Weekly Photo Challenge : Temporary (Through the window)

 

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As the windy autumn evening tosses and turns, sending the peacefully floating leaves into a frenzy, almost like a choreographed dance gone wrong, gone wrong but still ever so beautiful.

 

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As the bare branches seek blessings from winter, forced to take a bow under the piling snow, the dull, cold, shrinking days make summer but a distant dream.  

 

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As life then rushes in with the birds and flowers and butterflies, an unwavering enthusiasm almost hard to ignore fills the air 

 

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Bringing in the warm summer rains, splashing color on the skies, making a rainbow or two, as the soil sublimes into that earthy fragrance, 

I sit by the window, embracing change, enjoying the temporary ways of life, knowing that nothing is permanent. 

 

Did you know the word temporary is of latin origin, comes from the word “temporarius” – of seasonal character / lasting for a short time. So for this week’s challenge I chose a set of four pictures that represent – Seasons.

Also I am happy I finally have the picture from autumn to complete the set. 🙂

In response to the weekly photo challenge : temporary

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Night Sky @ Arches National Park, Utah

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What lies in front of us is but a tiny speck in what lies beyond… matters of the matter.  

 

This was my second attempt at capturing the mesmerizing Milky Way. The first time it was at Acadia National Park,Maine, and this time around it was at the Arches National Park, Utah.  More on my night sky photography adventures (excerpts from an absolute beginner) in a later post.

You can check out the pic from Acadia here. It looked neat to me then, but I barely edited it.

So this time,  I decided to try my hand at photo editing using GIMP, the free version of Photoshop. Still have to straighten out a few details (literally :)), reduce noise, play around with the colors  but I am happy with the pic for now. One baby step at a time. 

This was how the pic looked before editing. 

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Photo clicked at the Arches National Park, Utah (from the area near the window arches)*

*as far as I remember 🙂

All Hallow’s Evening :)

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A few of us got together to carve some pumpkins for halloween, it was a lot of fun and they look great for the first time I think 😀

P.S.  We used carving kits and the kit is highly recommended if you ever want to try it out.  I had used my kitchen knives earlier, which works okay but the tools in the kit make it way easier to get into more intricate designs.

 

Now I ain’t saying she a gold digger

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An unusual visitor in the garden. I was both fascinated by and scared of this bright wasp that paid a visit to my little patio garden a few days back. Turns out it is the great golden digger wasp, a benign gentle wasp (well tell that to the insects it paralyzes) with pretty interesting behavior.

It digs tunnels, puts paralyzed but live insects in it, lays an egg and shuts the tunnel. Its larvae feed on live paralyzed insects once they hatch. The wasp inspects the tunnels before putting the insect inside. Now, if the insect is moved from its position, it will drag the insect back to the entrance of the tunnel and inspect the tunnel all over again (even if the tunnel was just inspected) before putting the insect in.  Is it  programmed behavior or a total absence of short term memory it is hard to say 🙂

 

 

Moving forward….leaving behind

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The past few months have been crazy! I have been rather busy packing up the past two years of life into small and medium boxes – some sturdy, some fragile, stuffing memories into overflowing suitcases and making “see you soon” promises that probably are as empty as the house we left behind…

Moving to a new place is always exciting, but it is also painful to leave behind a place you called home, familiar faces , accustomed roads….your comfort zone.

Well here’s to new beginnings…hoping what this wise man once said is true –  “All change is hard at first, messy in the middle and gorgeous at the end.”. – Robin Sharma.