Cover Art

For this week’s Word Press Photo Challenge, stimulate your creative process and imagine which of your images you would like to see gracing the cover of a book, an album, or a magazine. If your cover art is for a book, is the book fiction or non-fiction?

 

CanadaNationalParksModI hope you enjoy my cover art for my imaginary book, “A Travel Guide to Canada”.  This cover photo reminds me of the song from the movie “Lion King”, “there is more to see, than can ever be seen and more to do than can ever be done”. Have fun checking out how many places you have visited in Canada!

Picture Courtesy: My daughter’s favorite T-shirt. (Of course published here with her permission) 🙂

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Relic of a time gone by: Khajuraho group of monuments.

 

Relic: something from a past time, place or culture.

I visited Khajuraho group of monuments, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, in 2007.

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The temples at Khajuraho were built during the Chandella dynasty, which reached its pinnacle between 950 and 1050. Only about 20 temples remain. They strike a perfect balance between architecture and sculpture.

 A common misconception is that, since the old structures with carvings in Khajuraho are temples, the carvings depict sex between deities.

Some 10% of the carvings contain sexual themes and those reportedly do not depict deities but rather sexual activities between people. A common misconception is that, since the old structures with carvings in Khajuraho are temples, the carvings depict sex between deities.

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Carvings depicting animals such as elephants, monkeys, dragons, lions, boar and others.

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The Khajuraho temples were built over a span of 200 years, from 950 to 1150.

DSCN3184DSCN3194 DSCN3191DSCN3167 Greatly influenced by the Tantric school of thought, the Chandela kings promoted various Tantric doctrines through royal monuments, including temples. Sculptors of Khajuraho depicted all aspects of life. The society of the time believed in dealing frankly and openly with all aspects of life, including sex. In accordance with ancient treatises on architecture, erotic depictions were reserved for specific parts of the temples only. The rest of the temple was profusely covered with other aspects of life, secular and spiritual.

Sources:
http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/240
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Khajuraho_Group_of_Monuments

 

Contrasts

We traveled to Egypt in October 2009 and visited the great Giza Plateau.

At that time, the tourists arrived in cars, buses and vans which assembled in the parking lot. From here on, we had to choose an entirely contrasting means of transportation : our quadruped friends, who helped us slow down to appreciate the most ancient, substantial and mysterious structure in the world: The Great Pyramids of Giza.

 

I was not feeling very brave to ride the camel in the hot afternoon sun.

I was not feeling brave enough to ride the camel in the hot afternoon sun.

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This horse pulled cart looked inviting.

  Off we go! Thanks Pam, (my sister) for taking this shot.


Off we go! Thanks Pam, (my sister) for taking this shot.

 

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Contrasts: This week, in a post created specifically for this challenge, share your own photo showing a CONTRAST.

 

Chicle/ Chewing gum

Today after dinner, my husband said that his friend at work, Rick, got him some “original” chewing gum from an area near Campeche, Mexico. It is called chicle.

Rick was very kind to give him a little extra to bring some home to the family. I expected to see something packaged like Wrigley’s chewing gum, maybe with Spanish words on it.

However, it looked like this:

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The real gum looks like a large block of taffy.

I cut a small sliver and have been chewing gum for the last fifteen minutes.

I cut a small sliver and have been chewing gum for the last twenty minutes.

What does this gum taste like, you ask?
My answer: it is much like describing what water tastes like; it has no taste of its own. Chicle is neither minty nor sweet, but it still freshened my breath. It is uncorrupted, it is pure, much like what the ancient Maya used to eat.

I am glad Rick got us a piece of the real chewing gum- a taste we would not have ever known. Thank you, Rick!

Did you know, most chewing gum companies have switched from using chicle to butadiene-based synthetic rubber, which is cheaper to manufacture. The only U.S. gum company still using chicle is Glee Gum.
Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chicle

I have never tried Glee gum. Have you? What is you favorite gum brand and flavor? I would love to hear from you in the comments below.

My husband got me flower pots for our 20th Anniversary

August 7th 2013. We have been married for twenty years today.

It is hard to buy Anniversary presents as you get older,

With mundane chores and jobs, you crave to spend time with each other.

I’ve allergies to most flowers that smell and the hallmark cards just sit once they are read.

He wasn’t talking about the usual stuff, so I listened intently when my husband said,

“For our twentieth anniversary, I have the gift of some flower pots for you.

But, for this we will have to walk on the ocean floor our daughter, me and you”.

I was delighted for it was something he never bought me, “Flower pots” beyond my imagination and now for all to see.

Hope all of you enjoy this gift he got me, flower pots so magnificent, nature’s epiphany!

Happy Anniversary Honey! I love you!

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Lover’s Arch at Low tide at Hopewell Rocks. The Hopewell Rocks, also called the Flowerpot Rocks or simply The Rocks, are rock formations caused by tidal erosion in The Hopewell Rocks Ocean Tidal Exploration Site in New Brunswick. They stand between 40-70 feet tall.

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Lover’s Arch upclose.

This miscellaneous rock has appeared on the ocean floor mysteriously according to our tour guide.

This miscellaneous rock has appeared on the ocean floor mysteriously according to our tour guide.

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More flower pots

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An Awesome view!

Can you see the resemblance of an anteater?

Can you see the resemblance of an anteater in this rock?

Do you spot a baby elephant in these rocks?

Do you spot a baby elephant in these rocks?

Side profile of a rock. Do you think this resembles Jay Leno?

Side profile of a rock. Do you think this resembles Jay Leno?

Rocks covered with seaweed, moss and algae

Rocks covered with seaweed, moss and algae

Bulbous algae lining the rocks on the ocean floor.

Bulbous algae lining the rocks on the ocean floor.

Muddy ocean floor.

Muddy ocean floor.

The muddy ocean floor. Not a place for flip flops. Good place to dye your shoes brown. We left our shoe prints and took lots of pictures.

The muddy ocean floor. Not a place for flip flops. Good place to dye your shoes brown. We left our shoe prints and took lots of pictures.

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High tide at Hopewell Rocks. On a good weather day folks can kayak around these flowerpots

The bear becomes more visible at high tide.

The bear becomes more visible at high tide.

Submerged Lover's Arch at high tide.

Submerged Lover’s Arch at high tide.