A Date with Animals

Last weekend was fun for kids as we went to the Minnesota Zoo, home to over 4,800 animals in ecosystem based habitats. There were many endangered species, wild animals and other attractions including camel rides and walking with llamas. I got some snapshots of the enriching date to share with you🤗

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Different Hues of the Lake

Every dusk looks dreamy, every dawn is magic… there is something about the lake at backside of my house. Today it is the colour of Krishna! So blue, so ethereal, so serene, took my breath away. Behold the hues!

And a few days back… it was like this charming reddish-yellow. Where does it get the colours from?

If only we had the time to look… we would see wonders everyday!

Messengers of Spring

After a long wintry wait, messengers of Spring flew by my home announcing – Spring is finally here!

The Lake heard them and began to melt!

A dainty flower blushed deep pink and adjusted the green frills around her.

Yellow grasses got up, shook off snow and embraced each other..

Kids got the message and took out their bikes…

A fitness enthusiast headed outdoors…

And….I brought out my brown chair to inhale the deep freshness of Spring! Yes, Spring is finally here. We’ve all got the message! 😀

(Pictures – Shivangi)

The Lake, Wild Flowers and Sunset!

Behold how the lake looks this summer after months of staying frozen and white! Yellow, white, purple and pink wild flowers outline the shimmery delight while the departing Sun gently touches it with scarlet and gold. Suddenly, it is full of life with sweet birds, butterflies and insects. Truly, what a transformation!

Below is the lake in winters….

Amazing, isn’t it! Change is the only constant!

Innocent Spring

After the season of perseverance (Winter), finally arrives the season of innocence (Spring). The Earth has shook off snow and our lake is finally blue. Kids are heading outdoors after a long hibernation and it is activity all around me. Last to last week, everything was still and quiet in Minnesota. Now, I can’t believe the transformation!

A variety of colorful birds are returning and I spotted this beauty – one of the first visitor in the Lake.

Meanwhile, the rest of my family is enjoying the advent of Summer in India. It is also the season of mangoes. Trees are laden with green, ripening mangoes, filling the air with a sweet aroma. Look at one of our lovely mango trees.

In Patna, our hometown, we have almost all the varieties of mangoes in our home – Mallika, Malda, Dusheri, Gulabkhas, Sukul, Bambai, Amrapali, Biju… And every alternate year it grows in abundance. Mouth watering pickles, sour sweet jams, jellies, mango bars get prepared to last throughout the year. My mother in law makes some absolutely amazing delights.

Almost a decade ago, as a newly wed, I was enthralled to pluck ripe yellow mangoes directly from the tree and relished it. Can I help missing India at this time of the year?

I am thankful that the Spring is finally here. And I am watching it gradually prepare for the exuberance of Summer time. Hope the Innocence of Spring enables us to sparkle from within!

Bye Bye Fall!

As colour and vibrancy give way to chill and stillness, sharing some last pictures of Fall this year! 

White Winter lurks just around the corner to envelope the Earth and force inhabitants into hibernation. We had snow shower yesterday.

 It is lovely to watch sublime beauty shrouding herself in white mystery! Saluting the ever changing Nature!