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Few photos from Anza Borrego

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Due to the extra rains this year, the desert bloom was supposed to be intense. We probably missed the best of it, but it was still pretty at the Anza Borrego State Park near San Diego. More than the flowers, I actually enjoyed the top-down driving through the windy roads leading in and out of the park on a sunny but cool day. A few photos (still need to learn all the settings for better output from my p&s).

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April 4, 2010 at 2:03 pm

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A heavenly emoticon

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Due to a rare celestial alignment of the moon, Jupiter and Venus, the sky smiled down upon us last night.

Smiley sky

Smiley sky (click for full-sized image)

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Smiley against a lamp-post

Something nice on a otherwise cheerless day, wordl-news wise.

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December 1, 2008 at 9:16 pm

Mumbai moments….

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While I try to untangle the mess my work is in from three weeks of absence, here are some photos from Mumbai taken during the trip (click for full image).
(Previous nostalgia about Mumbai here)

A microcosm of Mumbai ? High-rises next to old buildings, monsoon rains, the sea……the choked traffic:

A man with a Mission (Keep the Queen’s Necklace clean):

Marine Drive from the Nariman Point end:

Gateway (there was quite a bit of construction going on by ASI to restore the structure):

Taj Mahal Hotel:

Won’t find the next three on any tourist route, purely personal:



Juhu Chowpatty – the cow was going beserk (something the eminent Varma-sahib said ?):

Chowpatty again, against the sun-set (such as is visible now-a-days):

The Main Attractions in Juhu 🙂 :

The famous Haji-Ali:

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August 27, 2008 at 12:23 am

Save the Hummer campaign

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In this day and age of high oil prices, and environmental concerns, one person is not afraid to speak the truth. Matthew DeBord argues that the GM behemoth Hummer – often mistaken as a male attempt to cover other…um….shortcomings – needs to be saved; as a symbol of American male virility, or something:

GM desperately needs an obnoxious, attention-grabbing brand to keep from turning into a dreary shadow of its former self. And America needs the Hummer to remind us of what has always made our automobiles stand out, from the tailfin 1950s to the muscle car 1960s and ’70s: swagger. Americans don’t just drive their cars — they proclaim something about themselves by driving them.

It takes a certain kind of man — it’s almost always the owner of a Y chromosome — to take a gander at the Hummer, in all its broad, burly, paramilitary gas-guzzling glory, and see himself behind the wheel, striking fear and loathing in the hearts of ecologically sensitive motorists. Oprah does not drive a Hummer. But Arnold Schwarzenegger has been a proud owner. As has Sylvester Stallone. The Hummer appeals to large men of even larger ego, men who aren’t worried about their carbon footprint and believe that obstacles in life are meant not just to be surmounted but squashed flat. They like owning the beast because, when it bears down on lesser rides on the freeway, those lesser rides — even the Teutonic triple threat of Porsche/BMW/Mercedes — get out of the way. Every once in while, you see a little guy clambering out of a Hummer, painfully in need of a ladder, and you realize that it can also be viewed as a $57,000 ticket to enlarged self-esteem.(link)

One assumes, or hopes – for the sake of sanity – that this Washington Post op-ed was written tongue firmly in cheek.

Anyway, provides an opportunity to post this photo, taken early on during a memorable trip to the Smokies, on a North Carolina freeway (note the personalized license plate).

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July 17, 2008 at 1:05 pm

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Off-beat vacation photos

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Some non-touristy, possibly quirky photos from Tasmania

Launceston policemen playing cricket in the city center on Christmas Day (obviously very little crime was being committed):

Suspension bridge at the Cataract Gorge (the bridge was swinging as we crossed, but made it safely):

A hotel advertising Cascade Draught just a block away from the Boags Distillery (its somewhat similar to a Pepsi Ad next to the Coke factory):

Cold ham is nice in a sandwich:

One of the many murals in Sheffield, a small town near the Cradle Mountains:

It ain’t too far from Paradise:

New technology for old installations (Hobart):

a Hobart park after hard partying the night before:

A classy dinner – picnic on the beach:

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January 5, 2008 at 6:38 pm

Sunday Rainforest Bushwalking

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Not really the stuff of Heart of Darkness, but an hours drive from the city and you feel completely isolated from civilization. Tranquility – interrupted only by singing of the birds and the river. Not bad. Neither is hiking 18Kms through a trail frequently stepping over stones and boulders to cross creeks. Some pix here.

A strangler fig:

Feeling like Tarzan, anyone:

Candidate for desktop image:

One of the many waterfalls:

Sunlight was at premium in many sections:

Thats deep:

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September 10, 2007 at 9:07 pm

Apartment with a View

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The internet gods must be angry with me. How else do you explain that the hotel we were staying at after arriving in Brisbane developed problems with its wireless network for the duration of our stay. And then even after moving into our own apartment and subscribing to ADSL service (did I mention it was very expensive here ?) – they had problems with the service such that I did not have a net connection over the long weekend (it was a holiday on account of the Queen’s Birthday out here !) ? Anyhow, connection has been restored and be prepared for resumption of rants, pedantic ramblings and other such nonsense.

First up, some views from the apartment we moved into:

The Story Bridge (Brisbane’s signature landmark)

The GABBA in the distance

Part of Brisbane Downtown

GABBA at night

Downtown at night

Some more on the same lines here.

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June 11, 2007 at 6:35 pm