Heavenly Blues

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“And you see the earth barren, but when We send down upon it rain, it quivers and swells and grows [something] of every beautiful kind” (Quran 22:5).

morning gloryMy original post about morning glories is here. Wanted to share this beautiful bloom in honor of earth day! I miss this vine and will replant this soon; currently, awaiting sunflowers.

 

Leena’s Family Photoshoot

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“A family can develop only with a loving woman as its center.” ~ Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

IMG_6363-2Here’s Leena’s family photoshoot! This family was so much to photograph, especially at play! I don’t know how they did it, but I told them to just play for a couple of minutes and they formed a cozy circle around Leena, which made for a pleasing photo. This location was randomly found in a park, but the park was acting a bit too sunny at that time, so was glad we got this in a small patch of shady light. I also love photographing families with multiple children as sibling-interacting-photos are precious.

I have a couple more photoshoots this weekend, so will be sharing more later!

 

The Possibiilties of a Bumblebee

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Tout d’abord poussé par ce qui se fait en aviation, j’ai appliqué aux insectes les lois de la résistance de l’air, et je suis arrivé avec M. Sainte-Laguë à cette conclusion que leur vol est impossible.” ~ Le vol des insectes by French entomologist Antoine Magnan (1881–1938)

 

This translates to:

 

“First prompted by what is done in aviation, I applied the laws of air resistance to insects, and I arrived, with Mr. Sainte-Laguë, at this conclusion that their (bee) flight is impossible.”

basically meaning…

“Aerodynamically, the bumble bee shouldn’t be able to fly, but the bumble bee doesn’t know it so it goes on flying anyway.” ~ Mary Kay Ash

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Capturing the bumble bee took a few tries as it was flying very quickly, and was having a hard time capturing him in motion, as it was such as small target, but was happy to capture the above 2 images. I had to increase the camera’s shutterspeed, and wait for it to come closer, and at one moment it loomed above me for a quick second so caught it!

More bumblebee inspiration below!
16:68

And your Lord inspired to the bee, “Take for yourself among the mountains, houses, and among the trees and [in] that which they construct.
16:69

Then eat from all the fruits and follow the ways of your Lord laid down [for you].” There emerges from their bellies a drink, varying in colors, in which there is healing for people. Indeed in that is a sign for a people who give thought. ~ (Quran 16:68-69).

the L word

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I’ve always had a problem with it. I’ve always had too much of it and often gotten in trouble for having too much of it.

In 4th grade, my teacher would call me ‘Forty Bags‘ because I had too much stuff.

On my pilgrimage to Hajj, my brother couldn’t believe how much I had packed and made me leave stuff en route, refusing to help me carry all my belongings till I lightened up.

And on my honeymoon, my husband naively thought I’d have just a carry-on-bag, but rather I had a huge bag that I needed to check in, which in turn made us later than we already were, and made us miss a flight!

 

Luggage.

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I admire those who travel light, who pack light, and who can adeptly pick up their bags and swing it lightly off the baggage carousel. I admire those who make packing look like an art, who arrange a suitcase like a game of Tetris. While those in airports may admire those with trim figures, I’m admiring the trim suitcases.

You see I used to travel often, when it was just me. I was wise with the ways of suitcases.

I would travel to Karachi every chance I got, imbibe the balmy air,  sit with grandparents, melt and mold with cousins. I would escape to the beach, jettison off to the tailor after buying colored lawn cotton and sparkly laces, and sneak in kabab rolls and roasted bhuttas (corns).

But now my life is different, blander, simpler. I own different luggage. I have a 1 year old, a 3 year old, and a 29 year old husband.

Now I don’t get the opportunity To schlep off to Pakistan. I shy away from it as travelling internationally   with 2 little children both 3 and under is hard hard work. I have done it with Z twice, made some amazing memories, so I know it is doable, but haven’t yet with baby A.

Now my travels are domestically in the U.S. – now I and fold and refold little clothes into impossibly small squares, and squish, and squash.

 

You see, I am 1+1+1+1.

Alhumdulillah. 

Luggage.

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Lessons from an Albatross

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Think 100 times before you take a decision, But once that decision is taken, stand by it as one man.
~Muhammad Ali Jinnah

I don’t know if I’m a big animal person, like others, but lately I can’t help being amazed by the beauty of some animals and their characteristics that tell a tale.  The Wandering Albatross has the largest wingspan of any bird in the world and is known for its superior gliding. Aerospace engineers study these birds and even model planes after them. These birds thrive with wind and waves. The TV show Planet Earth beautifully documents these animals with stunning filmography  and personalizes them.

Like the albatross who waits at a cliff for up to 5 weeks, Should I jump? Should I not jump? Should I jump? Should I not jump? before finally getting a huge gust of wind and a huge gust of courage, and then letting go. The albatross, once he takes off, soars beautifully and his feet won’t touch land for up to five years. Ocean he may touch,  but land-be-gone.

The albatross touched me. I’m a poor decision maker sometimes. I can mull over things for too long. But what I love about the albatross is once he’s off, he seems to soar.

Without Regrets.

Photocredit: Wikipedia and more facts about this bird here.

 

Do they not see the birds above them with wings outspread and [sometimes] folded in? None holds them [aloft] except the Most Merciful. Indeed He is, of all things, Seeing. (Quran 67:19).