Elephant Bath


Just one of my adventures in Chitwan National Park in Nepal.


2nd bath







Other adventures


Masking the obvious

Of course it’s close to halloween and of course we are doing a blog on masks.. makes perfect sense.  Last year I took the post into the realm of masks we hide behind as people (31 Days of Randomness, Masks and Faces) this year.. well.. I took it literally.

Let me start by saying that some things just do NOT need masks or any special coverage for halloween!!! They are cute and surprising and funny with or without.  that would be my own kids, my grandkids, my neighbor’s kids, my sister’s neighbor’s kids, etc.

Other people, usually adults, actually probably do better with a mask.. for sure. Or at least feel that a mask makes them more clever or interesting. In fact, it usually does. Whether it be for halloween or just to make a statement.

Bottom line, masks are fun.  Hope you enjoy.

“Don’t you know that a midnight hour comes when everyone has to take off his mask? Do you think life always lets itself be trifled with? Do you think you can sneak off a little before midnight to escape this?”
Søren Kierkegaard


Masked posts:

Beauty in mud

Some people walk in the rain, others just get wet.

Roger Miller

If the rain spoils our picnic, but saves a farmer’s crop, who are we to say it shouldn’t rain?

Tom Barrett

The best thing one can do when it’s raining is to let it rain.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Rain is grace;

rain is the sky descending to the earth;

without rain,

there would be no life.

John Updike

I’ve always found the rain very calming.

Many a man curses the rain that falls upon his head, and knows not that it brings abundance to drive away the hunger.

The way I see it,

if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain.

Dolly Parton
after the rain

after the rain

Other beautiful posts

Easy to catch a silhouette

Shadow is the obstruction of light. Shadows appear to me to be of supreme importance in perspective, because, without them opaque and solid bodies will be ill defined; that which is contained within their outlines and their boundaries themselves will be ill-understood unless they are shown against a background of a different tone from themselves.

Leonardo da Vinci


“Actually, I do happen to resemble a hallucination. Kindly note my silhouette in the moonlight.” The cat climbed into the shaft of moonlight and wanted to keep talking but was asked to be quiet. “Very well, I shall be silent,” he replied, “I shall be a silent hallucination.”
― Mikhail BulgakovThe Master and Margarita

Fishing silhouette in Curacao

Fishing silhouette in Curacao

Statute in Peru with bird on head.

Statute in Peru with bird on head.

This week, experiment with light and capture a silhouette.

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Relics in Agra India – Akbar’s Tomb

I was fortunate enough this past holiday weekend to be able to take a quick trip to India.  It feels a little surreal to even be able to say that last sentence.  “A quick trip to India”.  Wow!! I had a 4 day weekend, it was a two hour cheap flight and I even had a place to stay in New Delhi.  So why not!!

Due to the fact it was a very quick trip, it was decided we would focus solely on the city of Agra.  It sounds so cliche but India is truly a country steeped in remarkable history and it abounds with ancient relics and monuments that are surrounded by some very passionate stories.

We visited Akbar’s Tomb, Fort Agra, Jodhbai’s Palace and of course the Taj Majal.  I hope you enjoy the photos.

Our first stop was Akbar’s Tomb.

DSC01077The mausoleum was just outside of Agra City and we stopped there on our way to our hotel.  I was very glad we did. It was built sometime between 1605 and 1613 and was built by Akbar himself as building your own tomb was the tradition of the time.  I guess that makes sense, what you want and where you want it.  Who better to honor you than..uh.. YOU???

The main building was being restored.  It was amazing watching these guys work with no safety nets.  The building was enormous.


The walkway to the building was equally impressive.  You pass through the giant main structure and as you exit through the opposite side you are greeted with the impressive building which houses the tomb.

DSC01032When you look at it, it is not surprising that Akbar was not actually able to complete the construction of the tomb in his own lifetime. His son completed it after his death.

As you walk from one building to the next, you are surrounded by green lawns with deer, trees, flowers and fountains and couples in every nook and cranny.

When you enter the tomb you have to remove your shoes.  The inside of the building is as impressive as the outside.



The tomb building was actually built as a false tomb and the tomb itself is in the basement. This was really the most impressive part of these grounds.  The entryway was a deep colored sandstone which led to a darkened doorway.


When you turn left through the door you are greeted with the tomb and a lone man who upon your entry cups his hand to his mouth and makes a song that resonates through this room in a way that moves your heart.  It’s beautiful.  I was so surprised by this that I didn’t even think of taking a video of it.  I could have stayed there for a lot longer than I did. The exit, though it was the same as the entrance, looked completely different.

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The walk back to our car was equally impressive.  We didn’t stay here long but the images definitely left a long lasting impression.

I hope you enjoyed this Indian relic.  For your further reading, the entire history in short.


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