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Environment Introspection Flowers

बस यूँही……..


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I have always been amazed by and admire the unadorned and unembellished beauty that a flower represents when bloomed. Each is unique, each is equally beautiful irrespective of size, shape, colour and fragrance. If we can all admire flowers irrespective of our cultural background, why can’t we do it to another creation of God:  humans…
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#Environment,
#Nature,
#Flowers_In_our_Garden
#Beauty_Around_Us

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Environment Inspiration Nature Serenity Sunrise

बस यूँही……….


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The dawn of a new day signifies a continuum,
Lighting up new dreams and aspirations,
Moving on from disappointments and failures of the past,
Starting a new leg of the journey anew,
Writing a new page in the story…..
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#Sunrise,
#Aspirations,
#Nature
#Naturescapes
#Hope_Springs_Eternal
#Hopelessly_In_Love_With_Nature

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Introspection Serenity

बस यूँही……..


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A picture posted by a friend on her FB wall set off a chain of thought.
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The human mind is very imaginative and can see situations where they may not exist…
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#Random_Thoughts
#Dreams
#Different_Perspective

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Environment Nature

बस यूँही…….


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The single large acacia tree makes a great counterpoint against the backdrop of an expanse of paddy fields and a mountain ridge in the background. It usually offers refuge to a large number of Weaver birds (Baya) that weave their lovely flask like nests suspended from the thorny branches. For an inexplicable reason, the Baya have all but disappeared from the area this year, barring just a few pairs. A mystifying event, and one that is rather sad, too.
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#Naturescapes,
#Loneliness,
#Shelter,
#Hopelessly_in_love_with_nature

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Birds Environment

बस यूँही…..


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I noticed the Brown  shrike sitting alone on a power cable around 200 metres away. My canine was tugging at my hand, excited and energized in the great outdoors. I got a single shot of the bird looking at something interesting to its left. A very common bird in the neighborhood.
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The brown shrike (Lanius cristatus) is a common bird of the shrike family that is found mainly in Asia. It is closely related to other shrikes.  The genus (Lanius) name,is derived from “butcher” in Latin  and some shrikes are also known as “butcher birds” because of their feeding habits. The specific cristatus is the Latin word for “crested”, used in a broader sense than in English. The common English name “shrike” is from the Old English word from scríc, “shriek”, referring to the shrill call.

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Inspiration Nature

बस यूँही……..


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The most pleasing sight this monsoon.
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The Baya /Weaver birds had gone missing this entire monsoon. The expected thorny acacia trees where we always see a flock busily weaving their intricate nests were uniformly bereft of the birds, for an inexplicable reason. Last summer some uncaring human predators set fire to clear some underbrush, singeing the one acacia which is their most favoured nesting locale. It was so sad to see no nests coming up and both of us missed them. Finally, after a long hiatus, we did find one bird carefully putting together a single nest for the lady of his dreams. The circle of life is set into motion once again….
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#Nature,
#Life_starts_anew,
#Hope_Springs_Eternal,
#The_Circle_of_Life

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Environment Nature

बस यूँही…….


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The clouds came in low, hugging the landscape, evidently tired by months of ferrying in the moisture. Unlike earlier in the season, they seemed to just be able to cross the ridge, resting on the mountains for a well deserved respite from the long trudge. The effect was just magical, a dreamy, surreal environment created out of a determined ridge standing forlorn, yet steadfast against the skies.
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#Monsoon_Magic,
#Sting_In_The_Tail,
#Nature,
#Different_Perspective

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Environment Introspection Nightscapes Romancing the Moon

बस यूँही……


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Relatively cloudless skies and a brilliant सप्तमी moon gave me an opportunity to explore the Selene landscape once again.
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For the poet at heart, a powerful telephoto lens or a good telescope is a bit of a disappointment. The fair, radiant countenance is so terribly pock marked with thousands of impacts from flying rocks of varying sizes that have left Earth’s twin scarred forever.
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#Nightscapes
#Moon
#Hopelessly_In_Love_With_Nature

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Introspection Nightscapes

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The lovely picture of a road lit up in golden hues was sent by a friend Shri Anoop Sood from Shimla. It evoked the couplet and reminded me of a famous poem.
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Waiting

The song I came to sing
remains unsung to this day.
I have spent my days in stringing
and in unstringing my instrument.

The time has not come true,
the words have not been rightly set;
only there is the agony
of wishing in my heart…..

I have not seen his face,
nor have I listened to his voice;
only I have heard his gentle footsteps
from the road before my house…..

But the lamp has not been lit
and I cannot ask him into my house;
I live in the hope of meeting with him;
but this meeting is not yet.

    Rabindranath Thakur
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#Nightscapes ,
#Eternal_Wait,
#Urban_Photoscapes

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Environment Inspiration Nature

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Just a matter of perspective: It is important to dream and to aspire but perhaps more important to be realistic and not overestimate one’s capabilities, one of the biggest sources of angst and rancour in the times we live in…
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#Hopelessly_in_love_with_nature ,
#Inspiration ,
#Ambitions,
#Realism,
#Nature ,
#Nature_Photography ,
#Mountainscapes

Pic courtesy my friend Shri Anoop Sood who recently visited Zanskar