Sunday, April 18, 2010

.. and the b-fish

A blowfish is actually a very puffed up creature, full of air, and sometimes, deadly poisonous. That's starting to sound like someone from office.

Quite unlike the one above in the picture. I just named it so because I didn't know its real name, and it appeared to be blowing something all the time, and google goggles works on only mobile phones yet, of the non-apple type.

Blowing kisses, I believe.
For all the thousands of visitors that come to see him and his fellow mates, every day.

For, as Harte said,
"Never a lip is curved with pain
That can't be kissed into smile again."

Actually, I had never heard of Bret Harte before, came to know of him through his quote.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

that canal park again

What a gorgeous day its been !

Explored a few more miles of the Delaware & Raritan canal state park .. did you see ever see such an inviting route ?

Spring has wielded its magic on the very ground beneath the feet, and all sorts of flowers are out to greet the sun which had been playing truant most of winter.

A nice cool breeze sets them a-dance, and the joy of being free from all that snow is quite palpable. Really, you must know winter to properly enjoy the spring !

Met some turtles (in the natural habitat this time), and some very fiercely protective canadian geese. Found out that while all nature is beaming the goose I met was pretty cross about something. Must be a she-goose :P

I also found out that I can record the exact walk I took and tweet it from my phone, even before I reach home... talk about instant gratification !!

Saturday, April 10, 2010

leap of faith

Wonder if the turtle was wondering what was beyond the ledge ?

@National Aquarium, Baltimore.

On first sight, the aquarium rang me a faint resemblance to the Louvre Pyramid, made so famous by Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code. Or maybe it was famous in its own right before, I just came to know of it from the book :)

So the "Pyramid" tops of the third, fourth and fifth floors of the aquarium - and they house an entire rainforest in there ! A very well maintained rainforest, I must say, with large trees and creepers and shrubs, and birds flying free, or at least not kept inside a chained cage. Somewhat like a modern hanging gardens ...

Thursday, April 8, 2010

by the way,

this - is what I had gone to Washington to see. Multiplied a million times over.

Turned out that the journey was even more memorable than the destination.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010


I knew this guy ever since I was a kid and our house was stocked with painted Russian books. However, even then, and later too, I knew that he was an imaginary character, brought to life by an artist overdosed with the happy potion.
It necessiated a trip to the National Aquarium, Baltimore , to find out that he was for real, after all !

Blowfish pics to follow.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

ek, ek se bhale do ..

Well, one is very well and all, and its still a pretty thing, you know, but really there's nothing like two to balance out things in the bigger picture !

Random allusions to life aside, I caught on to a little tulip exhibition that quite took my breath away. Really, it was just about a dozen of tiny scattered plots, and if that has this kind of effect, I wonder what visiting a festival in Holland could do for spirits. Time to fix another date, methinks, now that I have fulfilled this one !

Thursday, April 1, 2010

seasons ..

.. all taken with my cell-phone.

What a lovely feeling to know that something will be always there for you, come rain, sun or snow ! :)