Nurturing Thursday: Now!

Remember that there is only one important time and that is now. The present moment is the only time over which we have dominion. The most important person is always the person you are with, who is right before you, for who knows if you will have dealings with any other person in the future? The most important pursuit is making the person standing at your side happy, for that alone is the pursuit of life ~ Leo Tolstoy

  • Are we losing the fun of meeting people since we are more curious in knowing what’s happening in other’s life?
  • Do you put your mobile on silent when you are a host or a visitor (except for an emergency of course)?
  • Do you spend time with your family without using internet?

For Becca’s Nurturing Thursday!

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I would appreciate if you have any suggestions/tips on travelling to Florence, say something not to be missed 🙂

Thanks in advance

 

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Pillars and Domes – Architectural elements

Before the Romans, all buildings in the ancient world were rectangular or square-shaped. Look at the picture of the ancient Greek temple called the Parthenon. This structure has 46 outer pillars and 23 inner pillars. The majestic pillars that are
associated with Greek architecture were not there to just look pretty. The pillars of the Parthenon were there to hold up, or support the heavy marble roof that used to be on the top of this massive structure.

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The Parthenon

There are many amazing architectural corinthian, doric, and ionic columns and ancient Egyptian obelisks in Rome, where most of them were erected to the glory of the emperors. The most famous Roman pillars were created in the centuries of the rule of Marcus Aurelius, Trajan, and other significant historical figures.

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Ancient pillars in Rome.

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At the Tomb of the Unknown Solider in Rome.

Advancements in mathematics, materials, and production techniques since that time resulted in new dome types. dome is an architectural element that resembles the hollow upper half of a sphere. Domes have a long architectural lineage that extends back into prehistory and they have been constructed from mud, snow, stone, wood, brick, concrete, metal, glass, and plastic over the centuries. The symbolism associated with domes includes mortuary, celestial, and governmental traditions that have likewise developed over time.

Domes have been found from early Mesopotamia, which may explain the form’s spread. They are found in Persian, Hellenistic, Roman, and Chinese architecture in the Ancient world, as well as among a number of contemporary indigenous building traditions. Dome structures were popular in Byzantine and medieval Islamic architecture, and there are numerous examples from Western Europe in the Middle Ages. The Renaissance architectural style spread from Italy in the Early modern period.

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Berlin Cathedral church
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The French church in Berlin

These are for last week’s Lens-Artists-Photo-Challenge: Architecture.

 

Just a Wednesday

I am down with severe flu so decided to post this image for Wordless Wednesday  taken at zoo in San Diego. It is really difficult to cope with the situation as I don’t remember when was the last time I had flu. For one or the other reason today will be the fifth consecutive week I shall miss my swimming time. I guess this is life…

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Take care friends!

 

La Jolla Cove

It’s almost 3 weeks since we returned from the US but there were many things going on at the same time restricting me to arrange my photos. Now I shall recall and make respective posts.

Our first destination was San Diego. Actually we landed in San Francisco, collected our baggage and checked in for a domestic flight to San Diego.  After reading all the suggestions on the internet we thought it would be a good idea to book a late flight . You know what, we were out without any problem apart from the hour we were in pass control queue.

Have you ever felt that the service for the queue you are waiting in is the slowest one for no reason when others are passing by quickly. Anyways after putting stamps on our passport  and returning it to us, the officer was in mood for some light discussion on immigrants. The irony was both parties belong to the same category 😀

As it was quite early, we decided to try our luck by asking for the seats on the earlier flight. I think we would have granted all our wishes on “that” day. The seats were rebooked for the fee of $25 each. Can you believe? This is not gonna happen here.

I am sharing a group of images for Jo’s (Monday) walk,  taken at the La Jolla Cove in San Diego.

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La Jolla Cove is a small, picturesque cove and beach that is surrounded by cliffs in La Jolla, San Diego, California. The Cove is protected as part of a marine reserve; underwater it is very rich in marine life, and is popular with snorkelers, swimmers and scuba divers.

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There are hundreds of sea lions that call the La Jolla Cove home, sometimes being seen in the deeper-water parts of the Cove or basking on rocks. All sea animals in this area are protected by law, including the orange Garibaldi fish, which are unusually common in the Cove.  (I didn’t get chance to see even one 😦 )

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The cove is also home to hundreds of cormorants and brown pelicans and some other species of birds. I am not sure about other species of birds but quadron of pelicans and flight of cormorants were all over.

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From the park at the top of the Cove, there are a few steps down on each side to a “gallery” area with a lot of benches. This gallery includes the entrance to the lifeguard station, where the lifeguard’s chalkboard shows useful information updated throughout the day. From the gallery level there are two steep sets of concrete steps that lead down to the beach itself, although visitors often have to step on rocks to get all the way down to the sand.

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Some of you might have noticed that some images were taken in the evening and some in broad daylight. Yes we visited it twice with two different hosts who were incredibly supportive.

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Routine travel shots

For Lens-artists-photo-challenge I shall share my routine travel shots though earlier I thought of sharing my captures at cafes in Malaga. oops cafe shots have to wait now 🙂

Yesterday I travelled again and I realized these images show “my” routine moments. I couldnot resist showing them again. Hope you enjoy them.

A book in hand but my eyes are looking out for such cosy settings.

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Not all shots are perfect.

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My routine mistake due the “speed”. 1/nth second late and the focus changes.

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The trees and the small boats are my favourite subjects when watching reflections.

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One might not find them great but these are my real routine moments 🙂

A visit to Tian Tan Buddha and Po Lin Monastery

Before leaving Hong Kong we wanted to visit Po Lin Monastery and Tian Tan Buddha. I am glad we managed it. It was a rainy day with strong winds but still we managed the tour in half day.

Po Lin Monastery is a Buddhist monastery, located on Ngong Ping Plateau, on Lantau Island, Hong Kong.

The monastery was founded in 1906 by three monks visiting from Jiangsu Province on the Chinese mainland and was initially known simply as “The Big Hut” (大茅蓬 Tai Mao Pung). It was renamed to its present name in 1924. The main temple houses three bronze statues of the Buddha – representing his past, present and future lives – as well as many Buddhist scriptures.

Tian Tan Buddha, a giant bronze statue of  Buddha completed in 1993, is an extension of the monastery. It symbolises the harmonious relationship between man and nature, people and faith.

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I didnot take pictures of every detail as “No Photography” or “No Entrance” signs were marked at many places.

This is my 5th and last informative post on Hong Kong. The earlier posts are just a click away!

https://mazeepuran.wordpress.com/2017/10/01/travelogue-part1-from-northern-europe-to-hong-kong/

https://mazeepuran.wordpress.com/2017/10/03/a-window-into-food-culture-of-hong-kong/

https://mazeepuran.wordpress.com/2017/10/07/the-worlds-biggest-pedestrian-crossing-in-shibuya-tokyo/

https://mazeepuran.wordpress.com/2017/10/22/glimpses-of-hong-kong/

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Information References:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Po_Lin_Monastery

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tian_Tan_Buddha

http://www.nextstophongkong.com/po-lin-monastery/