Here are some flowers that I came across during my visit in Hawaii.
While camping, we went to watch Fireworks at Lake Arrowhead. I didn’t have a tripod but was able to put camera on the ground and take some photos. Don’t these photos look like photographs of colorful flowers?
Before I took photos of fireworks, I had put up these tips on my other blog: Fireworks photography tips
Yesterday I got a new Fujifilm X-S1 camera and this morning, I went on my favorite local hike- Mt McCoy in Simi Valley. Thank god I decided to hike today with a camera. I used Macro mode and took photos of nice flowers. Few weeks ago, when I took photos of flowers, most flowers were pink but this time the flowers were purple. Enjoy some beautiful flowers. You can download full resolution photos too or post them on Facebook or any website. These are great wild flowers gifted my nature at this time in most places around the world.
There is a perfect start pattern in the flower above. When in elementary school, probably every one of us tried to draw a star like this without lifting pen/pencil.
In Taj Mahal and Agra fort, there is very nice work in marble. What you see in picture above is different colored (mostly marble of different type) chipped in to white marble to create beautiful flower patterns. This was done around 350 years ago. The photo above is taken inside Taj Mahal.
The photo below is also taken inside Taj Mahal. Near Mumtaz’s tomb.
Another photo inside Taj Mahal
The photo below is from Agra Fort, near Taj Mahal, India. This fort is also a must-see attraction in Agra.
In 1631, Shah Jahan, emperor during the Mughal empire‘s period of greatest prosperity, was grief-stricken when his third wife, Mumtaz Mahal, a Persian princess, died during the birth of their 14th child, Gauhara Begum. Construction of the Taj Mahal began in 1632. The court chronicles of Shah Jahan’s grief illustrate the love story traditionally held as an inspiration for Taj Mahal. The principal mausoleum was completed in 1648 and the surrounding buildings and garden were finished five years later. Emperor Shah Jahan himself described the Taj in these words:
Should guilty seek asylum here,
Like one pardoned, he becomes free from sin.
Should a sinner make his way to this mansion,
All his past sins are to be washed away.
The sight of this mansion creates sorrowing sighs;
And the sun and the moon shed tears from their eyes.
In this world this edifice has been made;
To display thereby the creator’s glory.