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Look up

Petronas Towers, Malaysia
Petronas Towers

As I Look Up, I see this splendid architecture. The 88 storey building features glass and steel exterior and traditionally inspired interior. The sky bridge that connects the two towers is the world’s highest two-storey bridge which is an excellent viewing platform as you get a magnificent view of the city.

Any guesses, where is this located?

Well, it is Petronas Twin Towers located in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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WPC: H20-The Waterfall

H2O is the chemical formula for water. It describes water broken down into its elements.

For me, the waterfall symbolises unleashed creativity in a constant fluid shape that is ever-changing and renewing. It symbolises openness, flexibility, power, form and spirituality which is a primordial symbol association with water in its countless expressions.

Gushing waterfall inside the botanical garden


In literature, water is associated with a symbol of change and is present at turning points. In most cultures, it is a sign of life. Heraclitus, a Greek philosopher, was motivated to contemplate on the waterfall as the continuous evolution of beings. The drops of water which come together to form a waterfall are renewed each second.


Kodaikanal waterfalls
Kodaikanal waterfalls

The waterfall symbolises unharnessed elemental motion. The force field that one needs to master and control one’s spirituality or spiritual being. The waterfall is symbolic of lastingness of form despite the change of content. Waterfall symbolises immense release of emotion, rejuvenation and renewal of spirit. The four elements of life on our planet of which water is the crucial element and the waterfall, in particular, is continuous creation and renewal.

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Opposites. weekly photo challenge
Hot air balloon in the air

Being in a hot air balloon is a wonderful feeling, floating among the clouds.

A hot air balloon is a balloon bag or “envelope” which is made of reinforced nylon fabric. The envelope is treated with a polyurethane coating to make it more airtight and to assist the fabric in bearing the ultraviolet rays of the sun. The pilot and passengers ride in a gondola (or basket) that is made of woven wicker, which is both strong and flexible. The gondola is connected to the envelope by stainless steel suspension cables.

Opposites, weekly photo challenge
A inflating a hot air balloon
Image credit- Igors Jefimovs

The balloon envelope is stretched on the ground and the gondola rested on its side and attached to the envelope cables. A portable (gasoline powered) fan thrusts cold air into the envelope. When the envelope is about half inflated with outside (ambient) air, a propane burner is ignited until the air inside is heated enough for the balloon to rise to an upright position. With a small amount of additional heat, the balloon becomes buoyant.

Deflating a hot air balloon Image credit:
Deflating a hot air balloon
Image credit: Neuroxic

Once the pilot brings the balloon down the crew helps the pilot deflate and disassemble the balloon and return passengers and equipment back home.

An inflated balloon symbolizes pride in a person for his achievements and goals in his life. Whereas a deflated balloon symbolizes shame in a person due to various circumstances in his life. Pride and shame are two Opposites of the same person  or two sides of the same coin.

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References : FAQ of Hot air balloon 


House Crows (Corvus_splendens) grooming in Kolkata.

House crows as partners
House crows Image by J.M.Garg – Some rights reserved. (view image details

I am sure you believe “Cleanliness is next to Godliness”.  It has been seen in various animals and birds that in addition to their personal hygiene they spend time in additional grooming of their Partners. These partnerships are longer lasting and more like having a best friend in your life. The grooming usually is stroking, scratching and massaging. They groom one another.

Love is not just about finding a good partner. It is also about being a good one.

Colorful parrots as partners. Image credit - Riza Nugraha on
Colorful parrots couple

Two colorful parrots from Jurong Bird Park of Singapore. As I watch these colourful parrots, I recall these lines:

As love

that is

each day upon the twig

which may die

So springs your love

fresh up

lusty for the sun

the bird’s companion

~ William Carlos Williams

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