Walk with me day#90


“Nature is full of infinite causes that have never occurred in experience.”
~Leonardo da Vinci

German beer √

German music √

German cuisine √

Bratwurst & chicken dance √

A superb chance to peek into the German heritage, that’s what ‘Oktoberfest’ is all about. In Ohio, ‘Oktoberfest’ starts at the end of August and festive spirits concludes in the October month, enthralling residents of Buckeye State. The major celebrations pep up the spirits for about 6 weeks or so in Cleveland, Columbus and Cincinnati.

It’s a tradition to kick-start this world-famous festival with the traditional tapping/celebrity keg tapping of the first barrel of beer.

Traditionally, ‘Oktoberfest’ customs seem more lively and enjoyable with the costumes classic southern Bavarian dress, a dirndl, or low-cut blouse with a laced-up bodice and aproned full skirt for women, and the lederhosen leather shorts with embroidered braces for men. I was left mesmerized with the music, drum beats and bright attire.

‘Not German but Bavarian’ as many would eulogized it, the festival is not quintessentially German, it’s seem to embrace history of all major cities. King Ludwig of Bavaria in 1810 started the Oktoberfest celebration and a horse race to celebrate his marriage to Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen.

Why Chicken Dance?

Composed by accordion player Werner Thomas in Switzerland in 1950s. and became popular when Dutch band De Electronica’s recorded it in 1980. Properly translated as The Duck Dance, there were no duck costumes at the Tulsa Oklahoma ‘Oktoberfest’ when it was introduced to the United States by the Heilbronn Band, so they used chicken costumes instead. Since then its been called as Chicken Dance. Cincinnati Oktoberfest, 2004 holds the record for the World’s Largest Chicken Dance.

Bavarian Shopping Village with exciting items for sale like earthenware beer steins, German merchandise, paintings and jewelry gives us a sneak peek about German culture. There was this witty and awesome guy who was keeping kids of all ages amused with his balloon art. Our younger one specifically told him, “I wanna have one Pink Octopus” 😀 & elder one went with a Teddy Bear. We tried beer, funnel cakes, native ice-creams flavors & bought home-made cakes, chocolates, gifts, jewelries. Lots of fun, live music, German food, microbrew competition, wiener dog races and Paulaner beer. It’s not-to-be-missed thing when you are around Cleveland. We had a great time. You’ll enjoy these heart-warming sneak peek ❤ ❤ 

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EARTHENWARE BEER STEIN ❤
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CHEERS ❤
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TRADITION
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LIVE MUSIC ❤
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WALK WITH ME ❤
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CHEERS! MY HANDSOME HUNK ❤

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Nature holds the key to our aesthetic, intellectual, cognitive and even spiritual satisfaction.

~E. O. Wilson

#WALKING IS A STRESS BUSTER#

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World Photography Day# News


August 19th, 2015

Photography…passion, love, joy, stories, inspiration, smiles, cheers, creations, creative, eyes, lens, life, moments, spirit memories…these words define photography for me. ❤

“When magnetism of heart captivates a moment, it becomes a memory, to rejoice forever.”

~Ruchi Chopra

We all as an Amateur, Hobbyist and Professional photographers aren’t less than any storytellers. Photographs are livid moment eternalize as a memory. As the saying goes a picture is worth a thousands words.

Photography Day is all about applauding/rejoicing/ creating memories, sharing your passion, your stories, listening others memoirs/stories/visions/creations, to learn & to grow. Thankfully, today we all have online galleries, plethora of websites/webpages/blog/links to create & share our mutual passion/hobby/art/vision with the world.

So, when the whole world is celebrating World Photography Day today, what a better day it would be to share one impending/Cheerful/excited news with you all.

I have participated in the 29th Annual Amateur Photography Contest & Show-2015, Glenn Penitentiary Nature Center, Ohio, USA. My selected photographs were on Nature/Landscape/Flowers/Lake Erie shoreline categories.
It’s a wonderful feeling to share place with other amateur photographers in a 2 months (July-August) long show. It’s also a learning step for me to follow my passion & hobby Photography. Though these selected photographs didn’t win any prizes, but it’s definitely a huge learning step for me. Sharing this joyous news with you all gives me immense happiness as you all have been my constant source of inspiration for “Walk With Me” series & I am thankful to our virtual blogosphere.

Cheers ❤ ❤

Exhibit photographs- 

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Carpe Diem #794 Hymn to the Aten (CD Distillation)


My haiku is distilled from the lines mentioned below, from The Great Hymn to Aten.

from your divine grace

O merciful Creator

sprout fountain of life

©Ruchi Chopra

The Great Hymn to Aten

Your rays nurse all fields,
When you shine they live, they grow for you;
You made the seasons to foster all that you made,
Winter to cool them, heat that they taste you.
You made the far sky to shine therein,
To behold all that you made;
You alone, shining in your form of living Aten,
Risen, radiant, distant, near.
You made millions of forms from yourself alone,
Towns, villages, fields, the river’s course;
All eyes observe you upon them,
For you are the Aten of daytime on high.

Please visit this link to read full episode on CDHK,-Carpe Diem #794 Hymn to the Aten (CD Distillation)

Walk with me# day 89


Trees are the earth’s endless effort to speak to the listening heaven.

~Rabindranath Tagore

It’s been a while that I shared “Walk with Me” series with you all. Today, I am sharing few photographs of  Trees- different perceptions, different moods of Trees. I captured these “trees-moods” during my walk@ Stoney Brook stream, Glen Penitentiary Reservation, Kent wood, Ohio. It’s about 34 miles from my residential city, amazing place, worth the long-drive to walk/hike its beautiful trails.

Stoney Brook is a permanent stream designated as a cold water habitat. The surrounding valley support populations of native cold water fish, birds, amphibians and plants etc. If one gets lucky, one can spot Dark-eyed Junco, Louisiana Water thrush, Northern red salamander, two lined salamander & Black nosed dace.

We hiked around 2.83 miles, to reach gorge. The access to the George is restricted due to its steep walls, unpaved path & preserving Eco-system. Enjoy the Walk. ❤ ❤

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TREE GRAFFITI
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SOMBRE MOOD
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ROOTS
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 MY SOLITUDE
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PATHWAY
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YESTERYEAR MUSINGS
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SUBSISTENCE
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LUSH GREEN NECKLACE
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STONEY BROOK GEORGE

To such an extent does nature delight and abound in variety that among her trees there is not one plant to be found which is exactly like another; and not only among the plants, but among the boughs, the leaves and the fruits, you will not find one which is exactly similar to another.

~Leonardo da Vinci

#WALKING IS A STRESS BUSTER#

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