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Daily Post Photo Challenge: Vivid

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Some memories are unforgettable, remaining ever vivid and heartwarming! 

~ Joseph B. Wirthlin

True! My memories of Bhutan travel will always remain vivid like the colors of these flowers I captured with my lenses in the Land of Thunder Dragons. orchid, orange, flower, vivid, color, colourful yellow, orchard, flowers, bright, vivid, color, colourful purple, flower, snowball bush, vivid, colors, colorful Published in response to Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge: Vivid.

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Daily Post Photo Challenge: On the Way

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You’re only here for a short visit. Don’t hurry, don’t worry. And be sure to smell the flowers along the way. ~ Walter Hagen

I am just back from my trip to Bhutan, one of the world’s happiest countries. The land of Thunder Dragon electrified me with its pure, unspoilt beauty. Apart from its green slopes, colourful valleys, picturesque towns and monasteries there were something that captured my heart. And that’s the orchards of peach covered in white blossoms. Yes, peach flowers are something I saw first time in my life while driving on the way to Thimphu, the capital city. The white flowers blooming towards the sky embodied purity and I couldn’t resist capturing them with my lens. Hope you’ll like them too. 🙂

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Published in response to The Daily Post Photo Challenge: On the Way.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Rule of Thirds

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Published in response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: Rule of Thirds

Little deeds are like little seeds, they grow to flowers or to weeds. ~ Daniel D. Palmer

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WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Scale

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In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Scale.”

While roaming around in a resort garden in Shantiniketan a couple of weeks ago I noticed this tiny moth resting on the leaves of this common calendula which seemed so big compared to this beautiful little creature!

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“I can give not what men call love,
But wilt thou accept not
The worship the heart lifts above
And the Heavens reject not,—
The desire of the moth for the star,
Of the night for the morrow,
The devotion to something afar
From the sphere of our sorrow?”

– P.B. Shelley


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I am a periwinkle on whom the tears of heaven dropped that night

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How cunningly nature hides every wrinkle of her inconceivable antiquity under roses and violets and morning dew! ~  Ralph Waldo Emerson

When we started for Choukori from Ranikhet it was raining cats and dogs. It rained all night as we took shelter inside our cozy room. I can’t remember when I fell asleep to wake up to a beautiful morning flooded with soft sunlight that touched the ground through a thin veil of morning mist. I grabbed my camera and ran to the garden. See what I found… Nature in its purest form. 🙂

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Dew drops on Rose Periwinkles

A Bunch of Flowers from the Hills of Sikkim

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Flowers are perhaps the most beautiful creation of Nature. And you’ll find them aplenty on the hills. During our stay in Pipalay, a beautiful village in Namchi, South Sikkim I did try my hand on nature photography. There were wide variety of flowers and foliages. Some were known to me and some unknown. Some dazzled in vibrant colors while some were too small to go unnoticed, but when they blossom you can’t ignore their collective beauty.

There was this red Zinnia in the garden of Shepherd’s Vacation Home (the cottage where we stayed during our short trip). I zoomed in with my Sony Cybershot DSC-W190.

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I found this tiny crimson beauty in the bush behind the cottage and the yellow one too…

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The pink and blue ones bloomed at the feet of the Holy Statue of Samdruptse in South Sikkim. Can you tell me their names?

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The monastery at Samdruptse has manicured gardens where purple and white cosmos were bountiful. They looked like small butterflies amidst the green blades of grass.

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This ‘unidentified’ pink blossom along the garden fence also caught my eyes. And this time I badly felt the need of a DSLR

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On our way back to Pipalay (from Samdruptse) we stopped by Namchi Rock Garden that offers mind-blowing view of the mountains all around. Bonus was a variety of foliage that adorned the small garden. I thought this magenta one is worth sharing.

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You might also love the following combination of red and green sprouted along the stairways of the Rock Garden.

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