Monday, January 15, 2018

People: Silhouette shots at the beach...








Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Joy: Sunsets en route home from day trips.....

Returning home after a joyous day outdoors concludes the trip in a happy note..
Cuyamaca State Park..........


Mount Palomar.......



Big Bear mountain..........




Carrizo Plain National  Monument.....




Monday, January 8, 2018

Place: Big Bear Mountain....

Last winter, spouse and me had a fabulous day trip to the Big Bear mountain in San Bernardino National Forest......




It was a fun day.......I am hoping for a trip this winter too..
But, the snow fall this season has been awful scanty,..barely 6 inch so far...I hope in remaining days of this month and February will receive some snow......

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Plant: big-leaf maple tree.......

A big-leaf maple tree leaf....in the rainforest of Olympic National Park............

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Passion: Birding........

Birding is a beautiful outdoor activity......In this regard, our present location offers us with a myriad opportunity........
And me and spouse make the most of this blessing....
The other day we hiked in San Joaquin wildlife sanctuary........with seven ponds and thickets of willow, sage, cottonwood, wild rose, reeds, mulefat, this place attracts numerous birds.......especially in winter........



Any given day, a person can spot above 20 bird species........
We saw some rare ones as well.......









Friday, December 29, 2017

People: Uber drivers.........

I don't have a car yet or even a driver license.....so I am using Uber service for appearing job interviews, if my spouse is not available to drive me around....
Most of them are middle-aged folks.....
Some males, some females......some laconic, some chatty.....from different ethnicities...going through different phases..having different histories....

One guy tells of his job interview...how he is getting an offer for  a job 40 miles away...and its not easy..

I learned the other to be an alumnus of my Alma mater San Diego State University, who graduated when I was not even born.....how humbling! He tells how Smog situation was bad in LA in the past..

Another tells how he had an Indian friend..angry... We agree that when things don't go as planned, or you are deprived from things, its easy to be angry...

Another says how he helps his passengers by listening to their problems..like  a lady going through stage IV cancer, with whom he prays for her healing..and gives her  a scripture..

Another young driver falters at an intersection...I ask him what led to the mistake..he says that lately his hands are sweating excessively...I have a bad sweating problem, and recently I learned to use gloves to soak the sweats...I advise him to use gloves.......

Another guy tells he has another job in a medical company, where he works 12h at a stretch.......from 5 in the the morning...

Thursday, December 28, 2017

People: The lady who never forgot to put seasonal decors....

While we were living in San Diego, theresa was this tall old lady who lived next door.......
She had some injuries,and I would often see her hobble, sometimes on the crutches......but she would never forget to put season-specific on her door front........like this little Santa toy.......

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Knowledge: Double yolks in an egg...

I had never seen two yolks in a chicken egg.......the other day as I cut  a boiled egg, saw this....
Both me and spouse felt it odd, some kind of mutation, and declined to eat it...it ended in the trash...

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Joy: Beautiful natural things....

Some of the very pleasant things that I was introduced to when arrived to this country.........

Callery pear flowers........the cluster of the serene white flowers shedding petals in the winter makes me happy.....

The brilliant color of coral tree flowers make me nostalgic..reminding of  'palash' flowers back home in India....

The starry leaves of sweetgum............

Endless blue Ocean....

Monday, December 25, 2017

Plant: Mistletoe..........

Mistletoes........



Christmas day........people might be smooching under the mistletoe..
I just love spotting them on the trees....
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