Carpe Diem #757 desert


itchy feet
beaver tail prickly pear
welcomes happily

©Ruchi Chopra

Beaver tail prickly pear is a variety of cactus found mainly in Southwestern parts of USA. It is found mostly in the Mojave Desert, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Colorado Deserts, and northwest Mexico. It ranges through the awesome Grand Canyon and Colorado River region to Southern Utah, and in Western Arizona. We visited Arizona (Grand Canyon), Utah, Colorado (Hoover Dam) & other nearby places in year 2013.

Here’s gorgeous Haiku from Jane Reichhold-

in the sand
desert gift

© Jane Reichhold

Wonderful response from our Chèvrefeuille-

my own desert
re-decorating the garden
in bright sunlight

© Chèvrefeuille

To read full episode, please visit this link-Carpe Diem #757 desert



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Walk With Me Day# 87

If you wish to know the divine, feel the wind on your face and the warm sun on your hand.


This post is second in series of our Glenn Penitentiary Reservation Visit. It has over 8 miles of hiking trails with 800 acres+ of green joys waving back at you, with each step you take, you are nearer to fresh breath that you crave in usual humdrum of city’s life.

These snaps are from the Nature’s Center, a great way to learn, discover & marvel in the information that we all usually let pass under the pretext of “not-so-interesting”. Our kids loved the sounds & sights of wildlife at the Interactive Nature Calls exhibits.

I was smitten with the eyes of Coyote 😀 so took one more shot of its eyes close-up. Such a savvy beast! They are members of Dog family & they will eat anything to survive from rabbit to grass to deer to rodents. Coyote can run up to 40 miles an hour. In the fall and winter, they form packs<family packs> for more effective hunting. They are often called as prairie wolves or brush wolves owing to their smaller size than a wolf. Coyote’s intelligence & ability to adapt to any environment has made it a master of survival. At one of our Metro Parks Reservations, we have a Coyote path, where sightings of Coyote is recorded and that Hiking pathway comes with a warning(Do & Don’t when they greet you) mandated by the Metro Parks authority.

About the Black Bear, one of the interesting fact is about the color phrases that range from black, chocolate brown, cinnamon brown, blue-black, and white.  The White-tailed Deer, is Ohio’s largest mammal and a common sight in many neighborhoods. The size of a deer’s rack of antlers is not determined by age, but by diet. If a deer has plenty of food & water, the rack will be large with many points/tines(at least 1” in length). Fascinating! isn’t it?

We had a chance to explore live beehives & bee culture.

Next in the same series, I would be sharing information about Rain Gardens & Recycling wonders. Thanks for “Walking” with me today.

 Visit this link to read the first post in the same series.

Cheers ❤ ❤

COY(O) tête–à–tête

Come forth into the light of things,
Let Nature be your teacher.
~William Wordsworth



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Carpe Diem Tan Renga Challenge #89

The goal of the Tan Renga Challenge is to complete the Tan Renga by writing the second (two lined, 7-7) stanza through associating on the images in the first (three lined) stanza or ‘hokku’.

Here is the ‘hokku’ by Mabson O. Southard
From deep in the spring
clear reflections rise to meet
 falling plum petals
© Mabson O. Southard
Here’s inspiring & sweet response from our  Chèvrefeuille
From deep in the spring
clear reflections rise to meet
falling plum petals                   (Southard)swiftly, swiftly, following Newton
plums falling one by one          (Chèvrefeuille)

My response to this wonderful Hokku-

From deep in the spring
clear reflections rise to meet
 falling plum petals  (Southard)

wafting sweet-scented beads
handpicked unruffled memories (Ruchi Chopra)

Another one-

clumps of fragrant beads like
 sand melting away tirelessly (Ruchi Chopra)

To read full episode, please visit this link-Carpe Diem Tan Renga Challenge #89, Southard’s “from deep in the spring”

Thanks! 🙂 🙂

Tune into Radio Element

Primitive man must have invented instruments & means to appease, “unknown” and to mimic Nature’s music, from Thunderstorms, Lightening, Rains and communicating with each other.

“Curiosity” and “Exposure” can leads to many interesting discoveries, and can surpass even geographical limits and break free from shackles of “unknown”.

Gramophone, Ah! it was a blessing in disguise for all music lovers that paved way to tantalizing world of audio, captivating soul of music in its every bit. 1877, Thomas Elva Edison invented a tin foil “phonograph” followed by Alexander Graham Bell’s “gramophone”.

In early 19th Century, this curiosity leads to creating a machine or a device that could record and playback music and sounds. And, since than, we have been witnessing so many astonishing devices, cheaper and accessible than their predecessors.

The packaging & branding of “sound”, practically, came a long way since than.

With the advent of Internet, in 90’s, the geographical limits were erased and the world was thrown open to the wildest, unharnessed possibilities of Internet.

Since than, we have seen technological development and advancements in every walk of life.

The early traditional radio, tuning to AM/FM days comes long way to next step, contemporary Internet Radio.

About Internet Radio

It got various nicknames, web radio, e-radio, online radio etc.

Basically, IR is an audio tune-up facilitated with the help of Internet.

IR listeners can tune-in to this continuous steaming media, for this reason it cant’ be replayed or paused. This similarity IR share with traditional broadcast media.

IR services are user-friendly and it can be accessed from any part of the world, only pre-requisite being good/suitable Internet connection.

Moreover, users can share/email music available online for free, instantly and the process is easy, unlike traditional radio.

What are my pick as an Internet Radio Listener?

News, talk shows, all genres of music, sports, much more.

One of my dear and wonderful friends, from Blogosphere, Mihran Kalaydijan, who is a constant source of admiration, being a gifted musician and a beautiful soul, has launched Radio Element, recently. I loved his vision about RE, and decided to hop on this crazy bandwagon, to embark on one remarkable journey.

Introducing Radio Element

Radio Element (RE) is a global non-profit media company focused on the intersection of journalism and engagement to affect positive change in people’s lives. We create a more informed, empathetic and connected world by sharing powerful stories, encouraging exploration, connecting people and cultures, and creating opportunities to help people take informed action on stories that inspire them. Its mission is to serve audiences as a distinctive content source for information, insights and cultural experiences essential to living in our diverse, interconnected world.

Radio Element is a multifunctional, multinational company strongly established in the industry of audio broadcasting and entertainment services. It is based in LA, California and operates under a structured organization consisting of various departments and a specialized and dedicated workforce.

What are my pick as a Radio Element Listener?

As a Radio Element listener, you can enthrall yourself into the variety of programs, inspired and created from varied parts of life, from educational, to sport news, from entertainment, to local & international events, interviews and live coverage on various issues.

Our Vision-

Every great step starts with a “vision”. We strive to provide our listeners, qualitative aspect blended with sensitivity to win hearts of netizens, our global community patrons, irrespective of geographical & cultural restraints.

I.C.E., as acronym stands for Information, Communication & Entertainment era, we also strive to give admirable treats to our patrons, English, European, Indian, Middle Eastern and Armenian music.

RE is a full-throttle user-friendly package aimed to provide-

  • Entertainment
  • Experience
  • Exposure &
  • Info-tainment (Information clubbed with Entertainment)

Our Ideas*Ideals

  • RE is “your voice”, we would be a mechanism to voice, share and spread the message of “unity in diversity”. Local communities and netizens throughout the world would now voice & share their opinions through RE.
  • We would be a stimulator to bridge differences, cultural, social & geographical.
  • We welcome on board the variety of audiences, talents and creative minds to tune in the RE experience.
  • Being Multilingual and versatile in its approach, RE could be a Bridge, a connecting link between many cultures & liberal mindsets.
  •  Presenting themes, discussions, and issues suitable to contemporary audiences.
  • “Expose” & “Elevate” the experience of Internet Radio through integrating cultural and sub-cultural concepts, to give user friendly experience.
  • Evoke sense of share*connection with tuning in multicultural fascination and experience it as a touch/enter key away.

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