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Remembering the Forests

A Fairy tale entrance

A Fairy tale entrance

I came across an interesting site(http://www.visitpittsburgh.com/events-festivals/pgh200/events/) while browsing through the internet. I realized 2016 is an important year for Pittsburgh as its the 200th year of the city. One of the events on this occasion was the Butterfly Forest at the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. It seemed so unique that I called up my friends and we planned to go there next Sunday. It was a hot day, still we managed to start by 11:30 am. As it was a Sunday, traffic was comparatively less.

We reached within 40 minutes. As soon as we entered we were mesmerized by the decoration of flowers and trees in different sections of the Gardens. The royal gardens made us feel regal, the tropical gardens made us sweat, the sunken garden soothed us with its fountains and hanging flowers, the Japanese courtyard garden filled us with awe by its beautiful bonsai, the desert garden reminded us of the harshness of life with its cactus and the list goes on. I had never seen so many colors in my life. We were enchanted by the flowers in the Orchid gardens. Each flower was unique but its beauty became even more prominent when it was placed with all other elements of the garden, namely the leaves, branches and trees.
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Harshness of Life

Harshness of Life

A Chair of flowers

A Chair of flowers

Beautiful Mediterranean garden

Beautiful Mediterranean garden

As if this was not enough, we came across the Butterfly Forest. As soon as we entered, I felt as if I was in some magic land. There were so many butterflies. Each had its unique identity. One of them even opened its wings while I was taking pictures. We had to keep looking on all sides as every time a differently patterned butterfly rose from somewhere or other.

A butterfly posing for my camera

A butterfly posing for my camera

This whole trip just emphasized how important it is to maintain the forest. All this beauty will perish if we do not conserve forests. I was glad we visited the gardens in 2016. We even visited the souvenir shop which had eco friendly things for visitors. So the next time you are in Pittsburgh, make sure you visit the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens.

Lamp in the middle of garden

Lamp in the middle of garden

Recreating your life

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This year I visited the Botanical Garden in Washington D.C in the last week of 2014. As soon as one entered, he/she was greeted with models of different monuments. Each more beautiful than the other. One would wonder why create models of monuments which can be seen if one just walks out of the Garden. On closer look, you will see each monument was surrounded by trees.

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Thus the existing monuments were given a very different Eco-friendly image. The artist had tried to recreate each monument differently without changing its authenticity. It made us all think, the world would be so different if it were so green.

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This reminded me of resolutions. Every year we make resolutions and end up breaking them. We keep saying its the same story. Can’t we take inspiration from these images. Just as the artist had surrounded each building with trees, can we surround our resolutions with positivism and determination. Although its the same story can’t we give it a different ending this year. Will it not be great if our same old story too will have a different twist. Of course it will be difficult but think of the results. At the end of the year our life too will be different just like these images.

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Have you every thought how it would feel on 31st December, if you complete at least one resolution. With the new year just started, let us make it a point to stick to at least one resolution. Let us recreate our life and give it a new meaning. Each of us has only one life. Let us give it our best.

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HAPPY NEW YEAR….