Saturday, February 6, 2016

Season: When El Nino whipped up a storm........

El Nino showed its prowess for the second time within a month....this time it was about less rain and more gusty wind, reaching as high as 35miles/h ........
It looked ominous...caused major damages...uprooted massive oaks and eucalyptus....led to power outages.....injuries..even a death..
I dared to venture out as the storm howled and tormented trees, stripping them of remaining leaves, and breaking branches...
Palms were resilient...they swayed and their fronds looked disheveled, but retained full integrity and survived unscathed..



Eucalyptus trees were not so lucky...the clumps of branches looked like seaweeds on sea shore..

The pines let the fierce wind tilt to an angle and lost most of their mature cones and some needles...

Some brave sycamore leaves refused to give in...

The delicate blossoms of Callery pear create a picture of paradox....not one to loose their petals before ensuring pollination...

The puddles streaked with myriad ripples...

Ephemeral grass being assaulted...

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Season: Tender leaves in Spring.....

After the eyesore look of the winter-stressed bare trees, when the bud breaks dormancy and tiny, tender leaves emerge, it makes such a promising sight....



Monday, February 1, 2016

Plant: Water lilies....

Water lilies...they make such a delightful sight....blooming on swampy ponds or garden fountains...
With bees hovering about them...and colorful koi swimming beside them........




Sunday, January 31, 2016

Place: Mojave desert..

Mojave desert......the vast arid land dotted with creosote and the signature Joshua tree, among other xerophytes, stretches from California, Necvada, utah to Arizona..........
We often have to traverse it while accessing North-East California, Las Vegas, Utah....so, have travelled through it numerous times.....the stunning Hw395 runs through it.....also I-15, I-40, I-58....
The vast, desolate land can make anybody awe-struck......some shots...
Amazing geological features....

Painted hills...

Low altitude, saline flats....

Layers of hills which ultimately graduate to become the Sierra range...

On overcast day, the depth of the landscape is more spectacular..

Jagged granite rock formations..

A grey day with the Saline stretch of Owens Valley glistening in a never-ending straight-line...

The straight roads piercing through the desert floor........

Stunted bush..mostly creosote and sage scrub...

Abandoned houses and Metal sculptures......

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Joy: Autumn girl all the way......

My blog reflects my unwavering love for Autumn season even though I am yet to see it in its glorious best......I am enamored with this season of  'senescence yet brilliance' to that extent that I put this word in almost all of my user account passwords :)...
Myself soaking in autumn...........among the splendor of green ash, black oak, sycamore and aspen...











Thursday, January 28, 2016

Bird: Travellers of the blue sky....






Reflection: The agony of job search...........

Sometimes I feel money runs the world...not talent or merit...
I have solid reasons to feel so...
Every day, I find my email inbox crammed with myriad invitations to contribute journal articles, book chapters etc., from open access publishers  and get flooded with invites  to attend or be speaker at National/ International conferences.....
But at this juncture I don't need those......
Also, those calls are mostly interested in money, in the form of publication  charge or registration fee...
What I really need is a suitable job fitting my qualifications......which without being boastful, I must say is quite impressive to deserve decent jobs....
When I do apply to potential recruiters get that good old, formal reply..."...this time we decide to move on to other candidates, while wishing you best ......"....I wonder, if they even bother to look at my resume?.......
I get it, job search is not fun.....that too not any random job, but a highly-skilled, academic-research-software job.... compounded to the fact of foreign Nationality.....and further, the obligation to find it in a particular city, for personal reasons...
I hope (against hope).....this travail will be transient......Don't they say 'Every cloud has a silver lining'?...........
Though some might be lucky and not necessarily more talented to have escaped this despondent phase, I believe, most of you will resonate with my thoughts and apprehensions.....With this angst, here I browse for yet another potential job......
And for sharing my anguish, enjoy these delightful shots...




Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Photography: With the Ganesh idol as subject...

A friend had gifted this tiny Lord Ganesh statuette as a wedding gift exactly five years back...I carry it with me..and often use as a subject of photography...here, I have tried to capture the variable backgrounds....









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