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.
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.
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.
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.
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 🙂
The new year 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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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.
Recent 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.