#SkywatchFriday – 40

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The Earth has its music for those who will listen.

Are you one of those who gets drawn to Nature? I do. As far as I remember it has always been that way for me. I’ve never felt solitude more blissful than when I’m close to the elements around me. In every walk of nature, I’ve received far more than I ever sought. I can say this with conviction, nature never fails us.

Back in the days when we lived in the hills, it was a necessity to form a bond with Nature because we were used to having few people around on the campus. In the long winter months, it became difficult to survive if you did not feel one with the mountains. Gradually, like many who came before me, I fell in love with life in the lap of the green mountains, as it brought along moments of isolation, of abandonment, of joy and serenity. Over time, it became a part of our conscious lives and shaped our sensibilities in a unique way that made us long for quiet, peace and serenity especially when we moved to the cities in big and small towns, with the memory of a quiet life still vivid in our hearts. And so it has been since. I’ve lived in countless cities after that, but home is still somewhere in the midst of the green mountains of childhood, where a part of me still lives on.

Cut to the present day. In my bustling city life, my only solace are the quiet moments of dawn and dusk; the luxury these days being, getting to capture sky shots and freeze the moments never mind the random constructions dotting the skyline. Sad to say that my slice of sky is diminishing day by day, as new highrises continue to come up and dot the city’s western skyline, as it has been over the past few months.

Before they are completely lost to us, I’m making an attempt to make a collection of my morning and evening sky shots to remind me later of what the sky used to be like. Today, I bring you some of these, mostly random shots, hoping you will enjoy them.




So, how did you find the sky pics? Do you like capturing nature shots too? I actually find this a very therapeutic activity – something about Nature is very soothing and I find myself irresistibly drawn to it. My belief is that –Nature teaches us to collect moments, not things, because the best that Nature has to offer, may only be experienced by us, never coveted or possessed – a fact that remains as real and as fascinating as ever. 

The other amazing thing about nature is the pace at which it goes. How ironic is it, that while we seem to rush around all the time, and often rue the fact that we still have a long way to go, nature goes at an easy pace and yet, manages to achieve everything on time, every single time. Nothing in Nature is out of place- the seasons come and go, the diurnal movements of the universe work to a planned order and everything seems to be in perfect harmony. 

Adopt the pace of Nature. Her secret is patience.

Do you feel drawn to Nature too? What does Nature mean to you? Don’t forget to share your thoughts and feedback in the comments below.

Wishing you all a very happy weekend and see you next week again. Till then, take care!

©Esha Mookerjee Dutta. March 2017.

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(Linking this with #Skywatch Friday, where people post beautiful sky shots from different parts of the world.)

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The beautiful Gulmohars of Bangalore: #ThursdayTreeLove 4

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This is the season for Bangalore’s Gulmohars – or mayflower trees – to bloom and lay a glorious orange carpet of flowers. Every morning, when I go for a walk in the park, I notice the beauty of these large magnificent trees lining up the sidewalk. Its’ canopy spreads out all across the entire breadth of the park, joining and tangling branches with the other ones of its kind, shading the roads and the footpaths. The boys on cycles wobble past it, the flower sellers and fruit vendors sit under its shade selling their wares, the senior citizens often catch up with their friends on benches under their arching branches sloping way below almost touching the ground. The trees here are almost 100 years old and they still stand tall and majestic.

As I complete my fifth and final round of walk this morning, I am filled with joy to simply revel in its presence, ignoring everything else. It is worrying that we are losing many of these beautiful trees slowly and surely and the city of Bangalore once called the ‘garden city’ is practically losing most of its green cover, all in the name of development.

The thought of losing these beautiful flowering trees reminds me of Robert Herrick’s famous lines:

Gather ye rosebuds while ye may,

Old Time is still a-flying;

And this same flower that smiles today

Tomorrow will be dying.

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Today, I am joining Parul Thakur with her post based on the theme, #Thursday Tree Love – a new photo feature on her blog. If you would like to play along, post a picture of a tree and link it back to her post.

Wordless Wednesday #25

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An empty wall comes alive with a painting, in the inner courtyard of the City Palace, Udaipur, Rajasthan. 

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(Linking up with Wordless Wednesday.)

Do not Quit!

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Sometimes, life lessons can come from the most unlikely places. It is strange now when I think of it how as an after-thought so many nuggets of wisdom have come to me in life, those which I cherish and pass on to my son who is going to be thirteen soon. Continue reading

The A-Z Blogging Challenge (2017): Theme Reveal

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It’s time for the #A-Z Blogging Challenge and for all those who are participating, preparations are already under way. This is going to be my second year of participation and even though I was not going to participate even until yesterday, I’ve had some inspiration and am now on it (much to my own surprise!!) Continue reading

Friendship – #FiveSentenceFiction

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You can always catch him hunched on the floor, by the window, staring wistfully. His little frame, hunched over, wishes for someone he could call a friend. Continue reading

Spring is coming: ThursdayTreeLove: #3

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Spring is here. As I stepped out for a walk yesterday, I couldn’t help but notice that the trees that were bare until a few days back, have tender leaves and pink blossoms on their branches. As you can see in the image, the topmost branches are still bare, which means we will have to wait a few more days to see the tree in full bloom. Continue reading

Wordless Wednesday #24

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‘Past and Present’.

(How life thrives in the midst of a ruined courtyard with derelict buildings from the once-glorious Vijayanagar Empire in Hampi.)

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(Linking up with Wordless Wednesday.)

Chance versus change #MondayMusings

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Life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change.

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It’s a thought that came to my mind this morning while I was about to mark a date in my diary to see my homeopath. Continue reading

Struggle today, Strength tomorrow – #FridayReflections

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“Keep Going. Your hardest times often lead to the greatest moments of your life. Keep going. Tough situations build strong people in the end.” -Roy T. Bennett.

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When the going gets tough, I often ask myself, “Why is this happening to me?”. At times, I know I have the answers, mostly I don’t. Continue reading