Anger Is Temporary Madness: The Stoics Knew How to Curb It

‘Remember that it is we who torment, we who make difficulties for ourselves – that is, our opinions do. What, for instance, does it mean to be insulted? Stand by a rock and insult it, and what have you accomplished? If someone responds to insult like a rock, what has the abuser gained with his invective?’

Meet the Bird Medics of New Delhi

Unsung heroes.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/07/science/kites-birds-conservation-india.html?utm_source=digg

Reading: How to Write 10,000 Words a Week

Once you start writing with a reader’s mindset, a lot of the ego and insecurity disappears. That’s when writing becomes an act of giving

from How to Write 10,000 Words a Week

Mindfulness & The Art of Slow Photography

my view was limited to what was in close proximity, the only sound was nature, in the stillness the frogs regained their confidence and reappeared in the algae coated water, a stork settled and turtle edged along his perch

from https://johnwreford.wordpress.com/2019/11/27/mindfulness-the-art-of-slow-photography/

This is the fun of photographing nature. You sit there absorbing nature – sensing the sounds and smells, enjoying every bit of it.

The blog above starts of well but ends abruptly. I was expecting more.

2019 – Monthly Photo Recap

Back in 2008, towards the end of the year, I spent some time looking at the pictures taken during the year and picked my favorite.

Felt like doing the same this year in a slightly different way. One favorite from every month of the year. Just thinking that it would push me to be more consistent thought out the year to keep taking more pictures.

Jan was a slow month for personal time off. Hardly any photographic activity. I was mostly busy with work at home. Fortunately the morning views from my terrace was beautiful. The picture above was taken in the middle of Jan as the sun was about to rise above the horizon.
Feb was even more hectic. Hardly any breaks or time for personal entertainment. The view from the terrace came to the rescue once again. The rising sun lighting up the cumulus clouds early in the morning.
Towards the end of Feb we moved to a new house. No more sunrise views from the terrace. So Mar had a little more personal time. Played around with my dog and 85/1.4 manual lens
Apr’s highlight was a work trip to San Francisco bay area. Used the weekend to drive down the Route 88 for some beautiful Vistas. Above is a log cabin buried under snow at Silver Lake, California. Pictures from that trip: California – Apr 2019
Ramzan came early in 2019. So in May, off I went for my annual pilgrimage to the Ramzan food stalls. More pictures at: Ramzan Delicacies.
In May, I also did the first bike ride of the year. It was a short ride and got some excellent sunrise pictures. See: Bike Ride: Narsapura Sunrise – Pictures

June was a bummer. Absolutely no pictures.

In July I did a new kind of trip. A car camping ride with my Lily. I folded our Ertiga’s back seats and put a mattress there. For four days and three nights we explored the hills and beaches of Northern Karnataka. Canine Adventures – Driving with Lily: Pictures and Travelog
Towards the end of Aug, I went to Nainital. Spent some time there during monsoons after many years. Wild flowers were a plenty and I got some good pictures.
Another picture taken on Sep 2nd when I did a small ride through the Kumaon backroads towards Bhatrojkhan – Pictures and Travelog
Oct was the highlight of the year. I went again to Nainital to pick up my parents. Combined that with a bike ride to the Darma valley – Pictures and Travelog
In Nov had the opportunity to visit the temples of Belur and Halebidu with my cousin. The light was hard and pictures weren’t great.
Towards the end of the year did a family trip to Hampi. The place was quite hot and also very crowded. With the kids and all, there was little opportunity to find good photo opportunities.
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