16 September, 2009

India Festival

On the 12th of September, 2009 I went to the 23rd Annual India Festival at the Krishna Temple, located in Spanish Fork, Utah.

The festival is set around the main event, the pageant of the epic Ramayana and the burning of a 20’ high ten-headed demon named Ravana. Multi-course meals were served of Indian curry with home made cheese (paneer), blueberry hallava (which I thought was quite tasty!), spicy Bengali rice, and giant lentil chips (papadams).

The Krishna Temple.
The 20 ft. high effigy of Ravana in day light.
Through out the entire evening, there were dancers in beautiful costumes performing on the stage.
Sri Surya Sidharthan performing.
Me in my beautiful sari on the second story of the temple.
The 20 ft. high effigy of Ravana at night in front of the Koi pond.
The Krishna Temple at night.
The Krishna Temple at night.

Pageant of the Ramayana.
Ravana is burned by flaming arrows, but I left before the exciting part. Here is a picture of it though.

09 September, 2009

The ordinary contains the extraordinary in it

Haiku by Basho:

When I look carefully,
I see the nazunia blooming
by the hedge!

“The nazunia is a common flower--grows by itself by the side of the road, a grass flower. It is so common that nobody ever looks at it. It is not a precious rose, it is not a rare lotus. It is easy to see the beauty of a rare lotus floating on a lake--a blue lotus, how can you avoid seeing it? For a moment you are bound to be caught by its beauty. Or a beautiful rose dancing in the wind, in the sun… for a split second it possesses you. It is stunning. But a nazunia is an ordinary, common flower. It needs no gardening, no gardener; it grows by itself anywhere. To see a nazunia carefully a meditator is needed, a delicate consciousness is needed; otherwise you will pass it by. It has no apparent beauty, its beauty is deep. Its beauty is that of the ordinary, but ordinary contains the extraordinary in it--even the nazunia. Unless you penetrate it with a sympathetic heart, you will miss it.”

Here are some pictures of Utah's ordinary wildflowers, which I think are extraordinary!

Notice the hornet hiding inside the flower.

Cascade Springs

08 August, 2009

Timpanogos Falls #052 & Mt. Timpanogos Hike

8th of August, 2009 I hiked up to Timpanogos Falls and further up Mt. Timpanogos, with my sidekick, Charlie Brown.

“Description: This hike goes to a scenic waterfall on the east side of Mt Timpanogos. It is an easy hike up a wide and well-maintained trail.

The hike follows the Mt Timpanogos Trail - the same trail that runs from Aspen Grove to the mountain's summit. Several waterfalls can be seen along the trail. This is the first, and perhaps the most scenic. Hike to the waterfall and then return the way you came. Or continue as far as you want - it is a big mountain with virtually unlimited space to explore.”
- http://www.utah.com/thingtodo26970.htm

This was definitely the most scenic, beautiful (and wet) hike I’ve been on so far. Streams cross the trail in many places with an array of wild flowers in bloom everywhere. It had spectacular views, and all the way up the mountain, waterfalls can be seen.

And off we go!

Taking a break under some trees.
I love Indian Paintbrush!
Charlie Brown getting his picture taken in front of the first falls.

Looking behind me.
Looking up above me.

Closer to the clouds.

Up close and personal with the glaciers.

I made myself a goal to make it up to one of the higher waterfalls and then turn around. The waterfall I made it to was next to several glaciers and it got quite chilly. My light jacket didn’t feel like it would have been enough to keep me warm if I had ventured any further.

Hornets nest
Hornets making the nest

I would like to try this hike again in the fall when all the leaves have changed color. Maybe even make it up to the summit next time!