Thursday Challenge 2

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Yaay ! My Thursday Challenge 2 is out ! He he

THEME : THE BEST OF 2012 (A photo/event you liked best in 2012,…)

We happened to lunch at the Orient Express in Istanbul during one of the arranged tours. These photos were taken using an iPhone during the meal. I cannot say that I thoroughly enjoyed the meal, because I am not much of a food experimenter. But the hubby and son loved the meal. I enjoyed the dessert the best. Even the cake was Orange flavoured. It was the only Turkish meal we had on this trip. The ambience of the place and the history attached to it, makes it a memorable event.

The food was served in these four courses. Accompanied by Bread and Drinks. It was a totally different experience for me because I generally stick to fast food joints while on holiday. Or maybe survive on biscuits and juice. Like I said, I am not much of a Foodie that way.

Turkish Food

Turkish Food

Bread

Bread

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Thursday Challenge 1

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Thursday Challenge 1 is my first post with a Photo Theme for Thursday from this website. 🙂

The Theme for the Week is : GAMES (Chess, Video Games, Card Games, Children’s Games,…)

Big Chess Board

Big Chess Board

This picture was taken during a trip to Oman last year. It was one of the many pictures I clicked on the trip that day. You can read about the trip and the take a look at those pictures here. It was indeed a wonderful view and a peaceful experience.

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Abu Dhabi

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There is a reason for every trip I take to Abu Dhabi. But the aim always remains the same. I have lived the most important 7 years of life there. It was there where I joined my husband after I finished my graduation. It is where I gave birth to my two wonderful kids. It is also the place where memories come rushing in from all directions and leaves me meloncholy.

I did take my DSLR with me this time. But since I now own an iPhone 5, I used it to click all the pictures. The main idea of this evening in Abu Dhabi was to spend Diwali with the husband, who was working out off Abu Dhabi last week. We only managed to drive to the Marina, have dinner and head back to the hotel. So the photographs are limited to these areas.

Abu Dhabi will always hold a special place in my heart. I hope you enjoy these pictures as much as I enjoyed clicking them. 🙂

Abu Dhabi is the capital of the United Arab Emirates. It is more quiet and less crowded than Dubai. Lifestyle in Abu Dhabi too is changing fast with Malls and shopping centres cropping up everywhere.

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Pink Periwinkle

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Pink Periwinkle

Pink Periwinkle

Photos speak a thousand words. More so to the photographer herself/himself. The memories that these bring back need not always be good ones. I agree no one tries to hold on to bad memories. But what about that path in-between. Memories that cannot be classified as good or bad. They are just bitter sweet memories. These Pink Periwinkle flowers are very common here in Dubai. You will see them on road sides and parks in plenty. They smile with a radiance that can make an aching heart smile too. This was clicked somewhere in February/March this year near The Palm using my Canon 550D. On one of my many business outings. Yes, I used to carry my camera with me whereever I went. I was the boss after all. 🙂

Catharanthus roseus (Madagascar Periwinkle) is a species of Catharanthus native and endemic to Madagascar. Synonyms include Vinca rosea (the basionym), Ammocallis rosea, and Lochnera rosea; other English names occasionally used include Cape Periwinkle, Rose Periwinkle, Rosy Periwinkle, and “Old-maid”. Other names include Sadaphuli (Marathi: सदाफुली),Nityhakalyani in Tamil (Tamil: நித்யகல்யாணி பூ).

In the wild, it is an endangered plant; the main cause of decline is habitat destruction by slash and burn agriculture. It is also however widely cultivated and is naturalised in subtropical and tropical areas of the world.

It is an evergreen subshrub or herbaceous plant growing to 1 m tall. The leaves are oval to oblong, 2.5–9 cm long and 1–3.5 cm broad, glossy green, hairless, with a pale midrib and a short petiole 1–1.8 cm long; they are arranged in opposite pairs. The flowers are white to dark pink with a darker red centre, with a basal tube 2.5–3 cm long and a corolla 2–5 cm diameter with five petal-like lobes. The fruit is a pair of follicles 2–4 cm long and 3 mm broad.

Pink Periwinkle Information Courtesy : Wikipedia

Image :©whatmycameracaptures

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Yellow Marigolds

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Yellow Marigolds are the most common flowers I have seen. Here too I have come across a few varieties of these. The ones here generally have a very dry colour and feel to them. I guess the afternoon heat does that to most flowers.

During my morning walk today , I was lucky enough to see plenty of these just blooming. I already have a weakness for the colour yellow and add to it the morning cool breeze and the enchanting smell and I was hooked. As usual I didn’t have my DSLR handy. These were clicked using my iPhone 4. I am sure the other Joggers in the park found it rather funny that I would kneel down to click these. But who cares. I had to freeze that moment for Posterity. So to speak that is.

Yellow Marigolds and slightly orangish ones too are used in Kerala for Pookalam. The most amazing fragrance lingers in the air when these flower carpets are made. Marigolds are the best of the lot. Followed close second by daisies.

I was surprised when I saw these today, and I just had to share!

 

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Spider Lily

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During a trip to Bengaluru (Bangalore), India last year, I had the opportunity and was in the mood of clicking pictures of flowers. This is something that you can easy do in Bangalore, because it is , after all, known as the “Garden City”. But the flowers I captured were not from any common gardens there. Some of them were clicked from Private Gardens of friends and some from the hotels we have stayed in.

This particular photo of the Spider Lily was clicked while we were enjoying a view from the terrace of one of the hotels we were staying in. Yes, there was a beautiful terrace garden with a gazebo too. The odd shape and its tentacles caught my eye. This is the first time I have come across a flower like this and I had to do a bit of “googling” to find out its name.

Spider Lily

Spider Lily

Spider Lily is the common name for a number of different plant species within the family Amaryllidaceae which belong to the following genera:

  • Crinum, a genus of about 180 species of perennial plants found along the sides of streams and lakes in tropical and subtropical areas worldwide, including South Africa
  • Hymenocallis, a genus of plants in the family Amaryllidaceae
  • Lycoris (plant), a genus of 13–20 species of flowering plants in the family Amaryllidaceae, formerly often treated in the family Liliaceae

Spider Lily Information Courtesy : Wikipedia 

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