Sunday, August 14, 2016

Ornamental Fountain Grass, Green Bay, WI

Noticed this Ornamental Fountain Grass in my office campus, when I was waiting on the busstop to go home. This decorative grass is normally planted as a hedge or amongst other flower plants to give a nice structure. 
It was a breezy evening, the soft wind waves were adding beauty to the scene, and I instantly felt like clicking it. 😊 
Green Bay, WI 
Summer Memories 
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Friday, August 12, 2016

Mt. Rushmore National Memorial, Keystone, SD

This is Mount Rushmore National Memorial at Keystone. It is situated in the Black Hills region of the Pennington county of South Dakota state.
This is a gigantic sculpture carved in the granite rock of a mountain. It features faces of four significant and historic presidents of the US - George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln.
It was carved by two sculptors, Gutzon Borglum and his son Lincoln Borglum.
Now, the obvious question arises, from where did the name Mount Rushmore come? This memorial was named so because, the mountain was at that time known as Mount Rushmore after a New York based lawyer Charles Rushmore. In 1885, he was investigating some mining claims in the Black Hills region. During that time, he visited and hiked these mountains many times every year. That's how people around him, along with the locals started calling this mountain after his name and it was recognized so in the official records too. Before this official name the mountain was known locally as Slaughterhouse mountain or Keystone cliffs. Later, when the sculptors chose this mountain for carving the heads of four famous presidents, Charles Rushmore donated 5000 dollars for the cause.
Isn't it an interesting name story?
Grand view Pavillion 
Along with the memorial, we also visited a huge pavilion built in front of it to give the perfect views, a sculptors museum, where the original models and ideas are preserved.
Avenue of Flags 
One more nice attraction we liked was the Avenue of Flags, after entering through the huge gateway while going towards the memorial, flags of all the US states line the path. The site also consists of many hiking trails around the mountains.
Memorial from the Avenue of Flags 
This memorial project was originally planned in ordered to increase tourism in the Black Hills region. This concept was accomplished and it became a great success as millions of tourists visit here every year.
We visited this memorial in summer, which is the most appropriate time to be there.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Pavagadh valley and rope-way, Gujarat

A breathtaking experience of rope way ride at Pavagadh valley, while going towards the famous Pavagadh Mahakali temple. That rope way ride gives such amazing views of the mountains, greenery and the valley.
Even after reaching the top point of rope way, we have to climb the stairs made up of stone, to reach the actual temple. And this is a real cardio workout in itself, as the stairs are very steep. However, once we reach at the top, besides the divine feeling of offering prayers to Mahakali mata, we get to see magnificent views of the temple premises as well as the natural beauty of that place.
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Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Tree shade time, Green Bay, WI

Alone with myself, the trees bend to caress me, the shade hugs my heart ! - Candy Polgar

* Summer Memory - A cool tree shade time at office campus, while taking a short lunch break walk on a bright afternoon at Green Bay, Wisconsin.
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