Monochrome Monday: Odd Girl Out

This picture makes me feel sad. It makes me think of the teenage movies where the group of ‘popular’ girls went out of their way to exclude the girls not in the popular group. I don’t know if the three standing even knew the one sitting girl. I doubt they did for that side of the pool…

Maroon Meditation

I am amazed at the discipline required for meditation.  The monks at Bodh Gaya seemed to ease into a meditative state with little difficulty. I saw one saffron dressed monk in Lotus position that was dead still in meditation for over an hour. I have tried to meditate but my monkey mind distracts me within a…

Self Portrait: Van Gogh

One of my favorite classic artists is Van Gogh. (I must admit, most of what I know about him comes from a Van Gogh based episode of Doctor Who). Every time I visit the Art Institute of Chicago, I can’t leave until I see the Van Gogh exhibit. Beginning in Feb 2016, there will be…

The Lakeside Couple

Given the right conditions (temperature, sunlight, white cloud cover), I could sit for hours photographing the constant flow of people walking, running, biking, relaxing within touching distance of Lake Michigan. This couple talked and smiled during their walk on this gorgeous day. I do find one aspect of their togetherness a tad bit disturbing.This couple…

Concerts

One of the things I miss most about India was the extensive array of inexpensive concerts. I only went to Classical Indian concerts which I found to be an amazing blend of sounds from instruments not typically seen in the West. The music is an acquired taste and, from viewing the crowds, a type of…

Yucca

I have long been a fan of the cream colored flowers that bloom from the single stalk of a yucca plant. That single stalk is a spike, a cylindrical spear with a point that can easily impale someone falling off a horse. The Yucca was a widely used plant in the Southwest US and Mexico…