Monday, July 31, 2006

Sunset at the lake

DB2

I'm not sure how much I'll get to blog this week. I'm in Vienna, Virginia (Washington DC) for a class in IBM DB2. Hopefully I'll get some interesting pictures. I've never been to DC before. I'm hoping to see the Smithsonian, including the Sikh exhibit and get some pictures.

Friday, July 28, 2006

Again on a roll

Same location, a week and a half later, I got several nice pictures in a row.



I got the above three pictures in a row and then later I got the following picture.
At the end of our trek on the 4th of July we got back to the cars as it was almost completely dark. After jumping off the cliffs we were crossing streams in off and on rain as it was almost totally dark. Just when you could see nothing more, we arrived at the cars.

Thursday, July 27, 2006

Inspiration

Without your grace I would be no more, my preserver - Gobinday.
Save me from myself, I beg of you, my liberator - Mukanday.
Already you have given me so much, my generous lord - Udaaray.
And still I ask for more, I know no other, my boundless lord - Apaaray.
Destroy the evil of my intellect, the only destroyer - Hariang.
I have nothing, I am nothing, you are the only creator - Kariang.
How do I call thee? In all names you are the nameless - Nirnaamay.
My desire will only be quenched when I meet you, o desireless - Akaamay.

http://sukhasingh.blogspot.com/2006/07/gobinde-mukande-udare-apare.html

More pictures from the 4th

Standing on a bridge made of logs on our short walk to a nice picnic spot.
Baljeet Kaur and Balwinder Singh, great people.
A view from where we had our picnic. Can you see my brother and another person? There was a nice open field nearby where we played 500 with a frisbee. This game rocks. Unfortunately people usually get hurt in this game since it is every person for themselves and some people (me) like competition and play aggressively. Nobody got hurt too bad.
Where we had our 4th of July picnic.
I've walked past this tree a number of times including two weeks earlier, but this was the first time I saw it. This tree is at the beginning of the trail for the mountain cliff jumping.
To go cliff jumping at the place in the mountains you have to cross the stream like 9 times on the hike.

There's something artistic about this photo. Like people are marching while emerging from the river.
This is near to where we jump.

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Fun on the 4th

On the 4th of July nobody had to go to work. I told people ahead of time that we would do a picnic, though only a few people made a firm commitment to come. We ended up with a pretty good group including at least 4 people who found out that morning and jumped in a car with the rest of us.
Most of the people that went, minus me and I think Sita who was also taking pictures.
This is the Valle Grande, the second largets dormant volcano in the world. You can't tell from this picture, but this space is HUGE, ENORMOUS! It's really a vast area. It was originally a land grant from the King and Queen of Spain. It was owned by the Baca family until President Clinton signed something that made it federal land. In the future it will be open to the public.
Proud to be a Sikh, one of a few shirts like this that Hari and I bought on our first trip to India.
Twins, Gurujot Singh, Prabhu Singh, Hari Jot Singh, Hari Singh.
Can you spot my Pitaji? How many people here can you name from previous blog posts?
Hari Singh and Raveenjiv Singh
Sat Nam Kaur and Harpal Singh.
They don't call it Super Soaker for nothing.
It was raining and it was cold when we set out on our journey to the mountains. We went to a place that is crowded even when it's not a holiday and nobody was there. When we arrived the sun came out and the rest of the day was perfect.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

More friends

This is Sahiba Kaur and Hartaig Singh. Children of Mankanwal Singh and Simran Kaur from New York. They came out for the Khalsa Youth Camp which is held at the solstice site in the mountains above EspaƱola. These two brave kids jumped off the cliffs that we went to in the mountains! I've taken a number of adults there that wouldn't jump, on this trip not everybody jumped but these two did.
This is Simran Kaur and her children up in the Jemez mountains. A group of us went on a picnic and hike on the July 4th holiday.

Monday, July 24, 2006

Friends visiting in the summer

I already posted some pictures of different people that came out for the summer. In continuing with the tribute photos, here are some more.
Captured on film - the first time Jagdeep Kaur Ji and Raveenjiv Singh Ji jumped off a cliff.
This is Raveenjiv Singh Ji from Singapore, he is a really nice guy. He has his own business in Singapore and so he was able to come out for quite a while this summer. He's a really positive guy and so polite, I couldn't imagine him ever hurting anybody. Since he can be shy sometimes, I should probably let the ladies know, he's single.
After swimming at the lake we went to Santa Fe and ate at a restaraunt. Nearby is a famous historic church with this statue of Saint Francis. Here he is showing love to Raveenjiv Singh Ji.

Friday, July 21, 2006

The light


Like those old movies where God Speaks as a light from the sky, this light said (in a deep booming voice) 'Prabhu take a picture of this!'

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Stop for fuel

A new Gas station opened up in the middle of one of the local pueblos. I drive through this pueblo on the way to work everday. It now disturbs traffic and is built right in the middle of a pristine mostly unchanged landscape. It's ugly but the view from the pumps is amazing.
The green part in the middle is the Rio Grande.

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Pictures from a few weeks back

Sada Sat Simran Singh and his wife GuruDas Kaur just after their wedding.
This was an impromptu picture with Jasbir Singh from Singapore. I forget the young lady's name, but I remember she's from Mexico. This was after the wedding.
Simran Singh changing for a performance at the wedding reception.
Kawal Pal Singh from Singapore also getting ready for the dance.
Jasdeep Singh from Singapore getting ready for the dance.
Ram Das Singh getting ready. I caught them all off guard.
Siri Amrit Singh getting ready.
The location of the reception.

Monday, July 17, 2006

cute babies

I figured it's time for another post with cute babies :-)
I forget this baby's name, but she is so cute. She is the daughter of Akal Sahai Singh Ji who is the son of Guru Ganesha Singh Ji. You can see her Pitaji in the background laughing at something. I was probably making some kind of wise crack.
So cute :-)
My niece won't hold still :-) I have to use the action setting to get any pictures of her, but then they turn out dark. I used the regular setting and she was moving. She's not exactly crawling yet, but almost there.
Siri Atma Kaur, another cute kid who I've featured here before.
Ravijit Singh. He looks so much older from this angle, because he looks taller with less baby fat. I was almost lying down when I took this picture.

Sunday, July 16, 2006

Magic


Saturday, July 15, 2006

Portraits

Balwinder Singh Ji and Baljeet Kaur Ji (Sant and Santni :-)
Bhenji Tej Kaur Ji from Vancouver, the day before she received Amrit.
The sunset from that evening.