Saturday, December 09, 2006

From the bride-to-be :)

.........."Home,
now n forever,
will always be
wherever
I can be with you."
So Long, freedom ;
Hello, married life.........:)
Christmas is the day we choose to tie the knot .........am flying back home (India) to be a part of my big fat Indian wedding (pardon the cliche' :D). Am so looking fwd to be fussed over as a bride deserves to be :).............the blog shall take a backseat for sometime now as I start a new, beautiful chapter in my life :)
'Tis the season to be jolly!!!!!
Wish you all a wonderful Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Eid....................and a splendid year ahead. Take care, stay safe and warm :)
The Pic here shows multi-hued Indian bangles, shot at a local "bazaar" in India.

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Saturday, November 11, 2006

Weekend's here!!! :)

For others, it might be just another pic, but I cherish it for it was real fun watching this li'l boy having a whale of a time there ...........Even if you can't see his face in the pic, u know he's smiling, isn't it???? :) Have a fun-filled weekend!!!! :)

Monday, November 06, 2006

Oceana Roll!!!

".........I got boards to bend, I got planks to nail
I got charts to make, I got seas to sail
I'm gonna build me a boat
With these two hands
It'll be a fair curve
From a noble plan
Let the chips fall where they will
Cause I've got boats to build
Sails are just like wings
The wind can make em sing
Songs of life songs of hope
Songs to keep your dreams afloat
I'm gonna build me a boat
With these two hands..............
Shores distant shores
There's where I'm headed for
Got the stars to guide my way
Sail into the light of day.............."

Guy Clark

While North freezes, we are enjoying a great spell of weather in these parts......Time for boats to be out, sails to be set, and spirits to soar.......:) :)

Friday, November 03, 2006

The mediterannean in America........

There's a charming, historic Greek settlement called Tarpon Springs, not far from the city I live in. It's a delightful place with sea-salts in the air, fresh seafood on sale and a Greek deli at every corner. But that's not what this place is famous for......It is popular as the "sponge capital" of the world......Back in 1930's the sponge industry here was flourishing till the sponge beds were contaminated and destroyed by bacteria in 1940's. The revival of the natural-sponge industry happened in 1980's. They say the place has retained the atmosphere introduced by Greek sponge divers over a hundred years ago...... .......from harvesting sponges to selling them, ............An alluring place, indeed! :)
The lamp was shot there while we visited the quaint li'l town last year.I lost most of my pics when I changed my laptop......the blog wasn't up and running in those days.........Guess, I'll have to re-visit the town sometime to bring it here on the blog .......

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

The Pumpkin Day and Jack-O-Lanterns!

I dig warm colours and orange's one of them...........so tho' i have no real fascination for pumpkins, i somehow always end up clicking them for that bout of colour they add even to the dullest of the surroundings.........
Hope u have a happy and safe Halloween!!! :)

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Sky's the Limit!!!!

The palmettoes dot the cityscape here everywhere: they make beautiful silhouettes against the sea-sky.
The weekend's just a day away : and I am gonna be travelling!!! :) :)Not really far but even a short trip with weather fairies smiling the way they are these days, is a welcome change ...........Have a great Friday all!

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Monday, October 16, 2006

For a change,

............(no puns intended here)...the photo-blog of mine has no pic on but a message on behalf of a friend and his sis who are running a marathon this Oct 22nd, in Chicago. They have pledged to raise funds to support a few meaningful causes, close to their heart, in India. The sis-bro duo look foward to sponsors to help them make a difference in the lives of children and communities they are running for. Have a look at their webpage And don't forget: every li'l help counts!!! :) Have a great week, all!!! :)

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Thursday, October 12, 2006

Mom's the wor(l)d! :)

.......That's the second time am using the title......the last time I did was for Mother's Day : http://mykodak.blogspot.com/2006/05/moms-world.html I must have almost forgotten about this pic as it was shot aeons ago when this camera was newly acquired......... The adorable 6-weeks old Tamani (that means "hope" in Swahili) was the town's darling.................Every afternoon he'd come out for a coupla hours to play in the sun and for public-viewing and we'd all go sighhhhh!!! It was such a wad of fun to see him playing in the sand and tho' it had its aunts and uncles around, it wud never leave his mom's side, nor would she move more than a few inches away from him ever!!!! :) I have a coupla more shots of him, which I would put up as soon as I can locate the CD they are on! It was a struggle to get to shoot him coz of the kids thronging up to watch the baby-elephant they all adored, am lucky I managed to get this one ............... Nevertheless, I was mighty thrilled with my brief date with Tamani :)

Monday, October 09, 2006

Is there anything like an "imperfect sunset" ?????

" Nature rarer uses yellow Than another hue; Saves she all of that for sunsets, --Prodigal of blue, Spending scarlet like a woman, Yellow she affords Only scantly and selectly, Like a lover's words." Emily Dickinson No sunset can ever be replicated..............and thats what makes them so special. I can see a bazillion sunset shots and still not get tired of them.......they always bring a whiff of nostalgia, romance and warmth.........It's like those Van Gogh's paintings....their beauty refuse to efface, years after they were created. God's own way of telling us that all art is but an imitation of nature...........:)

Friday, October 06, 2006

The curious one :)

It's amusing how these li'l rodents respond to a camera-toting human around................Some of them flit by even before u can catch a glimpse, others can't really bother about u, and then there are some like this curious li'l bushy-tailed chipmunk, who once done with her food, kept posing for the lens......She'd flit from one tree to another and still lookout for me :)

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

As darkness descends.....

"....... But it feels impossible, somehow, to feel gloomy or depressed in this place. I feel I could sing, If I knew the right song for the occasion," said Pippin. -------------The Fellowship of the Ring, Book II, Chapter I, Many Meetings.

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Cherub................ :)

Guess what! I just discovered that my camera has some of the pics and all this while I thought I'd deleted them all. Here's a li'l Himachali cherub (btw, i love the way that word rolls off my tongue) with that splendid cap of his..........he was extremely shy and wud just not look into the camera........we tried bribing him with the pencil but guess that was a bad move, he got so enchanted with it that he completely refused to acknowledge moi and my dear camera!!!! :( P.S : Please click on the pic : it looks better when seen in its original size!

Sunday, September 03, 2006

Courtesy.................

It bowed so graciously..........................for its admirer behind the lens????? :)

Saturday, September 02, 2006

Kodak gone vernacular.....................

From the streets in India.............. One of the precious few pics I carried back with myself....

Thursday, August 31, 2006

From Papa's garden........

This comes from my dad's li'l garden........... I intended to put a whole lot more from the India trip.....had a decent collection there but me and my last-minute rushes......i forgot to get the flash drive that has them all, here to United States......now almost all my pics from India are back at home and I dont see any way to retrieve them till i go back there in Dec. :( :( I almost cried out of desperation when I first realized this .......:( :( Guess, i should learn my lessons now.........Procrastination was never a good habit!!! :(

Saturday, August 19, 2006

Postcards from Shimla - II

The woods are lovely, dark and deep.................... The curtain of mist ........a sight I woke up to every morning :) Dint I say earlier....my heart's in mountains.

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Postcards from Shimla - I

A week long sojourn in Shimla with my li'l brother...........an orgy of sight-seeing......it's been a splendid vacation and the best part is it's not over yet....... These glorious sunsets were captured on a rare, singular day that we had sunlight........... My heart's in mountains..........I wish to have a home one day nestled among hills, hid behind conifers, pine scent in the air, Himalayas in the backdrop.................. :)

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

...............On a Summer Holiday!

Am off to the place I belong......for a month long vacation.......back to my place, my home in India. :) This is the last of the pics from Florida for this month... next set of them wud be from India ..am just dying to shoot there !!!! Bye Bye Tampa!!!! Take care, all! :)

Friday, July 21, 2006

Oops!

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Raindrops............................

............my love for them is eternal. It rained every single evening, the last week. These flowers stood next to my lab, drenched in rain, screaming to be shot.........Here they are :)

Saturday, July 15, 2006

We all live under the same big sky.......

...............don't we????? It might look different from ur part of the planet......but its the same roof above us. Is there a bigger truth????????

Friday, July 14, 2006

The inner glow?????? :)

Monday, July 10, 2006

Hope is the thing with Feathers.............

......................that perches in the soul................. Emily Dickinson.

Saturday, July 08, 2006

A peck of gold!

Staying a furlong's distance (well, almost) from ocean spoils you...........You crave for that brilliant sunset which you were once witness to and has stayed with you ever since.............This is one of my fav. from the collection of myriad sunsets that I have (the vermillion ones, the salmon pink ones, the blushing skies, the "urban" sunsets, the interstates sunsets ............................) Was taken on Madeira beach when one of the cold fronts had hit Florida last year. The sun melting into the sea......turning all to gold. Gilt-edged, eh??? :)

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Cat-ch me if u can!!!!!!!!

This li'l thingie in the neighbourhood is as naughty as they come :) This was taken while its owner was frantically calling out for her, Dinah!

Friday, June 30, 2006

One Winter Evening........................

This one's yet again from my cold-storage (get the pun, get the pun!!!! :))))) One of my enduring memories of snow-fall is looking out of the window in Manali and watching snow-flakes cavort in the light of a distant flickering lamp-post. This pic shot at Milwaukee revived it :) Its posted here too : http://www.shutterchance.com/bloggers/moi/ Does owning two photoblogs reek of vanity???? :DDDDD

Monday, June 26, 2006

Lest we forget!!!

....................Inspite of what the advertising/marketing poseurs selling dreams would want us to believe! Does it remind anyone of Fugazi's anthem........... ".......Merchandise keeps us in line, Common sense says it's by design What cud a businessman ever want more Than to have us sucking in his store??? We owe you nothing You have no control.... You are not what you own!!!................"

Saturday, June 24, 2006

Manna from heaven :)

The sun-drenched Florida is finally getting its fair share of rains and at the cost of being boringly repetitive I come back with more takes on rain: this time all as seen from the Rear Window :) "Let the rain kiss you Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops Let the rain sing you a lullaby ..............." Langston Hughes.

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Objets d'art!

This is from the collection that i have from our visit to St. Augustine, Florida. The place was replete with shops selling antique wares: one wud expect that from a place that stakes its claim to be the oldest city in United States . It's a delightful place, if u care for a lazy stroll down the palm-tree lined town dotted with shops housing antiques, curios, souvenir, colourful family-owned eateries and Spanish-influenced architecture, but they burn a neat li'l hole in ur pocket. I love the paper-weights i picked up from there: http://mykodak.blogspot.com/2006/03/two-cents-worth.html PS: Click on the pic to get a better look!

Monday, June 19, 2006

Li'l Quack!

Caught these fuzzy siblings a few evenings back near the campus pond. There were more than a dozen of them being taken out by Mama Duck for the evening swimming lessons. It was a sight to behold as their mom led them to pond and they went splish-splash happily into the water while mom swam as gracefully as a duck can :D The brood had 14 kiddos like these and all looked alike. Wonder if animal kingdom goes by names : Widdle, Waddle, Piddle, Puddle , Li'l Quack : heard of that story???? And then there was this Tom n Jerry episode with "the ugly duckling" :) they make adorable tales, don't they??? My fav. is the first one, whom i decided to christen as Li'l Quack, preening for the camera or is it just tickling itself. :)