My break in July!

In July I was on official break from my routine life. I was in India, confined to home in a way and had very seldom opportunities to go out with camera. I had limited access to internet but able to share a post in mid of July “My vacation” .

After coming back I shared another post, “Getting back after vacation is difficult“. For lens artists photo challenge, here I am presenting more pictures from my vacation which I captured either in my own garden or walking around a lake.

Relax, Recharge and Reflect. Sometimes it’s OK to do nothing ~Izey Victoria Odiase

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Oriental Magpie Robin in our garden
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Indain Myna in our garden
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Grey headed Swamphen near a lake
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Ducks in a row
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Waiting for fresh catch near fish market.

 

 

 

 

 

My vacation

Thankful for nature so close!

One is blessed to have a home.

A home with a garden.

A garden with many beautiful visitors.

Visitors with delightful look.

Look with a soulful voice.

I am thankful for these moments.

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An oriental magpie robin couple with many others are frequent visitors to the our garden.

 

Thanks for your patience. I am not able to operate my wordpress site always.

Weekend 82: Am I lost!

These days my work keeps me busy for more than necessary and besides the working hours are just 7 a day as we follow summer time schedule.

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Yesterday I decided to take it easy and attended a farewell lunch party for a colleague and spent my evening laughing with jolly good friends. I could not stay late with the gang  as I was supposed to take a morning flight 😀 . Travelling early morning means  packing the bag before going to bed and the result, I forgot my sunglasses and temperature today is +25.

I have shared a clip from my journey in history on my instagram account. I think one needs an instagram account to see it. Link to my page is

https://www.instagram.com/rupali_mazeepuran/

Sorry for not able to visit your blog. I shall do it soon.

The above image of oriental turtle dove was taken at TianTan Buddha in Hong Kong.

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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Love is all around us!

  • Pigeons are monogamous; i.e., they mate for life, and the survivor accepts a new mate only slowly. [https://www.britannica.com/animal/pigeon]
  •  Pigeons are thought to be monogamous but there are no studies, to our knowledge, which verify this assumption using  molecular techniques. To establish positive familial relationships between parents and offspring, DNA fingerprinting  studies are being conducted on ten established pairs. Pairs are identified by observation and blood is collected from  adults and chicks. DNA isolated from the blood is dialyzed, digested with the restriction endonuclease Hae III, and the fragments are transferred to nylon membranes.  The membranes are probed using radioactively labeled Jeffreys’ probes,
    which are multilocus probes used to identify banding patterns in DNA.  Probing of the membranes is performed by Dr. Patricia Parker at Ohio State University.  Banding patterns are compared between parents and offspring. Results obtained to date show that pigeons are monogamous. [http://science.widener.edu/~vatnick/Monogamy.htm]
  • An interesting read [http://nautil.us/issue/33/attraction/what-pigeons-teach-us-about-love]

This post is inspired by Kate’s Friday Foto Fun