A moment in time

Thich Nhat Hanh, the famous peace activist and Buddhist monk has recently returned to his native Vietnam to live out his final years. I remember visiting his rally in downtown LA years ago. We listened to speakers and drummers, and practiced mindful walking in the large park. It was all very peaceful. Kind of like this mimosa flower, quietly exuding its inner beauty, alongside the wall of a home in Goa, India.

Renewal

Recent rains in southern California are helping to turn black to green. The hills blackened by fires are visible in the background, but the beautiful green signals rebirth, renewal and hope. Note Mr California Cow with his very symmetrical form, staring straight at you.

Happy Halloween

Our ‘hood here has been very creative with Halloween decor of hooded creatures, skeletons and pumpkins. I love the dressing up for Halloween too, but personally prefer ‘happy’ to ‘scary’. May our choices, whether it be for Halloween, the upcoming elections, or just life, truly reflect our hopes, not fears.

Epic epi

I made this PhotoGram into a canvas print for a dear friend recently. It features a lovely epiphyllum bloom, from the backyard of the home we just moved out of. The quote is a catchy 1965 song written by Hal David, with music by Burt Bacharach, and popularized by the voice of Jackie DeShannon. I first remember hearing it in a Calvin Klein commercial. Listen to it once and it’s stuck in your head… which might not be a bad thing actually.

Interdependence

I can’t do, without you…. 🙂 Got the Abba song going on in my head now. A friend pointed out these symbiotic plants to me on a recent hike in the Santa Monica mountains. It’s amazing how the delicate climber latches on to seemingly dead branches so it can make it to the sunlight. A reminder that all of us need each other, regardless of our strengths and weaknesses. Co. Exist.

Unity in diversity

Spring break found us hiking in the San Jacinto area mountains. Sighting the huge, multicolored rock pile on an Idyllwild trail got me humming this quote. It’s taken from the lyrics of a well-known song by the international music group, Gen Verde, and basically reiterates the principal of unity in diversity. The PhotoGram had to be made 🙂

Spring is in the air!

New blooms, new berries sprouting all over in late winter are promising a colorful springtime. Young people are rallying everywhere with chants of “give peace a chance”. Don’t know about you, but these red berries do make me smile…Spread the peace!

The month of love!

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A bright new super moon heralded the arrival of February. This photo was actually taken the day after the super/blue/blood full moon of January. The quote from ML King Jr, whose day was celebrated last month, encompasses all love, including the romantic kind that’s celebrated this month.

A new year, a new challenge

The new year18Challenge_PG started off with challenges for a lot of people. As the author of the featured quote, Roy Bennett writes, ‘Difficulties and adversities viciously force all their might on us and cause us to fall apart, but they are necessary elements of individual growth and reveal our true potential.’ This inspiring view of Mt Whitney, California’s tallest peak, reminds us to go on, surmounting our challenges and becoming stronger for it.

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A touch of nature

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Being in nature makes us feel one with the universe. There is an energy in the wild that lifts us up, energizes us. This photograph was taken at the Muir Woods, just north of San Francisco, California. Muir Woods was designated as a National Monument in 1908, and preserved for the thousands of visitors to enjoy its massive redwood trees. The land was named after the famed environmentalist John Muir, who helped establish the National Parks in the US. These are now coming under threat, and we need to be vigilant that these lands remain protected and free from human interference for the generations to come.

Compassion in action

17Compassion_PGRecent weeks have tested humanity with various natural and man-made disasters. The news is spattered with disaster narratives most of the time. But beneath the darkness, there have been reports of heroism and people reaching out to those in need, many a times risking their own lives in the process. We laud these heroes who have risen above the norm, in compassion towards their fellow beings. Pictured here are the beautiful minaret-shaped formations rising out of the Santa Monica mountains.

A Feeling of Joy

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Spring this year, was bountiful. Dry southern California landscapes came alive with the showers, as in this photo by Lizard Rock in Thousand Oaks. Now we’ve had quakes, floods and fires around the world, yet things have been relatively good. We are still alive, as we read this. Feel the joy!