCENERY: Photo ‘exhibition’ by Anjali – an HEM special

PHOTO MOMENT: Stunning Hawai’i sunset

“Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add colour to my sunset sky.” – Rabindranath Tagore (Thakur), Stray Birds The slipping grip of the setting sun transforms the sky and clouds into a gentle medley of dark purple and fiery shades of orange and red in this photo shared on Twitter. The exact location of the photograph is unknown, but is purported to have been taken on a beach somewhere in Hawai’i. There is a beautiful and appreciable contrast between the silhouettes of the palm trees as they are framed against the … Continue reading PHOTO MOMENT: Stunning Hawai’i sunset