Thursday, January 31, 2013

Beautiful Sounds and Sights!

India Art Journal Oct 22 2012 by Meera Rao

Almost every morning I woke up to various birds singing their hearts out. I really enjoyed just laying on the bed  listening to the songs -- I  didn't need the alarm at all! It took me a while to locate the Indian cuckoo or koyal  in the tree by the bedroom window and catch a glimpse of him with my camera's zoom lens! I didn't know till then how striking the red eye was! Waking up to the birds is one thing I miss here in the US during the winter months.  Here is a link to the cuckoo singing I found on You Tube - enjoy the music! and one more 

India Art Journal Oct 24 2012 by Meera Rao

The bottlebrush tree gets its name from the bright red 'bottle brush' like flowers that hang pendulum like from the tree.  When the tree is full of blooms its a wonderful sight ! The tree in front of my brother's house was filled with the blooms in only a couple of days with very little green showing :)

India Art Journal Oct 23 2012 by Meera Rao

We celebrated 'navaratri' the festival of goddesses for nine days during the last few days of my stay in India.  On one of the days, 'aayudha puja' day all equipment, vehicles, musical instruments, tools, writing/painting implements, gas station pumps, even computers,  are all decorated, honored and thanked for their service to us during the rest of the year. I loved how this ambulance was all decorated with banana leaves and yet ready to take off at a minute's notice. 


India Art Journal Oct 25 2012 by Meera Rao

There is a swing in the balcony that is a favorite place to sit, read, chat or just watch the world go by :)  Swinging slows down the time, and makes one appreciate the beauty of the bottle brush, the birds and squirrels on its branches etc and  meditate about life. 

India Art Journal Oct 22-25 2012 by Meera Rao

12 comments:

Carol Blackburn said...

Precious snipits of your world. Thanks for sharing Meera. Have a wonderful weekend.

Introverted Art said...

amazing, I love your watercolors of the streets...

Meera Rao said...

Thank you Carol! The best part of my journaling has been the sharing too :)

Meera Rao said...

Ana, thank you so very much for your appreciation! I loved sketching the street scenes :)

padmaja said...

The koel painting is fabulous Meera, I can hear the kuhooooo! Oh, the ambulance decorated... Have never seen that before, hope it didn't have to pick up anyone, all decked up!

Meera Rao said...

Thank you, Padmaja:) I wish I could have sketched all the different vehicles and 'things' that were decorated that day!

Katherine Thomas said...

I love how you put pieces side by side that seem unrelated, but together they convey the distinct personality of that place at that time... it's wonderful the way you do that!

Meera Rao said...

Katherine, Thank you! I am tickled you think that -especially because I never planned what goes on each page and am as surprised as you each time when I blog how there is a still a connection among the four vignettes! appreciate your comment very much.

Krishna said...

bird's painting is beautiful than others

thanks

Meera Rao said...

Thank you Krishna, I am pretty pleased with it too :)

Thaikaden said...

Excellent work.

Meera Rao said...

thank you @Thaikaden :) good to hear from you again!

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