July 29th, 2011

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Glad to see LJ back...and Missouri Conservationist

Apparently the DDOS attack this time was particularly vicious, so it felt good, when I opened up LJ just now, to have my favourite blog back! LJ people, thanks for the work you've put in to stave off the attack.

I've already made some posts in WordPress, and will now be posting them here, too, but the latest nice news is that my letter has been published in the Missouri Conservationist...


This is an excellent magazine, with superb articles and photos, that appears monthly. In St.Louis I have subscribed to this magazine, and wrote to them about my appreciation. and they printed the letter!

you can click here to see it

One day, one of my photographs will also get published there.... :)))
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The Dreamcatcher

In my cousin's car, I found a decoration that I was curious about:

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When I asked him about it, he told me that it was an Indian dreamcatcher. That intrigued me, and just now (to avoid the work of unpacking or sorting mail etc) I googled for it, and got

The Wiki entry about the Dreamcatcher

How lovely is the thought that hanging one above the bed of a child will "catch" the nightmares and prevent the child from being distressed by them! Here's the quotation from American ethnographer

Frances Densmore :

"It was said that they "caught any harm that might be in the air as a spider's web catches and holds whatever comes in contact with it."

I wish I could have a Realitycatcher over my bed....I'd be spared a lot of harmful, not-nice reality that I don't want to face! The taxes that I must file, the death of a neighbour, bad health...oh, the Realitycatcher would be saturated soon, I suppose. :)
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Clouds....and colours

As we flew from Chennai to Bangalore, we almost immediately hit the rain-bearing monsoon clouds....first they were fluffy cotton wool fleecy:

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Then they started turning dark, with ice at their tips:



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Soon the frozen water made prismatic effects as the sun hit it:


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There are some disadvantages to a window seat, particularly when you have to cross two people to get to the toilet...but equally, there are some major pluses to be in it, and watch the wonders of Nature and our Earth outside!