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The Daily Post Photo Challenge: Muse

” So what’s your muse — what subject do you turn to frequently, more inspired each time? ”

Nature inspires me the most, especially the Sun and how it changes with the passing of the day. These photos were taken early on the 28th morning.






A Photo a Week Challenge: Uncategorized

Recently, we had been to London and had been to Greenwich. While walking through the museum, we had to walk down these stairs. Each and every step was a little worn out in the middle and the colour had changed. Countless people over the years must have gone down. I just had to photograph the stairs, a mute testimony to the popularity of the place.


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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Three Items for the Number Three

A cruise on the Thames – the buildings, the river and cruise boat.


Walking around the City of Westminster- the hedge, the flowers and the window.


In Greenwich Royal Observatory, the sign board, the meteorite and my fingers:)

oldest object

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What is in a name?

“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose. By any other name would smell as sweet.”
Somehow I have never been able to agree with this quote by William Shakespeare.

A name makes all the difference. When our grandson was born, the name given to him by his parents made a difference. It was as if he had acquired a personality of his own.

Recently , while in London we had been to Oxford. It had been a dream to visit Oxford or Cambridge. Oxford is a beautiful place steeped in history. We had joined a walking tour there and it was fun. It was fascinating to see the names of so many eating places and shops. One was named Cape of Good Hope, I wonder why that name was chosen? Another was called Opium Den, Chinese cuisine. I just had to photograph them. Those names added a magic to those places. Some of those names reminded me of the names read in books.

We were standing near a stream and the guide told us that J R R Tolkien had studied and worked here and he must have written The Lord of the Rings there too, if not the whole at least many parts of it. The guide must have been a great fan of Tolkien, he was telling us so much about the writer. For me the place seemed to become a part of Middle Earth. Lord of the Rings is one of my favourite books. I really do not know how many times I have read the book over the years. I just cannot imagine this book being called by any other name.:))

Maybe, once we are used to a given name, it becomes a part of the place or thing or living being. Calling it by any other name seems strange. Over the years our politicians have got into the habit of changing the names of places or roads. I suppose it is their way of thinking they have done something !! But most people just ignore the new name and refer to the place by its old name and many a time when asked by the new name, there is blank look. :))
“I read in a book once that a rose by any other name would smell as sweet, but I’ve never been able to believe it. I don’t believe a rose WOULD be as nice if it was called a thistle or a skunk cabbage.”
― L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables


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Travel Theme : Old Fashioned

Earlier such pulleys were used to draw water from the wells. In some places they are still used but have become old fashioned due to the use of electric motors.



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Whether you opt for a single photo or seven, we want to see all the colors of the rainbow.


A painting competition for children during one of our festivals:)


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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Two Very Different Items or the Number Two

Our recent London trip was great fun. One of the afternoons, we joined a walking tour around Monument area. On the way, some very different Items:)


The old and the new:)


The bus which moves and the fixed post box:)



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A photo a week challenge : Action shot

Our grandson, when the whole family was here 🙂





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Sunday Stills : Multiple Flowers

These are wild flowers. These plants grow by the hill side in our place.We collect these flowers and dry them in the sun and store them. Later we use them in our cooking:)

Holarrhena pubescens – Herbarium JCB

Common name : Kurchi, Tellicherry bark; Vernacular name : Kutajah, Kalinga (San.); Kurci, Kudha (Hin.); Kodagasana (Kan.) Key identification features : A small …


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Travel Theme : Off-centre

We were in London recently. It was fun to photograph the roads and lovely buildings on either side. Here there are two different types of buildings on either side. As I was taking the photo, the beautiful London double-decker bus came by and it is off-centre 🙂