29 05 2017

This year I could finally do a wildflower hike – a hike with abundant views of varied wildflowers that adorned the spring landscape. I managed to visit Henry Coe State Park during the brief span of a few weeks before the flowers could vanish in the rising summer heat. Wilson’s Peak trail in the park had been a good choice for the purpose. We saw a wide variety of flowers spread across the hills. We did the 9 mile loop. It had been an unusually hot spring day, which made the hike a little challenging.


I have had my fill of California poppies, buttercups, dandelions in bright happy yellow.

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The ample blues and violets, beautiful and buoyant,  complemented well the yellows, making the scenery a perfect sight. Lupines, fiesta flowers, Chinese houses galore.

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Blow wives, milk weed, baby blue eyes and many more.

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California wild roses, geraniums, tree clovers, and other pinks and reds added just the dash of prettiness needed.

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As you might have guessed by now, my general knowledge of flowers is cursory at best. Notwithstanding the lack of the semantic knowledge, I love the cheerfulness and colorful brightness of these wildflowers – free and happy. 🙂


Flowers, gardens, and colors

20 09 2015

I have an inexplicable fondness towards gardens – botanical gardens, Japanese gardens, Chinese gardens, arboretums. I think I find solace not only in the greenery but also in the way they are well-groomed and maintained. And I love the flowers. I first mentioned about this special liking and the almost enchanting effect of them on me more than 5 years ago here. As I revisited that blogpost, I was bemused by how alike the beginnings of the both – the old post and the current post – are.  😛 Since then, I’ve visited several more gardens and fell in love with each one of them.

While I was strolling in Morton Arboretum with my high-school friend last month and marveling at the beauty of it at each and every turn, she wondered how and when did I acquire this taste. Of course it is neither unnatural nor particularly effortful for anyone to have an appreciation for nature. Her question actually caught me off my guard. However, it struck me that her curiosity is justified given that I’m not exactly known for my perceptiveness or sensibility :P, and that our cultural and family backgrounds never afforded or allowed the luxury of having a penchant for superficial aka non-survival-based  things like art or nature.  Well, I never realized myself when or how it happened to me.  Most probably when I visited Ooty in 2002 and Bloedel Reserve in 2008. But I’m glad it did.

Recently, I had been to Mendocino Botanical Gardens and was mesmerized by the colorful flowers, winding paths, and above all the peace and tranquility the place offered. I know I’m repeating myself and pityingly falling short of describing either the place or my experience in more than a handful of adjectives. The problem is obviously my limited vocabulary and expression abilities, and I believe that only great poets like Wordsworth can do proper justice. 😉 The Dahlia garden was an absolute visual treat.

Here is a collection of photographs from the visit:

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Thereafter, I had been to the Glass Beach. Despite knowing that it’s the dump/trash that’s basically washed out by the sea in the form of colorful glass stones/pebbles, the prospect of looking at the shiny, reflecting, vivid, vibrant beach still lured me.

I was expecting this; (Image source: Google Images)

Glass beach

And I found this:


Close enough?? 😛  I felt duped and disappointed. 😛 Looks like the glass has been diminishing over the years both due to heavy tourism (people collecting glass) and natural causes (waves grinding down the glass). 😐

Beautiful roses

17 06 2010

Isn’t it a great sensual delight to see and smell beautiful and fragrant roses of varied colors and types, pooled together at the same place? What better destination than the International Rose Test Garden at Washington Park in Portland (Oregon) and what better time than during the Annual Rose Festival (May  28th to June 13th 2010) to experience this? 

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This garden reminded me of the Rose garden in Ooty, which I visited around 5 years back. It had similar tiered structure and amazing varieties of roses.