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..

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Plants: Magnolia...other varieties..

I have posted often on Southern magnolia and Japanese magnolia..
However, there are numerous varieties of magnolia..
I saw some of them in a recent visit to Washington park arboretum in Seattle..
It was autumn, so, flowers not there...but the pods were gracing the trees...


Will try to find their IDs...

Monday, May 22, 2017

Place: Our day out at Irvine regional park......

 Irvine regional park...a nice place to spend a fun-filled day...
Lots of space,lawn, sycamores, a stable, lakes, toy train, a zoo......

A mallard in a lake...the water quality sure is poor...


Sunday, May 21, 2017

Thought: Adjusting to situation..

Life throws surprises, lemonades, acids, thorns quite often...one must adapt accordingly..to remain sane, and productive..

I had/have this two dreams very close to me...
(1) Being self-dependent..
and...
(2) Caring for aging parents..

Both got kaput...with the marriage to this NRI guy...of course it was my own decision, and I feel good about it..after all, you don't come across a God-like spouse easily..

So, how to deal with the unexpected situation? Solution is not easy..

First aim can be worked around..
One wishes to be self-dependent for 'money' and 'meaningful contribution to the world'
Money is not much of a concern in this case..
Contribution is not at all....even people in best positions in research world can't be publishing 10-12 papers/books a year....and if my publications are getting me international collaborators, I must be publishing sense...

Second aim is difficult..
Especially when you have a father who does not wish to visit another country..
Thankfully, I have siblings who can take care of them, till I can establish my roots here..and get that 'alien' status off my back.

While you are dealing with such quandaries, people make those more difficult with their barbs and prejudices...
These are my issues....you must have your own ....resolve them by sorting out your priorities..

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Passion: Experience of growing flowers from seeds...

We love flowers....but, growing them is not easy......
Novice people generally buy saplings..that's easy to maintain..I do it sometimes..
Developing the plants from seed is not so easy...so when they survive and bloom, its great joy..

My cardinal climber...



Zinnia...




I bought the seeds from Home Depot or Amazon...
And now months later, they are blooming in autumn...

Friday, May 19, 2017

Place: Deception Pass State Park, Washington...

Deception Pass......a popular State park.....north of Seattle..
A harbor seal swimming merrily in the water ....juts like a mermaid..clicked from the iconic bridge..

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