Monday, November 20, 2017

Bird: Humming Bird spotting in the neighborhood.....

A pretty hummingbird with simmering collar........orangish,  departure from the  more common pink.....
Easily perched on the tip of a bird of paradise leaf...

I feel so lucky to be living in a place thronged by these beautiful birds.......

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Fauna: Butterflies engaged in mud-puddling........

Mud -puddling or foraging for salt and other nutrients from mud is a trait of butterflies....I have seen different species of butterflies congregating swampy ares and sipping the minerals.....

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Festival: Halloween......

It was Halloween day...........I was out walking in my Irvine neighborhood.........
Some amusing stuffs that I came across........
A giant spider.......

A guy dressed as a giant panda, riding  a scooter........


Scary clown........

While thinking of clown, I wonder how people don't use Gollum for added creeps..


Boo..........



Here is a burned tree...........ironic it is, there are millions of trees that have burned in the past month in the raging wildfire......

Friday, November 17, 2017

Thought: Interaction with the missionaries on 'religion'..

Spring morning, Balboa Park..the callery pears were in bloom.
Like most others, we were having a pleasant time by the iconic fountain..


A group of catholic missionaries approached us..
We knew there motives..
Introduction went nicely...country..culture..etc..
Then they asked our thoughts on 'how life started'?
I decided, being a biologist, I can better explain it. So, before anybody could say anything I narrated 'Not my view, I will tell the truth. 'Chemical evolution' is the answer. When right conditions prevailed, an organic molecule was formed. As it faced different stressors,  it diversified and million years of evolution have created the  living organisms.  That's why we share the same genomics with virus, bacteria, fungi, plants and other organisms, which is key region immune system becomes hyperactive in their contact, leading to diseases and death'.
They thought I am a hard nut to crack, and veered towards my spouse.
We hardly talk 'religion', so I had no idea what he will tell.
After, several other stuffs, they asked him his 'views on death and after it'.
Bluntly he told 'I don't know. I don't care. When I am done, I am done'.
It sounded harsh, but truths are harsh and it was truth.
He added 'Do you know why I am here today? To enjoy the nice morning, not to talk religion, life and death. So, if you will excuse us'.
As they left, I heard them mumbling 'Their fundamentals are not clear.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Fauna: Adorable animals of San Diego Zoo.......

For years now, we are annual members of San Diego Zoo, the world-famous zoo......
Here we got to see exotic animals from around the world.......like this.........
Giant panda......

Antelopes..........

Gerenuk...........

Lion.........

Capybara..........

Koala.........

Dik dik.........

Tasmanian devil.......

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Place: Lake McDonald in Glacier national park.........

Lake McDonald in Glacier National Park............
It was summer..people were having good time on the or by the shore of this spectacular lake......






Monday, November 13, 2017

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Place: Yosemite National Park...two seasons.....

Yosemite in summer 2014............drought reigned..


Yosemite in spring 2017............snow covered, waterfall cascaded, even it was raining.........water dominated.....


Bridal veil tumbles down.......

Creating a rainbow.....

Half dome is being unveiled.........

Driving along the Merced, in the dripping rain from the conifers, with spouse beside you......its nostalgic..


Saturday, November 11, 2017

Decor: Lounge chairs for the patio......

Some days back, my spouse got to patio lounge chairs....


I have not used them properly yet, but they should be fun to lie down and read in the tender sun of  winter...
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