Eiffel Tower, Paris, glowing at nigt : Tuesday Photo Challenge – “Glow”

This week’s Tuesday Photo Challenge prompt from Frank  is  “Glow”.

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These photos were taken during our week long visit to Paris recently from November 17 to November 23.

Koko Head Trail, Oahu, Hawaii : Tuesday Photo Challenge – “Steep”

This week’s Tuesday Photo Challenge prompt from Frank  is  “Steep”.

 

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This photo could have been one of my last if not for my wife grabbing onto my shirt with all her strength as I slipped, about 100 feet from the top of the trail head, on our return from the top.  She was my life saver on that day.  Had only a few bruises to show for the fall with no broken bones.

A spur of the moment trip to Big Sur

Yesterday I became temporarily homeless for the day.  Contractor had told me a few days back that the floor guys would come and apply the final stain coating to the floor yesterday.  I need to go out of the house for the day.  Based on my experience from the initial two coats that were applied a few weeks back when we had to leave the house for three days, I thought if they apply the coat by early morning, I should be able to be back by the evening.  What I forgot to account for was that the same guys were supposed to stain the fireplace mantel also and that added hours to the schedule.  based on my earlier assumption I had no made any arrangements to stay anywhere.  First I had to make arrangement for my dog Skooby for an overnight stay at the kennel. By the time I made the arrangements and dropped Skooby off, it was 12 noon and 91 F, sizzling.  I had no plans, no place to go and decided to hit the beach and drove towards Monterrey.  As I was filling gas for the long drive, I realized that I had not been to Big Sur for a long time, specially after the coastal highway was closed during 2017 – 2018 for nearly fourteen months due to land slide.  So in a spur of the moment, I decided to drive to Big Sur, about ninety miles south of my house.  Boy, was I glad that I made that decision.  Coastal weather was fantastic, sunny but cool 64 F, not much traffic and the beautiful, scenic drive.

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Carmel from Monastery Beach

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Bixby Creek Bridge – most photographed land mark on the west coast

By around 4:30 PM, the temperature had dropped to about 58 F as fog was rolling in from the ocean. I decided to head back home but before I could call it a night it would be 3:00 AM in the morning after a late night movie, Avengers : End Game, and a late night or early morning dinner at Denny’s. The bed never felt so good.


All photos by author on June 5, 2019

Kamakhya Temple: Tuesday Photo Challenge – “Worship”

This week’s Tuesday Photo Challenge prompt from Frank  is  “Worship”.

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Kamakhya Temple, Nilachal Hills, Guwahati, Assam, India. Photo taken by author in April, 2009.

Legend goes that when Sati, wife of Bhagawan Shiva died, Shiva carried her body on his shoulders and roamed the universe in grief.  All gods (Devatas) became worried because Shiva’s son was supposed to help win the heavens for the Devatas from the demons.  As Shiva and Sati did not have any issue, Devatas  prayed to Bhagawan Vishnu for help.  Vishnu, with his Sudarshan chakra cut Sati’s body to pieces.  Everywhere Sati’s body part fell became an important place of worship of Shakti (power) and became known as Shakti Peetha. Kamakhya is one of the most important of fifty one Shakti Peethas as per legend, as Sati’s vagina ( yoni) fell here.

Millions visit the temple each year.  During middle  to third week of June every year in the monsoon season when the river Brahmaputra that flows by Nilachal Hills is in full spate, the temple is closed for three days.  It is believed that the deity ( Devi or Ma Kamakhya) goes through her annual menstrual cycle during those three days.  The door of the temple is opened to the public on the fourth day.  The festival is called Ambubachi and hundreds of thousands of devotees visit the temple every year during those four days.