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India Gate 2015 {India}

At the center of New Delhi stands the 42 m high India Gate, an “Arc-de-Triomphe” like archway in the middle of a crossroad.

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Almost similar to its French counterpart, it commemorates the 70,000 Indian soldiers who lost their lives fighting for the British Army during the World War I. The memorial bears the names of more than 13,516 British and Indian soldiers killed in the Northwestern Frontier in the Afghan war of 1919.

The Bahá’í House known as the Lotus Temple in New Delhi, India

Once we landed and got a full nights rest in India. We were off to The Bahá’í House of Worship also called The Lotus Temple in New Delhi, India.

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Since its inauguration to public worship and visits in December 1986, the Bahá’í House of Worship in New Delhi, India has drawn to its portals more than 70 million visitors, making it one of the most visited edifices in the world. On an average, 8,000 to 10,000 people visit the Bahá’í House of Worship each day. These visitors have admired its universal design in the form of a lotus and have been fascinated by the Teachings of the Bahá’í Faith, especially its tenets of the Oneness of God, the Oneness of Religions, and the Oneness of Mankind.

The Architect Fariborz Sahba, a Canadian citizen, was born in 1948 in Iran. He received a master’s degree in architecture in 1972 from the Faculty of Fine Arts at Tehran University.

In 1976, the international governing body of the Bahá’í community selected Mr. Sahba to design the Bahá’í House of Worship for the Indian subcontinent in New Delhi, India. This project, on which he worked for 10 years as the architect and project manager, was described by Canadian architect Arthur Erickson as “one of the most remarkable achievements of our time, proving that the drive and vision of spirit can achieve miracles.” With over 3.5 million visitors a year, this building, commonly known as the “Lotus of Bahapur,” is one of the most visited sites in the world.

In 1987, Mr. Sahba was assigned by the Bahá’í World Centre the task of designing 18 terraces as a majestic approach to the Shrine of the Báb, the martyred Herald of the Bahá’í Faith, one of the most holy places of the Bahá’í Faith. He was also appointed project manager to execute the Bahá’í World Centre building projects on Mount Carmel. The Terraces of the Shrine of the Báb received the 1998 Ephraim Lifshitz Award from the Municipality of Haifa and the 1999 Magshim Award from the Council for a Beautiful Israel.

Mr. Sahba has received many international awards, among them the First Honor Award in 1987 for “Excellence in Architecture” from the Interfaith Forum on Religion, Art, and Architecture, an affiliate of the American Institute of Architects. Articles about his work have been published in almost 400 magazines and newspapers throughout the world.

Below are some photos of me shooting from the window of our bus.

No matter where….if you must go…..you must go!

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Street gambling

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Delivery man

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Marketing signs

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The Salton Sea

On 10/25/2014 I ventured 2 hours south to the Salton Sea. I’ve never been before and I was in search of the Borrow Owls. Never found, but none the less, I found a lot more. Take a peek.

The Salton Sea is a shallow, saline, endorheic rift lake located directly on the San Andreas Fault, predominantly in California’s Imperial and Coachella valleys.

The lake occupies the lowest elevations of the Salton Sink in the Colorado Desert of Imperial and Riverside counties in Southern California. Like Death Valley, it is below sea level. Currently, its surface is 234.0 ft (71.3 m) below sea level. The deepest point of the sea is 5 ft (1.5 m) higher than the lowest point of Death Valley. The sea is fed by the New, Whitewater, and Alamo Rivers, as well as agricultural runoff, drainage systems, and creeks.

The modern sea was accidentally created by the engineers of the California Development company in 1905. In an effort to increase waterflow into the area for farming, irrigation canals were dug from the Colorado River into the valley. Due to fears of silt buildup, a cut was made in the bank of Colorado River to further increase the water flow. The resulting outflow overwhelmed the engineered canal, and the river flowed into the Salton Basin for two years, filling the historic dry lake bed and creating the modern sea, before repairs were completed. While it varies in dimensions and area with fluctuations in agricultural runoff and rainfall, the Salton Sea averages 15 mi (24 km) by 35 mi (56 km). With an estimated surface area of 343 square miles (890 km2) or 350 square miles (910 km2), the Salton Sea is the largest lake in California. The average annual inflow is less than 1,200,000 acre·ft (1,500,000 dam3), which is enough to maintain a maximum depth of 44 ft (13 m) and a total volume of about 6,000,000 acre·ft (7,400,000 dam3). However, due to changes in water apportionments hammered out for the Colorado River under the Quantification Settlement Agreement, the overall water level of the Sea is expected to decrease significantly between 2013 and 2021.

The lake’s salinity, about 54 g/l, is greater than that of the waters of the Pacific Ocean (35 g/l), but less than that of the Great Salt Lake (which ranges from 50 to 270 g/l). The concentration increases by about 1% annually.
Surface elevation: -226′ (-69 m)
Area: 376.1 sq miles (974 km²)
Length: 34.8 miles (56 km)

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I hope you have enjoyed the photographs.

Links:
Sonny Bono Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge
Salton Sea State Recreation Area
Salton Sea History Museum

BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir

BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir is an experience of India’s glorious tradition and faith. A legacy that has evolved, endured, and enriched humanity through the millennia.

Located in Chino Hills, California, the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir is a traditional Hindu place of worship. Derived from the Sanskrit word Mandira, Mandir is a house of prayer that inspires faith in God and guides an individual towards spirituality. A Mandir instills basic virtues of humanity such as forgiveness, honesty, unity, friendship, humility, tolerance, patience, sacrifice, and charity. For countless generations, Mandirs have served society through spiritual and humanitarian activities.

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BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir & Cultural Center
15100 Fairfield Ranch Road,
Chino Hills, CA 91709
Tel: (909) 614-5000
http://www.bapschinohills.org

Anthony’s Flower Friday Series #31 {Flower Friday}

Anthony Lujan’s Flower Friday Series #31

photograph taken on May 27, 2007

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Anthony’s Flower Friday Series #30 {Flower Friday}

Anthony Lujan’s Flower Friday Series #30

photograph taken on May 27, 2007

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Anthony’s Flower Friday Series #29 {Flower Friday}

Anthony Lujan’s Flower Friday Series #29

photograph taken on August 20, 2006

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Anthony’s Flower Friday Series #28 {Flower Friday}

Anthony Lujan’s Flower Friday Series #28

photograph taken on December 6, 2006

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Anthony’s Flower Friday Series #27 {Flower Friday}

Anthony Lujan’s Flower Friday Series #27

photograph taken on May 12, 2007 in Norwalk, CA

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