Nurturing Thursday: Happy moments

We are very good at preparing to live, but not very good at living. We know how to sacrifice ten years for a diploma, and we are willing to work very hard to get a job, a car, a house, and so on. But we have difficulty remembering that we are alive in the present moment, the only moment there is for us to be alive ~Thich Nhat Hanh

A couple of days ago I stumbled upon my old Cannon PowerShot A510 camera. Which without fail gave me a smile, the one you get when you meet an old friend. I bought batteries and tried my luck. Funny but I actually forgot so many details. I took just a few shots and when I checked them on pc. It was EUREKA!!!

I realized that for me “photography is all about being happy” .

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This post is inspired from Becca’s Nurturing Thursday theme.

I shall be travelling for next couple of days with good friends visiting some new places. I may or may not get enough time to check my blog.

Wish you all a good weekend!

Cooling

For this week’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge, I am presenting a series of photos to illustrate my thoughts on “Cooling

 

Resting near a quiet beach is a bliss and even one can soak up much needed vitamin D.

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Hmm! Curiosity killed the cat, but satisfaction brought it back 😀

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Enjoying cool breeze around waterfalls during hiking in summer is fantastic.lensartist_17july18_5

Cooling is fine but “Life” is more precious. Tourists should never ignore the warning signs. The photo was taken at one of the most dangerous beaches in India.

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Ancient ‘air-conditioning’ system:

Beautifully patterend cisterns and water channels were constructed on the terrace ( the photo is taken at palace built in  15th-century in central India). The cisterns, which were mainly used for bathing purposes, were also connected by intricate water channels. Rooms were bulit around these cisterns and used in summer. So cool!

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Who said cooling is only needed in summer during heat wave.

Cooling effect after a full day ski!

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Sunday Trees!

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This post is inspired by Becca’s Sunday Trees theme.

According to actual plan the theme for todays’ trip to centre was “street photography”. There were tourists but less than I thought.  It was sunny but extremely warm 22C. I shortcut my tour just after some images but am not happy. When I was looking for possibilities, I saw a nice frame made by apple trees.

Hope you enjoy these images.

Weekend (59) hikes – Hat trick

A hat trick at any level is tremendous accomplishment ~David Cope

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Week 27: 10.5 km hike.

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Week 28 – 9 km hike.

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New trails invite us to explore more and more. The ups and downs and the exercise improves our health, and makes us strong and confident. I am really thankful for such blessings in my life.

How are you spending your weekend?

Nurturing Thursday: Live with passion

Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life – think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success ~Swami Vivekananda

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Inspired by Becca’s Nurturing Thursday theme.

For last few days I am all caught up in matters which really need proper attention. It’s all work related but after a very long work day is hard to be productive in evenings. If you have heard the word “GDPR”, you know the whole story.

Anyways hope you all are doing good.

Cheers!

Weekend 58 – The mountains are(were) calling…

On Saturday, with everything in place we decided to go hiking on mount Ulriken (643moh.)  It was a good decision after all.

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Nattlandsfjellet

It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves ~Edmund Hillary

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Nubbevannet (400 moh.)

May your heart like a lake, with a calm still surface, and great depth of kindness ~Lao Tzu

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Fluffy troll weeds on Landåsfjellet

In every season we make interesting memories on mountains. Little surprises wait for us on every corner.

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The geographical midpoint of Bergen lies on mountain 450 moh. The only way to reach this place is hiking 😀

We enjoyed our short breaks for relaxing and chit chatting. The view from every stop was awe-inspiring.

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What a fantastic spot for a cottage

Over every mountain there is a path, although it may not be seen from the valley. ~Theodore Roethke

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From the top looking at the other side

Time to go back! There are hundreds of unpolished stone stairs to hike down. Sherpas from Nepal are building stone stairs by hand with no powertools.

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The major portion of 800 m trail is finished. Sherpas are working on the last section near the top.  This section was very steep, dangerous and nothing to hold on. I really wanted to showcase this specific part but was asked to walk carefully instead of thinking about taking pictures which I promptly accepted. A tourist (lady) fell down and hurted herself badly just luckily air ambulase was not needed.

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We were able to cover a distance of around 10.5 km due to supportive weather with clouds and little breeze.

Fun Fact: Norwegians do not normally greet people they don’t know if they don’t have to. This is true most everywhere, except in the mountains. So be prepared to say hello to everyone you meet when hiking. It might turn into a beautiful friendship, or even relationship.

Did you do anything special on the weekend?