Saturday, July 14, 2018

Shadows from the trail and elsewhere

Photo of Lea and BK from our days in Saint Louis.

Found a new shortcut that offers some shade for torrid summer day cycle commuting.
The asphalt is in disrepair in some parts of this Multi User Path (MUP), but I will take it.

Lastly a view of the shaded MUP off Edmonds Road. Not a soul on it most days, but then they all might have gotten smarter about the heat :)

Linking with Shadow Shot Sunday 2 and Saturday's Critters

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Brooks on Brompton

Possibly a tiny bit of shadow in this picture ๐Ÿ˜Š

Linking with Shadow Shot Sunday 2.

Have a Happy Weekend!
Peace :)

Saturday, June 30, 2018


During our recent R&R in Johnson City, Texas, the cabin where stayed had a loft and a spiral staircase to get to the same. The first two days of our stay there, only the 2-legged family members ventured up to the loft.

On day three however, we saw BK go up the stairs and pose valiantly.

Rambo did go up the stairs the following day or perhaps even later during the same day, but was too scared to come down the same stairs and so he sat on the bed in the loft and wailed. Until one of us went up and brought him down.

Coco (our new Chow daughter) liked to lay on the bed next to the portable AC unit in the bedroom and just chill. Why not? That's what R&R is supposed to be you know? :)

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Have a Happy WE!

Peace :)

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Friday, June 8, 2018

Another page in the book of life

It has been two weeks since we lost Chaka because of some craziness that took place at the City Vet in Flower Mound. This too is part of life. Not easy, but a part of life. Part of the pain that one suffers due to attachment.

Fully realizing that attachment causes pain, we took our chances and adopted our new family member, Coco from North Texas Chow Haven, a Chow rescue agency. Coco is 3-5 years old and she is undergoing treatment for Heartworms. We will do everything in our power to give this child a good life.

Coco is a joy to be around and loves to sleep, part of which may be due to her medications. The cats are a bit confused (aren't we all), but have accepted their new sister. Coco is exploring, learning and adjusting to her new fur-ever home. We are adjusting to loving her.

That's all the news for now from our neck of the woods.

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Have a Happy WE!

Peace :)

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Chaka - 

My dears-

I have some sad news. 

Chaka passed away at the grooming salon. We are both heartbroken. 

Just lost. 

I hope to be back later. 


Finches and the Cat Trainer

Recently some of the Finches that visit our bird feeder in the front yard have been coming around to the side yard to have some quality time at t he feeder there. May be some of them prefer the solitude. Who knows? The bird photos are very tricky to take when they visit because of the location and the blinds, which if we raise the birds fly, y'all please pardon me for the poorer quality :)

Pictured below are me and my Cat Trainer. Oh no, I am not the Cat Trainer, but my Trainer is a Cat, namely, Rambo. Making sure that I get plenty of exercise and also cheering me along the way.

Enjoy the Memorial Day Weekend, if you observe the holiday.

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Have a Happy WE!

Peace :)

Friday, May 18, 2018

Winter coat

Recent visit with friends in the neighborhood.

Seems some are getting rid of their winter coat.

I will leave you with some melodious music by Carlos Nakai.

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Saturday's Critters

Have a Happy WE!

Peace :)

Friday, May 11, 2018

Father Goose

Father Goose and Goslings seen at a lake near work. You can see the goslings if you zoom in.

The video below is about another Father Goose. I have spent many a evening, in the good company of Leslie Caron & Cary Grant :)

Linking with Saturday's Critters

Have a Happy WE!
Peace :)

Friday, May 4, 2018

Sunday, April 29, 2018


Roses from around our neighborhood.

Linking with Macro Monday 2.

Peace :)

I will leave you with a Tamil film song from my teen years.
Have a Happy Week ahead!

Peace :)

Saturday, April 28, 2018


Not sure if this is a Turkey Vulture or a Black Vulture, but I saw him/her on my commute into work yesterday. I had to edit this iPhone photo to make things pop.

Quite the bird, don't you think?

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Have a Happy WE!
Peace :)

Easier to pull over, when you are riding a bicycle :)

Friday, April 13, 2018

Friday, April 6, 2018

Riding on a Bobtail

Picture from the archives for this post.
Our dear boy Shaggy watching me go for a Bobtail-Back Ride in this shadow.

“Let the beauty we love be what we do. There are a hundred ways to kneel and kiss the ground”
 -Jalaluddin Rumi

Linking with Saturday's CrittersShadow Shot Sunday 2

Have a Happy WE!
Peace :)

Tuesday, April 3, 2018


Lights at the Main Street Bakery and Cafe in Grapevine, Texas.

Aren't lights are magical, often?

“If light is in your heart, you will find your way home.” 

Have a Happy Week ahead!
Peace :)

Friday, March 30, 2018

Spring Rains

Last week, we were blessed with a lot of rain in Dallas-Fort Worth.

The rains brought some flooding along the path I ride. I wised-up and chose not to ride this route on my way back home, as the forecast had more rains for the rest of the day.
Here is a quick video of the same.
As a consequence of the rain and the blossoming of Spring, the scenery on my bicycle commute route was quite nice. I saw several birds. Blue Herons, Cormorants, White Cranes, and quite possibly even a Pelican (hard to tell from a distance without a telephoto lens).

Since last Spring and Summer, I did seven days of consecutive bicycle commuting last week.
It felt good to ride the bicycle.
The fact the Catalytic Converter was sawn off my Honda Element was also instrumental.

As I was crossing Denton Creek, I saw a nice Spider Web on the bridge.

There was a little mist/precipitation on the web, but the web was quite intact.
Spiders are incredible builders of almost indestructible webs.
Lastly, here is photo of a cyclist seen riding home from work. 

Linking with Saturday's Critters, Shadow Shot Sunday 2

Happy Easter to all those who observe the holiday.

Have a Happy Weekend!
Peace :)

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Making the connection 

I ride by a farm that has Buffaloes. Today one Buffalo let me pet his head, communicated with me and licked my hand - a kiss. I am happy to admit I was very moved by the lovingkindness of the Buffalo. 

Below are photos from the very special occasion.

Here is my buddy. Not sure if he needs a name or not, but he seems to know me.

Are we brothers from another birth?

How could you say no to these inviting eyes?

Such a beautiful head. I petted the forehead and the Buffalo reciprocated by making his own noises and licking my hand. For a moment, I was almost teary eyed. Had I cried, that'd have been okay too.

There he stands looking at me.

I took my bicycle closer to the fence. The Buffalo wasn't sure of what I was doing. So, I backed off a bit and let him get used to me and give him his space and the respect he deserved. Just as he treated me with kindness.

Who knew commute to work could be this fun? :)

My buddy Buffalo was joined soon by another friend.

I have been pondering about this encounter.

It feels like it was meant to happen.
Personally, apart from our categorization of "human" v. "animal", I didn't feel the Buffalo was, as a "person" anything different than "me, the human".

Who am I? Who are we?
Are we all not connected?
Perhaps more connected than perhaps our rationale will help us understand?
Perhaps more than how much some of our egos will let us admit?

I will leave you with a song by The Allman Brothers, while I ponder some more ...

Linking with Saturday's CrittersShadow Shot Sunday 2

Have a Happy Weekend!
Peace :)

Friday, March 16, 2018

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day

Happy Saint Patrick's Day to all those celebrate the day!

No new critter photo this week, except the Chow on my T-shirt :)

Linking with  Saturday's Critters.

Have a Happy Weekend!
Peace :)

Friday, March 9, 2018

Little bit of this and that

First off, all is well with all of us.
I have been a bit busy with work and also more involved in Instagram than writing blog posts.
Hence, the less frequent blogging.
So, now that I have come out and admitted that, we can move on :)

Rambo continues to practice Yoga and now is reading the book by the famous Iyengar of Iyengar Yoga as shown below .

Chaka has mastered the art of begging for Chapathi and is very successful at getting one.

I took a few days off to recharge.
Hence, we were able to visit the neighboring city of Grapevine, Texas, for a stroll down Main.
Where we found some delicious offerings for the Furry Family members {beard hair does not qualify}!

I went around the neighborhood for a bit yesterday in search of interesting things to photograph.
I found a nice Pear Tree with a lovely sky background to go with it.

The HOA has done a great job of maintaining the garden around the swimming pool.
I saw a good collection of Winter Pansies (I think that's what they are) by the pool.
I think the yellow flowering vine on the fence around the pool is a variety of Jasmine.

Later that evening, we were at Salata in Coppell, Texas, for dinner. Salute offers great many salads.
The interior of Salata was very pleasing and I saw some cool shadows there, such as the shadow that looks like a cross in the picture below.

Lastly, I wish to share with you some reflections I saw in a mirror at the Main Street Bistro & Bakery in Grapevine, Texas. Great food and great ambience!

I will leave you with a song from Santana's Shaman album, a song by Michelle Branch.

Have a Happy Weekend!
Linking with  Saturday's CrittersShadow Shot Sunday 2Weekend Reflections and SkyWatch Friday.

Peace :)

Friday, February 23, 2018

Critter News

Photos from several walks of our lives.

Top Left: Shadow of Bison in the fields near our home
Top Right: Yogi Rambo Dass teaching me the 'Tail on your Beard' aasana.

Bottom Left: Chaka says, "Why am I outside, while y'all are inside?"
Bottom Right: BK says, "Honestly, you don't expect me to eat Apples and Ginger..."

Linking with Saturday's Critters.
Have a Happy Weekend!

Peace :)

Skies so pretty

Photos from last summer, I think.

I just had to share these views.

Happy Friday and a Happy WE to y'all.

Peace :)

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Fat Tire Shadow

Riding home after work on a winter evening....

Counting all our blessings, including this reliable bicycle and dynamo lighting.
And, the shadows the light cast.

Linking with Shadow Shot Sunday 2.
Have a Happy Weekend!
Peace :)

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Yoga with Rambo

As it is a mix of warm and cold days this winter, everyone has been a mix of lazy and energy all winter this year.

However, Rambo still does Yoga with me. As much Yoga as I do :)

Recently, all the four-legged children got their manicure from the Vet's office. So, we can leave the Yoga mat unrolled, shall we say?

How is it by you? How has your Winter been? Even if chilly and icy, I hope you are in the warmth of your home and among friends and family.

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Have a Happy Weekend!

Peace :)

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Frozen Drink

A couple of weeks ago, things got frigid in North Texas.
We were under a Freeze Warning.
We were worried about the water pipes bursting.
So, we kept the faucets dripping for a day or so.
But, that was just us, humans, having human problems.

Outside the home though, our feathered friends suffered too.
It was too cold for them with not a lot of mature trees around to take shelter in.
And, their water was frozen solid.
You can see the water disc at the base of the tree below.

Here is a close-up of the frozen water from the birdbath.
The S-shaped designs in the water disc are from the saucer which I used in the birdbath.
It can be removed from the birdbath and washed frequently, which provides clean water for the bird babies.

I removed the ice Frisbee, cleaned the saucer and put fresh water in the birdbath.
We are lucky to have a roof over our heads, a warm home, a warm bed, our health, all our limbs, food in the fridge, etc.
I like to remind myself that these must not be taken for granted.
Such a blessing!

I will leave you with a great song by The Allman Brothers.

Linking with Saturday's Critters.

Have a Happy Weekend, y'all.

Peace :)

Friday, January 19, 2018

Special Drink

Ladies and Gentlemen - Please meet our homemade Espresso Martini.

Linking with Shadow Shot Sunday 2.
Have a Happy Weekend!
Peace :)

Friday, January 12, 2018

Yogi Rambo Das :)

Yoga with Rambo, who is always to get on the mat with me.

Since my knee procedure, many stretching exercises have become a part of my evening.
Hence, more time with both cats.
Walk with Chaka as usual.

All is a blessing.

Linking with Saturday's Critters.

Have a Happy Day!
Peace :)