TIME : Tuesday Photo Challenge

This is Frank’s week 100 of Tuesday Photo Challenge and the prompt, appropriately, is TIME.

In Frank’s own words, “As I test your patience, I thought it might be interesting to make that part of the theme for this week, selecting Time.  Of course, Time can be depicted in many ways, from the image of a clock, or the rhythmic swing of a metronome, to Times Square or whatever catches your creative eye!”

I am trying to depit it very personal way.  The toll that time has taken on my receding hairline.

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My hairline – November 2002

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My hairline, December 2017

What a difference fifteen years make.

Cruelty of time
Paid the penalty with
My receding hairline
In another fifteen years
If I am alive
Sun will shine
Reflection blinding
From non-existant hairline
My spouse will be happy
She won’t need a mirror
To adjust her makeup
She will be just fine
Oh, what fun it will be
To get back the hairline
Of my prime
Alas, not to happen
Toll had been taken
By cruelty of time

Here is another perspective of time, past, present and future in one photograph.

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The three stages of life: Bud, bloom and past its prime.

 

One Tree Hill

Today’s Tuesday Photo Challenge prompt by Frank is Hills.  This is a topic near and dear to my heart.

Readers of my blog by now must be familiar with the featured image of my home page. It is a photo of Dana Peak (13000 ft) in the high Sierras taken by me in September of 2014 hiking down Gaylor Peak (11000 ft).  But I am not going to talk about it today.MtDana_1.jpg

My current residence is in a valley (Almaden Valley) inside a valley (Santa Clara Valley / Silicon Valley). As such we are surrounded by hills.  Mount Umunhum (3300 ft) to our west hovers over us and can be viewed from our front and back yard.  But I am not going to talk about it today.MtUm1The white cube seen on top of Mount Umunhum was a radar station in the air force base that was closed nearly forty years ago.  During its heyday it used to keep tab on all flights coming in from the east over the Pacific Ocean. The radar station is still off limits to public due to asbestos hazards, but Mount Um was opened to the public in fall of 2017.  It’s a gorgeous hike up there and on clear days one can see past San Francisco to Mt Tamalpais ( about 75 miles north) to the north and Monterey to the south and whole of Silicon Valley to the east.
MtUm2Mount Umunhum as seen from my back yard.

Now that I have gotten these out of my way, let me come back to the main topic of today.  Near our house is a small hillock (or a knoll ) hardly a couple of hundred feet tall.  The landscape changes with the season.  It is verdant in winter, slowly turning to golden brown with advent of spring.  On top of the hill there are three oak trees.  Looking from the bottom, only one oak tree is seen at a time.  I think that’s where it got its name, One Tree Hill.  Generations of kids have grown up swinging on homemade swings attached to its branches.  Many graduating high school seniors use the plateau on top with the oak tree as a background for their high school graduating yearbook photos. I use the hike up the hill as my excuse for exercise but mainly to let my dog Skooby run around freely on the few soccer field size flat top.  He enjoys the freedom, absolute lack of traffic and gallops, canters or sprints as he feels like.  It’s pure joy to see him enjoying the freedom.
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OakTree1Oak2     Alas, as spring comes the hills will slowly turn golden brown.
This enchanting hill can become dangerous fire hazard if some idiots drop their cigarette butts on those golden brown grass as can be seen from a photo taken couple of years back.
Thank God (and quick responding fire fighters) that no one was harmed and no property was damaged.

Yesterday it rained here, just sparingly.  As the news channels said, it was just teaser rain (Flirtatious Rain Clouds) , harbinger of more rains to come in the next few days.  God knows we need as much rain as we can get.  But there was a forecast of snow at higher elevations.  So come morning, I along with my best friend, Skooby, trudged up One Tree Hill.  It was a gorgeous morning, cool,crisp and clear.  And what a sight it was.  Mount Hamilton (4300 feet) to the east of us was covered with snow.  It was difficult to get a good photograph as the mountain was to my east and the sun shining bright in the morning.

I know I have gone completely overboard with this post.  But as I mentioned at the beginning of my post today, this prompt is very near and dear to my heart. I wish I could have just given you a birds eye view as seen by the falcon flying over my head today.


All photographs by the author.

 

 

 

Flowers and Hills : Tuesday Photo Challenge – Shape

This weeks Tuesday Photo Challenge from Frank is unusual one, Shape.

There are many shapes that fascinate me, some of which I will rather not go into in a public forum.  In nature there are many shapes that really attract me. Two of them are flowers ( most delicate ) and mountains ( most resilient ). Capturing a few of them here.

These photos are of flowers from my garden taken at different time. The first one was taken yesterday and the one following was taken today. The other two were from last year.

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Looking at these enchanting flowers, I forgot about the mountains.  So here it is. A photo of the majestic El Capitan in Yosemite Valley taken during a trip last week.

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In My Life: Skooby: Tuesday Photo Challenge

Ah, it’s Tuesday and right on the dot Frank Jansen’s Tuesday Photo Challenge prompt was there in my reader.

This week’s theme is “In My Life” and Frank has posted a adorable photo of one of his Cardigan Welsh Corgis.

It’s true that our dogs are a big part of our daily life.  Our dog, Skooby, for last eight years has become an integral part of our life.  So without much ado, here is a photo of Skooby sunbathing.
Sun bathing Skooby

Don’t be fooled by his innocent face
He is stuck at terrible two
Though he seems to be sleeping
Up his sleeve
He has a trick or two
Keeps us always
On our toes
With all his mischievousness
He is adorable though

After we got Skooby, his morning and evening walks were added to my daily routine.  He takes his time to attend to nature’s call, smelling the roses (Ahem!) on his way.  I try to use that time positively as much as I can by photographing the surroundings.  Below is one such photo taken today morning.
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Migratory Ducks in Randoll Creek
Photo by author, February 13, 2018

Sunrise over Varanasi : Tuesday Photo Challenge – Exotic

Sunrise over Varanasi
©Photo of Sunrise over Varanasi – Pranab Sarma, 2018

As the sun came up over the Ganga river ( River Ganges ) on the morning of December 18, 2017 as I was walking the ghats in Varanasi, the sky was covered by a flock of birds ( seagulls ) and nearly covered the rising sun.  I had a split second opening to take this photo.
Seagulls soaring
To greet the
Rising sun
Coloring landscape
Crimson red
Ganga Mata
(Mother Ganga)
Embraces all
Even the sun
Reflecting
On her riverbed


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Tuesday Photo Challenge – Three

I first thought it was tree
Then I noticed
The prompt was “Three

I only had a photo of trees
As luck would have it
There were three 
So my conscience is free
Please hear my plea
Let me tell the story
Of the three trees

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Our city forest suggested Continue reading “Tuesday Photo Challenge – Three”

Tuesday Photo Challenge : Woods

TuesdayPhotoChallenge Week 67

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Pan’s flute lured
The lovers
Cruising the highways
In a drunken state
Down the hill
Car did slid
And came to rest
On the cradle of the woods
Long the lovers were gone
The wreck testimony
To the scheming madness
Of Pan and Bacchus
The woods bearing
For those who came after
A silent warning
To the sad demise
Of the star crossed lovers

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