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Open Door To Happiness: The Nature Connect

George Santayana, the Spanish -american philosopher, poet and novelist had rightly said- ‘The earth has its music for those who will listen’. We are all so caught up in our everyday mundane activities or work schedules that we often fail to notice the the abundant beauty of nature which surrounds us. Rather than popping pills for hypertension, break free from the vicious clutches of house chores for an hour or at least a few minutes everyday and choose a path that leads to peace and joy. All you need to do is take the first step. Be determined and step out and take a walk in a beautiful park or lake side. Listen to the earth’s melodious music and be healed and addicted to the soothing goodness for life. Well, I did just that yesterday and went for a long walk to the beautiful Sukhna Lake in Chandigarh (India). I was rewarded with clean fresh air, a spring in my step and some beautiful sunset pictures. This coming new year if you have to make a resolution, open the door to happiness- by embracing nature. Click on the following link to see those beautiful pictures.

Source: Open Door To Happiness: The Nature Connect

Open Door To Happiness: The Nature Connect

George Santayana, the Spanish -american philosopher, poet and novelist had rightly said- ‘The earth has its music for those who will listen’.

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We are all so caught up in our everyday mundane activities or work schedules that we often fail to notice the the abundant beauty of nature which surrounds us. Rather than popping pills for hypertension, break free from the vicious clutches of house chores for an hour or at least a few minutes everyday and choose a path that leads to peace and joy. All you need to do is take the first step. Be determined and step out and take a walk in a beautiful park or lake side. Listen to the earth’s melodious music and be healed and addicted to the soothing goodness for life. Well, I did just that yesterday and went for a long walk to the beautiful Sukhna Lake in Chandigarh (India). I was rewarded with clean fresh air, a spring in my step and some beautiful sunset pictures. This coming new year if you have to make a resolution, open the door to happiness- by embracing nature.

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Sukhna Lake, Chandigarh

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Sukhna Lake, Chandigarh

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Sukhna Lake, Chandigarh

These pictures were clicked with an Iphone 7, and they came  out so good that no filter has been used.

George Santayana quote picture source: Buzzfeed.com

Color Burst (Golden Trumpet)

Come end of March, the trees in the green belts of Chandigarh begin to flower. The first among these is the beautiful Golden trumpet ( Tabebuia chrysotricha).

Golden yellow flowers, like bellowing trumpets give the tree a befitting name. It loses most of its leaves during flowering as its a deciduous tree. The brilliant yellow of the flowers on almost bare branches makes for a striking burst of color against the clear blue sky!

Photo 101:Big and Point of View

I really wanted to experiment today, so decided to photograph a huge tree, from different angles on my evening walk to Rose garden, Chandigarh. I have a huge tree fetish and will probably one day write detailed posts on the different types of trees in our region. For today, I’ll be happy just with these photos clicked from different angles and points of view. The first one is a long shot, while the second is of the same tree clicked crouching on the ground! The tree trunk appears slimmed down with the rose looking monstrous in comparison.Which one do you like more?

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Slimmed down !

The cover picture is a favorite, clicked in the famous Kew Gardens of London.

Nature Connect (Gloucester Harbor,Massachusetts)

Can there be anything more rejuvenating than connecting with nature? Especially during travel. Yes, especially during travel- far away from the city, far from the madding crowd, just to connect with nature. Steal a few beautiful moments to be with nature and then capture them with your lens so that they remain with you forever. Its one of my secrets to remain happy!

Today, I wish to share a photo gallery from our travels to the Gloucester Harbor, Massachusetts in USA. We had the good fortune and opportunity to drive along the prestigious area along the harbor, close to Gloucester’s Good Harbor beach. Though human habitation is pretty evident, the wide open spaces, lush grass, azure blue skies and clear sparkling waters of the Atlantic ocean provide an immediate connect with nature. Unspoiled and pure. A must visit place for the nature enthusiast! Let the pictures do the rest of the talking.

P.S: No filter, no edit – just auto correct used on a couple of them.
Photo credit: Anil Nanda and Ritu Nanda

Day 5: Photo 101 Solitude

Photo challenges are fun and great inspiration for new posts. Today’s inspiration is Solitude with the ‘Rule of thirds’.

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Alone and happy- Bulbul bird

Sticking to just a picture today, as I’ve already composed an earlier post on solitude in the form of a haiku poem 🙂 See link below

https://riturang.wordpress.com/2015/12/21/solitude-haikusenryu/ . The picture in this earlier post was clicked in Switzerland’s Lake Lucerne.

 

 

Busy Indian Street

We are fortunate to experience varied seasons in our country. Currently, we are enjoying spring in all its glory. The days are longer and warmer. The evenings are breezy and balmy. These pictures reflect the mood on a busy street in the market place. Ice-cream, milkshake and juice are welcome along with long walks!

 

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A Bird Watcher!

I’m not really a great animal lover but I do have a healthy respect for all living beings and believe in a live and let live policy. I must confess that I am rather scared of dogs, although I have conquered this fear to some extent now as compared to when I was much younger. IMG_1978What I really love and enjoy is bird watching. I also think I am fortunate enough to be living in a beautiful place like Chandigarh (India) which is clean and green. The green cover is conductive and encourages the habitat of various bird species in the region. You can easily spot the brown and grey hornbills, parrots, woodpecker, hoopoe, eagles and cuckoo birds.There is a host of other birds like the sweet and swift hummingbird and so many more that I have yet to identify. Pigeons and mynahs love living close to residential areas and are not scared of humans. A lovey dovey pigeon couple has FullSizeRender (2)made a nest near our split air conditioner box (see picture) and the mynah is in the process of making her nest on the neem tree in my yard! The other day there was a full on fight between the parrots who are already nesting on the neem tree and this mynah and her mate. It really had to be seen to be believed. It simply amazes me! My daughter jokes that I’m on the way to becoming an expert on birds and their behaviour. Bird watching sure is therapeutic for me and I love clicking their pictures. Yes, bird watching is rewarding – it makes you pause and ponder and

Mynah bird on my Neem tree
Mynah bird on my Neem tree

appreciate the beautiful artistry of nature. It helps me  to unwind and relax.

The pictures clicked in this post are with the help of my Iphone, which is ‘oh! so convenient’ as compared to a conventional camera. Phoneography is becoming a way of life in today’s times. My husband and I love clicking pictures of birds we spot around our home and on our morning walks in the beautiful gardens of Chandigarh. I would love to add that I really don’t care for a menagerie with animals or birds captive; I

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Companionship

would rather have them free and in their natural habitat.

The Neem Tree in My Yard

There is an old neem tree in my house yard,

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Full of dense green foliage,

Come winter most of the green was chopped off

Coz it prevented the sun from showing off.

Much to my dismay!

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woodpecker

Then , one day we saw a woodpecker on the neem tree

Pecking happily away.

Is she searching for insects?

Or was she drilling to make a nest?

My interest in the neem tree was recaptured,

And so was that of a pair of mating parrots.IMG_3261

They hijacked the nest partly crafted by the woodpecker,

And set to work, digging with beak and claws deeper and deeper,IMG_3260

Ready to call the neem tree their home

With their friendly neighbours; the squirrels and the doves!IMG_3322

A Productive Day!

There are some days when you wish to give yourself a pat on the back. Today was one such day for me. I accomplished a lot of work  and the best part is that that I’m still feeling fresh and energetic at the end of the day, and peacefully writing my daily blog especially for Nablopomo.Touchwood!! ( I’m not really superstitious -just a wee bit!). What all did I accomplish? Here it goes–

  • Read the morning papers and was able to flip through my favourite magazine.
  • Re-organized my winter wardrobe
  • Re-organized my husband’s winter wardrobe. Setting the winter wardrobe and packing off of the summer clothes is a much talked about and sometimes feared task in northern India- when it starts to become slightly cold. Its almost like a ritual and often a conversation starter at family gatherings and get-togethers.   “Have you done your winter wardrobe yet?”- Everyone is keen to know.
  • Did 2 loads of laundry- in the washing machine of course, but don’t forget the prep and after care like folding etc.The more difficult to iron clothes will be given to the Dhobi ( Indian washerman ) and expensive clothes will be sent to the drycleaners. Just have to be ready to pay huge bills!
  • Re-shuffled and cleaned the shoes cabinet. Pushed away strappy sandals and took out shoes and some with bling to wear in the Indian wedding season.
  • Cooked a delicious meal comprising dal, beans and also made a stir fry with couscous. Surely, I am grateful for the domestic help I got in the kitchen in terms of chopping and cutting of the vegetables.

As i write this post , I realize that two thing I missed today.One, I missed my daily walk coz I was so busy in all this work. Second, I hardly drank any water today!  This,  I can surely remedy ( one must drink at least 8 glasses of water a day); so let me take a break and gulp down a tall glass of water. Until next time then -err…next post.