Monday, June 29, 2015


Road side pillow store!

 Now you can ask me what is this mini craft fair doing in the hills. I too was surprised, when I saw a man sitting beside this pile on the road side. It's around 5 o'clock in the evening when we're out for a walk. I went up to him to see the two types of pillows, he was selling. He told me that he belonged to Uttar Pradesh (it is the largest state both population and area wise in India) and that they have formed a group which gets this cotton material from the bazaar. After stitching they fill  the pillow covers with cotton and go to different parts of the country to sell on road sides. He seemed satisfied with the profit he's making.

Today, it is cloudy and dark. I went up to the lawn  and clicked these two pictures to share with you. Many plants of this variety of flowers are growing in the lawn of our complex.

Friends, welcome here as always!

Linking to:  Our World,  image-in-ing,  Today's Flowers,  Nature Notes, I Heart Macro

Saturday, June 27, 2015


 My catch of the week:

The butterfly had a small, white and purple design underneath, on one side of each wing.

Yesterday, I's leaning against the railing of the balcony, when all of a sudden, I caught sight of this black beauty hovering  around bushes about twenty feet down on the slopes. What amazed me was its extraordinary  nimble speed.  It kept flapping its wings and hardly settled on any flower for a second. So i didn't even think of capturing it. Soon it flew away out of sight.

Since the day was sunny yet cool, I felt like going up to the lawn  with the camera in hand. 'Lo and behold,' I saw it there with the same elusive mesmerizing acts. This time I's not to miss the chance. I chased her and took many clicks with  only the above three worth presenting.

Friends,welcome here as always!

Linked to:Saturday Critters,   Camera Critters,   id-rather-b-birding


Thursday, June 25, 2015


Linked to:

Good Fences,       Sky Watch 

 A gate in our neighborhood, in my home town at Patiala, which i like for its simplicity and grace.

Thin clouds unsuccessful effort to thwart the might of the rising sun at Kumarhatti, a few days back. Clicked from our balcony.

Today is an interesting day weather wise. In the  morning it's raining ,in the forenoon when i took this picture, it's drizzling. At the moment (2o'clock) mild sunshine is adorning the sky.

Friends,welcome here as always.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015


 Part of my hill series

Blessed are we  being in the midst of   nature's magnificence!

One of the cottages above us has these beautiful blooms in their front yard.

Roses in the lawn of our complex.

This hazy close up. My shaky click. But i love the pair.

More roses in the lawn.

This white one i planted last year in the small bed near our flat.

Friends,welcome here as always!

Linking to: Today's Flowers,Nature Notes,I heart macro

Monday, June 22, 2015



INTERNATIONAL YOGA DAY was celebrated in India at Rajpath, New Delhi on 21st June 2015. Our Prime Minister Shri Narindra Modi led more than thirty five thousand people in mass celebration of the momentous event. In a thirty five minute session, he along with other participants performed 21’asanas.' Special Yoga sessions were organized in most parts of India to mark the important event. Yoga goes global with United Nations declaring 21 June as  INTERNATIONAL YOGA  DAY. Global community showed extraordinary interest by organizing functions and yoga sessions in their countries.

So much has been written about the benefits of practicing yoga, which originated in India about five thousand years ago.With the passage of time, it almost got relegated to an insignificant position. Our war torn and stress ridden world direly needs a holistic system which brings peace and harmony in the world and restores our affinity with nature. Yoga promotes fusion of mind, body and soul. It’s scientifically proven 'asanas' lead to a voyage of self-discovery and consciousness of healthy living with the world community. It enhances physical and mental well being by mind body balance. It is like practicing meditation where the focus is on oneself.

I watched and enjoyed the live programme on TV and am sharing some of the images which I clicked from the TV screen. Hope you like them.

The large view of the participation.

 A section of the participants in one of the asanas.

Another group of participants.

The session in progress.

Our Prime Minister(above and below) part of the yoga session, practicing the asanas with other participants.

Friends, welcome here as always.

Linking to: Our World,   image-in-ing

Saturday, June 20, 2015


A part of my hill series.

 In the hills clicking birds is tricky. They hop and fly away so fast that you fail to match their speed. Last week, I couldn't  manage to find any chance to take a picture of some bird and missed the weekly post.
However, a couple of days back, this cuckoo, with an earthworm in its beak was excitedly flying about in our complex, perhaps to find the safest place to enjoy the delicacy .  Luckily, I'd frame it.

The pigeon perched on the edge of gutter in one of the flats in our complex. Its pensive mood helped me to click it easily.

Friends,welcome here and thanks for the support!

 Linking to:  Camera Critters ,Saturday Critters  ,id-rather-b-birding

Thursday, June 18, 2015


Linking to:Sky Watch
Good Fences

 A part of my hill series.

A thick patch of cottony clouds above the mountains beautifying the skyline. Early afternoon shot from the 4th floor balcony of a relative's flat at Basal, Solan, during the week.

The menacing mood of the soon to thunder clouds on a dark grey background tells its own tale. Sky watch at Kumarhatti last summer.

A pattern of the sky in isolation.

The growing economy of this hill state has resulted in mushroom growth of building activity.Here(above) the builder after leveling a side of the mountain has constructed this block of flats for down right selling.The ground floor has shops. The mountain side is covered with stone and the other side has the iron railing.

Friends, welcome here as always!