Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Joy: Cornucopia from my garden....

Cornucopia....

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Fauna: Animals..

Saw this pup other day...looked like a bear cub..


Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Though: Evolutionary success requires adaptation.....

Some creatures adapt better to the changes ushered in by human...they get successful..
Crow, pigeon, sparrow are some of those......
Alos this King bird......

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Place: Reminiscing Fullerton arboretum.....

It was spring..at Fullerton arboretum...verdant greenery everywhere...
Dense nasturtium covered the ground...
Me and spouse had a great time taking a stroll in the huge, well-maintained arboretum..

Friday, November 2, 2018

Place: Carrizo Plain National Monument........

Carrizo Plain National Monument, in  San Luis Obispo County was awash with wild flowers........It was May 2017...
On our way back from Yosemite National Park, we decided to visit the ephemeral floral haven on and at the base of Temblor Range...
The flowers had already started to shrivel..and it was a hot day but it was still enchanting...

San Andreas Fault runs along the base of the mountain....

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Health: Fertility, and Pregnancy....

Human population boom has threatened the environment and other organisms...so, I thought, human reproductive success might be easy as an apple pie....but I was wrong..

Now I work in a genetic laboratory that assists IVF clinics....and it gave me some insight on the problems with human fertility......

Degrading air quality, processed food, and estrogenic cosmetics are causing inflammation..resultant immune activation is hostile for a successful pregnancy....

Awareness, and disciplined lifestyle can save couples from misery, exorbitant costs of assisted fertility, and health risks........
And as a medical scientist, I assure that Kokopelli, the fertility god is going to be of no help, until immune homeostasis is not restored..

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Observation: Snags...

A snag in the forest of Sequoia National park........

Another in King's Canyon National Park......

Monday, October 22, 2018

Experience: Meeting World's tallest man..

Few years back, there was this Anatolian food and culture festival in our city Costa Mesa.....we had visited there, and got  a taste of Turkey...there we had met world's tallest man..Sultan K√∂sen ...a Turkish-Kurdish man...his height wa 8 ft 2.82 in..
His excessive height was due to acromegaly, a tumor of the pituitary gland.

Here is  his picture with my spouse and some friends..


Friday, October 19, 2018

Heath: Obesity.........

Everybody knows obesity risk is rising worldwide.......
People think its all about food....processed food definitely is  a culprit...but its not the only one..
Air pollution..estrogenic chemicals..reckless usage of medication...stress..........cause metabolic syndrome..



Its not about aesthetics..but health...quality of life..and life span..
Self-discipline can prevent inflammation...and resolve metabolic issues..

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Health: Tattoo.....

Tattoo......its  a form of style statement...but, I don't think it should be done..

Art is great...but body is hardly an ideal canvas..
I am a medical professional, so I know how a tattoo can trigger immune provocation.....which will unleash  a litany of complications.......

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Kitchen: Making vegetarian soups.......

Recently I made some vegetarian soups.........
Celery soup..........

Mushroom soup..........

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Technique: Hydroponics......

Almost everybody knows that hydroponics is the technique of growing plants without soil.....
Generally mineral-fortified water is used to grow the crops in this technique...
I put a cut celery root in water and this is what I got.......

Friday, October 5, 2018

Place: The Cabin resort we stayed in for Sequoia National Park visit..

In our recent trip to Sequoia National Park, we stayed in a cabin....
In front of the cabin, there were two lakes and a koi pond.....
Colorful koi fish were swimming among the lily pads...


Several canoes floated on the lake.....


The cabin owner's house was impressive.......

Some feral cats hung out in the premise........


The Kaweah river flowed few steps away.......so wildlife could be spotted in abundance......
Quail......

Turkeys.....

Squirrrel.....

Deer.....

Scrub jay.......

Robi, at the dawn, catching worm..

Mornings were very tranquil.......

I wonder how wonderful that place would feel in rain, autumn and winter snow?

Monday, October 1, 2018

Thought: Traits which make humans real humans........

I have tremendous respect for humble, honest, humane humans........
I respect and am inspired by people who face tragedies head-on, keep sanity, and emerge victors...

This old man who lives all alone in a trailer in the desert......
My young friend, who lost her husband in her early 30's and raising her son single-handedly...
My boss who is rich, but helped his not-so-well-endowed sibling by giving a job to her son..
My sister who despite her limitations did her best to help all other siblings..
The stranger who offers me a pair of sandals when mine got stolen in a Indian train ...and the one who offers me two water bottles in a scorching hot summer day......

We are ultimately grey characters...bad and good traits exist as mosaic...still we can stand up to the occasion to bring some cheers to people's life..



Saturday, September 29, 2018

Place: Lush Montana....

Montana...we had visited in 2013 summer.........lush green everywhere you lay your eyes on...


Back in California, drought was taking shape. which lasted till 2016...

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Observation: Sorry state of housing in South California..

I find the housing situation in California very strange and deplorable..
Affording a house is not easy for young immigrant couples like us, with work permit ban, high health insurance, and other stuffs...

So, we live in apartments...in the past 7 years, we have lived in 4 different apartments in 4 different cities....rents rose with each relocation..we had happy memories in all of them, but also unpleasant once......

I can manage in a small place, but other nuisances..especially those pose health risk are intolerable.

The first one in Costa Mesa....I don't remember much bad things about it..though it was near the airport, and every few minutes, the roaring sound of takeoff would punctuate the silence..and a tiny mouse started making my kitchen filthy towards the end......


The second was in San Diego...This place was the worst..when endless number of German cockroaches emerged after months of moving into the apartment...live or dead, both ways, these bugs are allergenic....and I got severely sick...immune activation, inflammation..symptoms of asthma, brain itching, depression, amenorrhea, polycystic ovary syndrome, multiple sclerosis, you name it.....also, the apartment was near the I-15. Sometimes carbon monoxide would be generated and it would force its way into the house, waking us up from sleep at night...scary it was!.


My spouse made sure to rent a nice place in a leafy suburb for our third relocation...and it was posh Irvine..but not altogether problem-free. I hated when the fragrant laundry smell from the dryers choked the air..They should have found another way to dispose of the smell..in front of a grave problem like air pollution all other aesthetic investments are meaningless..


The fourth was in Mission Viejo..we took it for its vicinity to my workplace, despite knowing its location next to a busy intersection..but soon other, unthinkable issues emerged..a ugly pickup truck laden with pool cleaning stuffs would be parked every day next to the backyard; the neighbors residing upstairs would dump water in their balcony which splattered on my patio; the water pipe in the bedroom leaked soaking the carpet.....the outside AC unit fan motor would loudly whir and stop continuously....the noise and smell of leaf blower, lawn mower, trash truck, U haul truck....all within a period of 3 months!


Hate the state of housing here...

Monday, September 10, 2018

Observation: Fate of the bee hive.....

Last week I discovered a beehive on the Cassia tree in the premise of my workplace, under which I take my lunch..

(It's the picture of another hive in a fig tree.)
It was nice to see the hive form..in few hours it had grown triple in size, by the laborious bees.......
But it was scary as well...the other day, in a hiking trip, a friend had been bitten in the thigh, and I am allergic to cockroach, so I hold added risk..
But, they have the right to build  a hive where they want....and I thought, they will maintain the hive for  awhile and then move away.....
But, some other people in the adjacent buildings have noticed it as well...and bee removal service has been called..
After the weekend, when I came to work, the hive was gone..
I felt mixed feelings...bee threat is gone, but why must we remove all other organisms from our path?
Are not the bees not innocuous if not provoked?

We can decimate the forest, their habitat...but when they encroach in our space, they are not tolerated, even for few days......

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Thought: Realizing inner strength......

We often underestimate our strength.......because human life in modern time is rather stable....we took many things for granted....
I used to rely too much on my spouse, until we had a tiff over something important..
I was appalled by his behavior and lack of respect for my wish....and decided to be as independent as much possible..
Before this incident, I used to take his help even in opening the child-proof cap of my vitamin bottle...and his driving for reaching to and from my workplace...

But with few attempts I could open the cap...and started walking to and from work, even at night (since I don't have a car yet)....

I had forgotten how I used to travel alone across the country often changing multiple trains and planes..hauling my luggages...making friends all the way.

Dependent status in foreign country made me weak......

I am thankful for high academic credentials and a job....otherwise, it could me utter misery..
I ask people, especially girls to be as independent as possible....

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Place: Glacier national park reminisces.........

In summer 2013, we had visited Glacier National Park.......So many things happened in that year, I had not got time to blog on the beautiful discoveries...
Thimbleberry bushes hugging a path through the woods..

A gorgeous flower pot near the Lake McDonald.....

Robin nest near a path to a waterfall..


A mountain goat on the cliffs, licking minerals......

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