Thursday, July 20, 2017

Thought: On the epidemic ' depression'................

I was waiting in the trolley station of  my University..........
An old, 60-something Hispanic man sitting beside me started a conversation..
As I told my Asian ethnicity, he narrated how the Spanish explorers traveled to those places... and brought horses from Philippines, to the USA...the wild mustangs now invasive in the forests of South West...
Then he shifted topic and told how in the DMV offices, tri-lingual Middle Eastern girls work.. and it is a talent to be able to talk in three international languages..
In a long time someone talked such intelligent, unbiased stuffs..I was impressed..
Then our trolley arrived..and we went in our own directions...
-----------
After a week or so, I was again sitting in that bench..reading a book on 'California chaparral'..and was eating a banana...
I heard someone saying "banana has lots of potassium"...I instantly recognized the voice, and even before looking up told, "Yes, I remember you, and the nice conversation we had that day".
It was the same old man. He says, "I don't remember you".
I felt offended, juts a little. Then reminded him of the conversation and got back to the book.
After some time he told, "I could not remember you because I am battling depression".
I have been doing some research on neural circuitry of depression and precisely understand what actually happens in it. To make him feel better I told, "That is almost an epidemic now-a-days. Even kids ..".
He replied, "Mine is not mild, but a severe form. Sometimes, it continues for an entire month".
I told him not to take much stress at his age. He is an intelligent guy, so I mentioned the stress - high cortisol - high angiotensin - heart & kidney malfunction link,  though the vagueness of the suggestion sounded unconvincing to myself.
If he has a problem, he will brood. Don't I do so, when things don't work as per my plan? Its other thing that if plan A does not work I loose no time in working for plan B...
I was willing to listen more of his owes. Most people don't have the courage to bare their souls, and most will not bother to listen. But, then the trolley arrived, and he walked away..
-----
On my coach, there were hundred other people..from different strata of life....homeless, drug addict, old veteran, wheelchair-bound, single mother, young college students...........
I looked at there faces..
Are they doing well?...or hiding a sad reality like the old man?
What about me? 
Well, bad things happen every now and happen...but then I quickly find a plan B instead of dwelling on the problem..

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Food: Vegetable salads...

Vegetable salads are one of the most healthy of all foods...
Some from my kitchen..

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Plant: The giant sequoia tree.......

They are so big, you feel like dwarf...
The prized asset of California...that of Sequoia National Park..the namesake.
We visited in 2013..
Some shots..
A car can pass under it...

The giant root base...

Like a long, dark corridor....

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Fauna: Hooded orioles is our neighborhood........

A few days back, of all the trees in our leafy neighborhood, a pair of orioles honored us by choosing to build a nest on the greater bird-of-paradise plant beside our kitchen. It took three days for the pale-feathered female to weave a hammock-like nest out of palm fibers, underneath the huge leaf. Once she laid the eggs, she incubated them with the determination of a meditation. All these time, the turmeric-yellow male, perched on the jacaranda tree, groomed himself, stood guard, and regularly brought a moth, a butterfly or a bee, for her to feed on. The eggs hatched, the hungry, featherless chicks emerged. Both parents shared the duty of tending to them, frantically bringing grubs. Looks like the chirping chicks will fly away in a week or so. In the next Santa Ana wind from the desert, the nest is likely to fall off. Tiny they are, but the birds gave a big lesson in sustainability and regard for the nature.....





Monday, July 10, 2017

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Photography: Penguin in my garden

As the mercury rises..weaving some imagination to feel the cool...
My ceramic penguin statuette in the patio garden...



Saturday, July 1, 2017

Place: Summer sunset at Laguna beach........

It was a hot July afternoon...Western sky is amber color........palms are silhouetted...shouting its South California..




Sunday, June 25, 2017

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........

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..
Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

Visitor

Free counters!