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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.

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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

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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: […]

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Magnolia Blooms!

Magnolias are blooming all over town. Pandemonium in pink! This is right outside my health club in downtown Boston. Looks like the Muse has been visiting all my friends. So when she knocked, I let her in: Cupid shoots Scarlett tips Of quivering maiden lips Nikon D70, Nikon 50mm (75mm effective) f/1.8 © Arun Shanbhag

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Boston Public Garden in the Spring – A panorama

click image for larger version On Friday, I stopped by the Boston Public Garden. Blooming cherry trees, and sprouting willows, chestnuts and maples left me breathless. Like if I stepped into a magical world. Spring leaves are lighter and so much more enjoyable than the dark greens of late summer. The SwanBoats paddle tourists around […]

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Hyacinths and a Daffodil

A few white hyacinths in the foreground. Note the leftover little yellow crocuses on the right, and daffodils in the background. An Hyacinth pod is made of nearly 50 distinct blooms. WoW! I blame the long winter for the mediocre daffodils this season. This one turned out picture perfect! Nikon D70, Nikon 50mm (75mm effective) […]

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Crocuses: Spring's first sigh

With the last snow just melted, crocuses are the first spots of color in an otherwise bleak landscape. These tiny bundles of joy have blooms barely an inch tall. At night, crocuses bundle-up. At first light, these are getting ready to lazily unfurl. An hour later, they are in full bloom! *sigh* Yes, there is […]

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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 […]

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Tulips from my Garden

pics of tulips from our garden by Arun Shanbhag

May these bring joy and color to you life. Have a Great Day! Pics of our tulips from previous years here and here; and a recent ipad sketch of tulips.