Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Observation: Sky view from my patio garden..

Sky...from my patio garden.....






The speck is a raptor flying among the clouds...

A plane passes by........

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Fauna: David and Goaliath

A crow and a hooded oriole........


Monday, June 19, 2017

Thought: How marketing gimmicks are jeopardizing human health..

Now-a-days, when I feel like watching something, I do watch 'Mad Men'..
Those who don't know, what it is, it's a television series based in 1960s' New York.
A bunch of ambitious, unscrupulous advertisement guys would stoop to any level to sell their products, and climb the corporate ladder.
My profession is just the opposite..healthcare..promoting awareness..week after week, I have been cancelling my weekend outdoor plans, for I am stuck with some or other research/ publication tasks..
So, why do I watch? Their confidence and understanding of human psychology is interesting. The way they keep saying, 'Society has a secret death wish'.....and....'People desperately need to be told what to do' I kind of feel its true..
 Just last year, I have been visiting several stores for I needed a particular deoderant...the mist type..cucumber fragrance.
Today..after some eye-opener insights, my bath cabinet is completely empty... I look back, and think, it was a type of 'death wish'.. from sheer ignorance..
Now, settled in my study in South California, I read about the severe air pollution in Delhi...and how the residents have been advised to stay indoors during Diwali..
I don't think most people will stop bursting crackers..they will add further to the particulate matter load...unfortunately, religion has been a priority over environment and nature...'a kind of death wish'.. 

Friday, June 16, 2017

Place: Cape Flattery.........

Cape Flattery is the North West point of the contiguous US (barring Alaska)..
We visited it during our trip to Washinton..........
A scenic place with rugged shore line......

With binoculars, I spotted this group of otters.........


Thursday, June 15, 2017

Place: Quinault lake..........

Quinault lake in Olympic national park............
Lots of waterfalls, accommodations, hiking trails around it..
Its one an evening in late August..

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Fauna: Urban wildlife viewing in Irvine....

Some animals are better-adapted to live in urban setting than others...
As go on my walks in the neighborhood, I see these creatures quite often...
Dove..

Crow..

Finch..

Mourning dove..

Woodpecker...


They have got used to human way of life...

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Fauna: Monkeys and primates.......

San Diego zoo has a rich variety of monkeys and primates.......representatives from different geographical locations.........Indonesian palm forest to Amazon rain forest...Madagascar to Indian Western Ghat...


Spot-nosed guenon...


Capuchin monkey.....

Chimpanzee........

Colobus monkey....

Orangutan.....

Mandrill.........

Lion-tailed macaque.....

Mangabey.....

Gibbon......

Marmoset...



Francois's langur.......

Squirrel monkey.....

Siamang....its vocal cord is specializes..

#Please respect evolution and never use any product that has caused harm to these precious animals..

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Thought: Graceful old age...

Living long is a big thing...
Living it well by graceful aging is another.........
When I used to commute in San Diego trolley, I would see  woman, who must be in her 80's but everything about her was so impeccable...I used to marvel at her good lifestyle choices...
The actress Betty White is another such elegant old lady...also Maggie Smith..
Some of such women who transitioned to old age tastefully...





Friday, May 26, 2017

Observation: Wind mills in California Desert.....

Wind mills spotted in Colorado Desert.....
In the deserts, wind blows unobstructed....so, an ideal place to harvest the alternative energy..

In Tehachapi and near El Centro, there are thousands of them installed...
I just wonder, if they don't harm birds...
In fact, I have read that that the blades often chop of the unsuspecting birds...is not sad!
Nothing in the nature is straight-forward..

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Passion: Croton in my garden..

A spotted croton in my garden...
Myriad pigments...adds much color to the garden..


I hope, it will grow into a stunning shrub some day..
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