Warm up for me…. please :-)

What’s on you mind?

The last few posts, I have posted teaser content and photos of Cherry Blossoms from previous year. To prove my previous post,  and reiterate that while winter seems to be making a fuss about leaving (we had flurries almost all day today), here are the first official pictures of some pink from this year 🙂

cb4This time of the year, if you live in the DC area, Cherry Blossoms are what’s on most people’s mind. End of March and early April is when throngs return to the Capital city, to catch a glimpse of the Blossoms along the Tidal Basin, around the city and neighborhood. In a way, the Cherry Blossoms are a harbinger of spring: once they are here and gone, winter is officially over.

cb3Believe it or not, while it is quite pleasant to be able to walk around the city without being trampled upon, I do miss the hustle and bustle that returns with the Cherry Blossoms. It is exciting to see new faces and the awakening of the city for the new tourist season which continues till Labor Day.

cb2The trees around the Tidal Basin are still slow to bud, but come this time next week, I am sure there will be more life in them. Today’s storm, is hopefully the last of the year, and temperatures are expected to return to normal after tomorrow.

cb1So pink is here to stay, at least for the next 2-3 weeks….Enjoy!



Winter blues to turn pink

Despite the wild mood swings the weather around the country appears to be experiencing,
Despite all the winter blues we are being forced through, the Cherry trees are budding!
My tulips survived the cold and the snow…. are still green and growing…
The Cherry trees near my office are starting to turn pink.
There is not a leaf in sight, still…
All other Cherry trees appear to be budding…. including the ones in the Tidal Basin.

IMAG0336Spring officially kicks off today. While the next four days reek of warmth, snow is in the forecast for Tuesday. It seems winter is not done yet with it’s mood swings.

But nothing can stop the Cherry Blossoms from blooming…. and before we know it, the heat and humidity, will be upon us and we will be cursing about the heat instead of the cold 🙂

Happy Spring!

Enjoy it while it lasts….

Weekend Wanderings

The downside of living in a touristy town is, one gets to repeatedly revisit the same sights over and over again. But it never seems to tire me…

10In fact, I revisit them on a regular basis… very often 🙂

6either to run, hike or walk…

4There is something to be said about threading the path of giants 🙂

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Enough Already…

After a mercurial introduction to the east coast winter, the last three winters have been mild at best.  Maybe that is the culprit, since I have come to expect mild winters. Truth be told, I haven’t needed to shovel the past three winters. The cold was tolerable, which is evident from the fact that one of my pipe that is prone to freezing, didn’t give any problems. That is until this winter.

Had two rounds of shoveling already…. Not 2 ft., but still enough inches to warrant shoveling. And the cold…. bitter. My vocabulary of weather terms is richer this winter than any other winter or year for that matter.

But Spring is imminent… close at hand I suspect.

My Amaryllis is already abloom… a precursor to Spring


My Orchids are blooming…

photo2Spring is around the corner… barely a month away.

March means, Cherry Blossoms, Spring and soon to follow Summer!

Maybe Phil said 6 more weeks, but enough already! I am ready for Spring 🙂

Fall in DC…

Not if the earth looked like this, he thought
Not if he could hear the hope and the promise like a voice, with leaves, tree trunks and rocks instead of words.
But he knew that the earth looked like this only because he had seen no sign of men for hours; he was alone…

— The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand

Attachments_20131119(2)1 Leaves are falling…
The air is chilly
Tourists are scarce…
Best time for a quiet walk around the tidal basin!



1. a wistful desire to return in thought or in fact to a former time in one’s life, to one’s home or homeland, or to one’s family and friends; a sentimental yearning for the happiness of a former place or time: a nostalgia for his college days.
2. something that elicits or displays nostalgia.
It can be the lost childhood of the 70’s or
the memories of dancing to the 80’s tunes of ABBA or
the Beegees… or
the seriousness of the Beatles or
the adolescence of the 90s or
the maturity of the 2000’s.

Slipping through my fingers is one such example. As is Logging Memories IIV

Life’s hardest lesson is knowing we can never bring back or re-live lost memories. What is past is past.

For now, there is only the present and the future. That we cling to the past is indubitable. The people and the memories make them unforgettable.

And the future is uncertain.
But a life well lived, need not fear, neither the past, nor the future.
It is the present that matters and how well we live it.
And the future, we need not worry. It is what we make of it!