Keukenhof Gardens: Tulips Overdose

pic of tulips at Keukenhof Gardens Lisse Netherlands by Arun Shanbhag

When we were planning a trip to The Netherlands, I was thinking of immersing myself at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, while M was dreaming of the tulips, i.e. the Keukenhof gardens in Lisse, a quick bus ride from Schiphol Airport. Of course we did both, and much more. It was a bright, cool day in […]


We are doing well

Netherlands Keukenhoff Manashi Meera Picture of Cherry Blossoms in Netherlands

Cherry Blossoms in Keukenhof Gardens, Lisse, Netherlands. We are doing well and currently in Manipal India


Kini Hotel, Kumta

pics of chai and breakfast at Kini Hotel Kumta by Arun Shanbhag

This tiny tea shop in Kumta is my main eating and meeting place in Kumta. It’s in the main paent (market) and only a few steps from the Shanteri Kamakshi Devasthan and the Venkatraman Muth/Devasthan.


Owl and a Winter Flower

photo of Owl basking in the winter sun in Boston by Arun Shanbhag

We have had so much snow in Boston, I’ve stopped complaining. After an early morning snow removal workout, we (sa kutumb) went for a much needed walk, … to see an owl. This Eurasian Eagle Owl (?) had found a cozy hole in a tree and was enjoying the sun.


Tulip Season

sketch of Tulips by Arun Shanbhag

Usually, I take pics of tulips in my garden (see here, here and here). This year I have been impressed at how easy it was to draw them on the iPad with Paper. I use this app often at work to sketch key concepts.


11 Secrets to Success

pics of colorful roses in a vase at home by Arun Shanbhag

Decades ago when I subscribed to the Investor’s Business Daily, they had an inside section called IBD’s 10 Secrets to Success. I clipped out that section, and every so often would go over the list to make sure I was following it. I am sharing it with you all, and archiving this valuable, yellowing scrap […]


Meera and Sleeping Phlox

Pics of Meera posing in front of a phlox garden flowers by Arun Shanbhag

I have the good fortune to walk Meera to her pre-school every morning. We walk by our neighborhood and cross a park on her way to school. It’s Meera’s field trip (picnic) everyday, and I am her lucky guide.


Flower Sellers at Matunga

Flowers at the Matunga Flower Markets by Arun Shanbhag

The Best of Mumbai: Matunga Flower Sellers during Ganapati Festival. Looking forward to more.


Flower Sellers at Dadar

pictures of Young girls selling roses at the Dadar Flower Market, Mumbai by Arun Shanbhag

Few years ago I wrote about the Dadar Flower Market, in Mumbai. Tucked under the bridge next to the Dadar train Station, like alien slime it oozes into adjoining alleys and walkways, filling every doorway and cranny. So jam-packed, my cousin cautioned, “don’t even try to put your hand in your pocket, it will go […]


Spring in Boston

The days that used to lie curled up, numbed by penetrating frost, bit by bit stretch out their limbs now that winter’s past. ~ Sri Dharanidhara from Vidyadhara’s Subhaashita Ratnakosha Translated from the Sanskrit by Daniel HH Ingalls, Harvard University Press The original verses were composed between the 8th and 10th century. Vidyadhara probably compiled […]


Tulip Mania

It was a dreary weekend; overcast, drizzly and cold. Perfect time to snuggle under the goose down and sip warm almond milk. After putzing around the house for a few hours, I realized the rains had stopped – whatdayaknow. An overcast day is perfect to take flower pics. In the diffuse light, the subtle colors […]


Azaleas Blooms: Pink Madness!

Its the long Memorial Day weekend and we are at home!!! The last three years, we were always away on holidays at this time. This was a great time to work in the garden. Many bushes are blooming and others are just sprouting. A good time to clean, trim, add compost, de-weed and general maintenance. […]


A few Tulips

I promised a few tulips from the Public Gardens here. But work, and life in general, have been exceptionally busy. A major deadline looms at the end of the month, delaying even my India trip. M leaves a week earlier and I complete the project and join the festivities later. When I finally made it […]


Spring Flowers: Hyacinths and Tulips

These tiny grape hyacinths are the most abundant in my yard, and pop up in every nook and cranny. With blooms only a couple of inches tall, they get overlooked amongst the brilliantly proud tulips. Also because they are so tiny, they pose a particular challenge to photograph. I planned this composition for weeks, even […]


Crocuses: Blush of Spring

Last week, winter's icy claws loosened. The frozen ground yielded; and like butterflies from an underground vault, these golden crocuses burst forth! Passing strangers paused and held their breath. Kids pointed to this burst of color, in an otherwise forlorn landscape, and their eyes gleamed in joy. For how much longer will dogwoods, cherries and […]


New Year Greetings 2006

Wishing You All A Successful and Fun-filled New Year! May we all do the things we resolved to do! M & A


From Montreal – Bouquets of Joy

(click image for larger version) A couple of weeks ago we drove up to Montreal, Canada for a short holiday. What a beautiful city and a beautiful people! Oh, those restaurants! Certainly more about those in a separate post. Strolling on the heavily walked, St Catherine's Ave, we saw a little stall surrounded by buckets […]


Mumbai coming, LJ on hiatus

Trying out this new lens for my India trip. Its a beauty. Very sharp, but a bit bulky. The second pic is a closer crop and you may notice the slightest shake. Hand held, of course. We leave for Mumbai in a few hours. Panicking and packing till the last minute. If anyone wants to […]


Cherry Blossoms

Cherry Blossoms in the Boston Public Garden; click image for larger version This is a variant of the cherry tree and the Japanese call it kanzan yaezakura. Here it is called the double-blossomed cherry. While the common cherry flower has only five petals, these have more than 20. Previous pics from the Boston Public Garden: […]



It's not often that I will provide a link to another's journal. But 's spectacular photography compels me to share this with you. In your spare time, browse through her previous photographs, particularly of the rose she posted for Valentines. Not understanding one word on her posts does not hinder by enjoyment. Actually, the Ukranian […]


Blossoms of Joy

Rising from the earth, A life takes birth From seeds sown by loving hands, In sun it flowers Kissed by dew, Caressed by wind, Blossoms of joy! In a collaborative effort, Shri graciously agreed to pen these lines to go with the flowers from my garden. The delicate mango color of the petals, combined with […]