Wordless Wednesday


A fiery June sunset seen over the horizon in Northern India.


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Fall in Baltimore

A final Fall reminiscence as we welcome the winter.~ Hints Of Life

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A gush of fall colors outside Baltimore

Travel to near and far places enriches one’s mind, body and soul. It is the best kind of therapy that one needs from time to time. As I write this blog post it brings me immense joy and some fond memories. In late October I took a short trip to Baltimore in the nearby state of Maryland.

It was a special trip as I was traveling with my parents visiting from India. Starting our trip early morning we took the bolt bus from Manhattan to Baltimore. The three hour bus ride was comfortable and the fall colors of blazing reds, vibrant orange and sunny yellows spectacular throughout the journey. Looking through the window I was a spectator to nature’s greatest show. As the bus moved forward the scenery appeared like fast transiting rushes from a film.

Though the North-East experienced a delayed fall foliage peak this year, a result of warm temperatures and late October rains, for nature lovers it’s never too late to enjoy the colors of fall.

A hazy shot from my bus window

Being on the road, traveling to new places, imbibing new experiences, absorbing new scenes; transports me into a calm and happy state. My mind feels free as if in a state of hypnosis and my thoughts wander to unreachable places. I like to use this quiet time to reflect, ponder, and dwell; to connect to my deepest emotions and feelings.

A close shot of the fall colors in the neighborhood

We were traveling to Baltimore to meet my maternal uncle and his family. A warm home welcomed us with love, delicious food, and late night chats. The suburb Stellabrooke was a quiet, beautiful neighborhood with gorgeous fall colors all around. Unable to resist my desire to explore the nature that surrounded my uncle’s house I took off in the evening with my camera into the woods. On this particular evening, the moon shone beneath the veil of clouds, bathing the fall trees in a milky glow. Walking around the yellow American Elms, bright Red Buckeyes and orange Sugar Maples my half-mile walk came to a halt at the end of the road. A tall red sign indicating ‘road end’ led to a private property whose driveway was painted in the stunning fall colors. I stood there for a few minutes romanticizing the scene and wondering about the people who live in this beautiful area.

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A cluster of fall trees at the end of the road

As the thunder rumbled in the distance a harbinger for the approaching storm I made my way back to my uncle’s home. It was time to retire to the warm indoors and enjoy a delicious cup of ginger tea with some homemade snacks. The two day trip soon came to an end and it was time to travel back to the city. We said our goodbyes taking with us lovely memories to cherish until we meet again.

Happy December! 😊

Signing off with best wishes for the week!




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The Lamp Post

Happy Thanksgiving! ~ Hints Of Life

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A lamp lit evening in Central Park, the American Elm shown in its late fall glory


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White summer blossom

A white summer blossom in the wild~ Hints Of Life

White Summer Blossomher breath quickening
her lips quivering with thirst
her feet dashing forward with each heartbeat
her eyes wandering in the wilderness
searching for the resplendent wild white flower
that possessed the secrets to her mind

dream, said the wild flower
have courage to write your dreams, it whispered

you must dare to dream – of the impossible, the unattainable, the transcendent
because, one day your dreams will come alive

when they do come to life
cherish them every hour, every minute, every second of your being
dare to dream my child, as dreams come alive


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Silent Sunday

Purple Sensation Allium at Central Park ~ Hints Of Life

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Silent Sunday

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Wordless Wednesday

I dream of a flower growing in the swamp, fighting all odds, bringing hope to the universe ~ Hints Of Life

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Wordless Wednesday

Everything you can imagine is real~ Hints Of Life

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Magnolia blossoms in Central Park

Magnolia blossoms in spring splendor at Central Park.~ Hints of Life

Magnolia blossoms at East Green, Central Park

The sky bright and blue, the air fresh, sunshine everywhere, and within it blossomed the stunning Magnolia Jane at Central Park East. Spring notably is the season of new beginnings, new life, colors and lasting memories. And I standing under the breathtaking purple-pink Magnolia flowers in the ‘East Green’, was creating a beautiful memory to share with my friends and family.

Entering the park from near the Metropolitan Museum of Art, I was welcomed by an avenue of Magnolia blossoms. From Magnolia Jane and Star Magnolia to the Saucer Magnolia there was a spring magnificence all around.

My first encounter was with the Star magnolia, the elegant, starburst flowers made up of long thin petals that vary in color from snow white, to deep pink, and from lightly to intensely scented. They are usually the first magnolia to bloom in spring or sometimes even in late winter. In fact, just a handful of Star magnolia have been planted in Central Park, mostly behind the Metropolitan Museum of Art. It was under its shade, the subtle lemon scented flowers filled my senses with zest and exuberance.

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Start Magnolia, Central Park

Walking further the Magnolia jane colored the park in white and pink blossoms. The light scented, tulip-like blossoms are known to be late bloomers, and slow growers, and so less prone to suffer damage from late frosts in the spring. But when they blossom they are a sight to behold. They have a sort of ‘wow’ factor that forces passersby to stop to admire their eternal, benevolent beauty. The white and pink blossoms hang so close to the ground that I could touch them, feel their delicate texture and smell their fragrant flowers, leaning into the lush blossoms for the perfect #flowerpower selfie.

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Magnolia Jane, Central Park

Walking towards the obelisk (aka Cleopatra’s  Needle) another magnolia specie blossomed in spring glory. Saucer magnolias known for their large flowers bloomed in various shades of white, pink and maroon. I first spotted the bloom beginning at the stairway to the Obelisk, running north to the end of the lawn where the statue of Hamilton sits. The flowers of  saucer magnolias emerge dramatically on the bare branches of the tree before its leaves in early spring. Its leaves are shiny, dark green and oval shaped.  The magnolia species are truly sensational in this part of the park.

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Saucer Magnolia, Central Park

I left the park with heartwarming memories that I’ll cherish for a long time. Magnolias are among the most ancient trees in the world, and some of the oldest found fossilized flowers. Like the cherry blossoms, magnolias represent the arrival of spring and should equally be celebrated as a spring delight. In Conservatory Garden, you can spot this bloom in the South Garden.


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Wordless Wednesday

A host of yellow daffodils swaying in the spring breeze at Central Park.~ Hints Of Life

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