After seeing the Death Valley National Park, I named it a water-less wonder. The vast golden landscape is interesting not only to a geologist but has an appeal to a photographer, and an artist. A good photographer can perhaps capture the beautiful and brutal, dry and dangerous, hot and harsh landscape along with small remnants of life. An artist can reveal the presence of a strange silence in Death Valley like no one else. You and I are mere spectators of this vast wonder named Death Valley.
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If you want to take some time off from the hurried pace of your daily life then Little River Inn on the Pacific coast in Mendocino County is a perfect choice. I recently visited the beautiful Pacific coast in northern California and stayed at the Little River Inn which I found to be an inspiring gem. The beautiful surrounding instills peace with a seeping certainty. The warm welcome that I received even at night around 11:15 pm, made me comfortable instantly. The gracious, good-hearted and gentle people in this beautiful hotel made my stay an unforgettable one.
Some hundreds of years ago there lived a man in the rugged landscape of Utah – a place where survival for an extended period of time was difficult. He was an ordinary man who built a home for his family, a canal for his crops and his cows and a road to collect wood. He used to collect woods to keep them warm during the dark hours of the winter night. One day, he could not find his cow and went to search her. After a while, he not only found his cow but something ethereal. He was not prepared to see what he saw! Ebenezer Bryce unknowingly discovered today’s Bryce Canyon National Park that attracts thousands of tourists throughout the year.
I greeted Spring in picturesque Vevey, Switzerland, I met her in Keukenhof, the world’s largest flower garden in the Netherlands and it always rekindles my passion to read classics. This year I greeted spring in a unique way. I met colors while walking along the corridors of the beautiful exhibition named Bouquets To Art in the de Young Museum, San Francisco. Vibrant and radiant flower bouquets breathed new life into the paintings inside the museum and transformed the whole ambiance into an art piece. When two forms of art juxtapose, the result is nothing but beauty and wonder.
I believe a large water body, be it a river, sea or lake, has a profound effect on men and women living near it. I lived near the beautiful Lake Geneva for six years. That lake has become a part of me. Perhaps in my subconscious mind, I long for the silence that I used to enjoy while walking along the shores of the Lake Geneva. When I saw Lake Tahoe, I was overwhelmed with joy. After almost 2 years, I saw a lake similar to Lake Geneva where I spent countless hours thinking and reflecting on life and death. Among many romantic gateways in California, the beautiful Lake Tahoe, which is the largest alpine lake in North America, will take the first place.
California, the name instantly makes us think about Google, Facebook, Apple and thousands of companies all working day and night with software. Products and ideas from Silicon Valley have changed the way we live today, how we talk to one another and also what we say (emojis for instance). While these thoughts perfectly go with this state of the USA but it has some other sides as well; the side that deals with beauty, nature and romance. Let me show you some glimpses of romantic California!
Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. ~ Bible
We are living in a technology-driven era which promises all material comforts and convenience. But for peace, love, and kindness, we seek a place that heals us and gives us hope. Churches, temples, mosques or any religious institutions gift us moments of confession, dedication, reflection and prayer. When I saw a digital Jesus in The Cathedral of Christ The Light in Oakland, California, I was overcome by the sheer brilliance of the idea. The juxtaposition of tradition and modern ideas always inspire me.
The world inside the sea is different; dark yet colorful; calm yet wild and known yet unknown. It is really difficult to let go of such a world without seeing. I didn’t miss the chance of a submarine tour when I was visiting Hawaii. I can’t emphasize enough that it is one of the must-do activities in this exotic island. I purchased a ticket from Atlantis in Waikiki and spent a memorable afternoon 100 ft under the surface of the Pacific ocean.