Symmetry in Nature – What a Wonder?

Symmetry in nature – what a wonder?!

This little plant (in the front yard) caught my attention as I was rushing to pack the kids up in the car to take them to Tamil School today morning. I paused for a second to admire the symmetry and felt compelled to take a picture of it.

Adi gave me a stern look and said: “Amma, You have been nagging us all morning to get ready and get in the car. Now you stand there enjoying that silly little plant and then clicking pictures of it. Get in the car – NOW.”

The most general law in nature is equity-the principle of balance and symmetry which guides the growth of forms along the lines of the greatest structural efficiency. – Herbert Read

I got in the car and then proceeded to give the kids one of my long lectures. The topic was “stop & enjoy the little things in life”.

What little thing did you enjoy today? A leaf, a plant, a fruit, a conversation, a smile, a hug, some hot chai. What was it?

Aloha Hawaii. Mahalo Hawaii.

Aloha Hawaii!

In how many ways and how many little things can I count thy stunning beauty?

How can my lousy photo taking skills and my silly old camera do justice in capturing thy beauty?

Thy lush green gardens,

thy coconut and banana trees,

thy beautiful flowers,

thy jet black lava rocks,

thy numerous birds,

thy breath taking beaches.

Your sights and sounds will stay in my inner mind for ever.

Until we meet again…Mahalo Hawaii.

Aloha Hawaii - 2- Ambal Balakrishnan

Climbing Mt. Whitney in Inyo National Forest

This is what it really takes to climb any mountain (both the real and the metaphorical). Put one foot in front of another. And, repeat.

Adi and Ari are in India with grandparents. So, Kumar and I have been out this summer doing backpacking and seeing all the beauty that CA and OR forests have to offer.

On Monday, July 26 about noon time Kumar and I completed one of our long standing goals of completing the Mt. Whitney Climb.

We ascended the summit from the Whitney Portal trailhead at 8,365 feet and completed the round trip 22-mile hike in 19 hours! We managed to hike it without any altitude sickness(altitude sickness can be dangerous and life-threatening!).  Mt. Whitney is the highest summit in the contiguous United States and the Sierra Nevada, with an elevation of 14,505 feet (4421 m).

2 eyes, 1 lifetime, 1 soul is not enough to enjoy God’s work from 14,500 ft!