Happy Earth Day!!!

In adoration of Mother Earth, I visited a bonsai park in southern China and attempted to capture her divine grace via photography and color pencil.

– Quiet Riley Jr –

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Last Day in India, part 1

After experiencing a wonderful journey through India, the time has come to post my final days, starting with Sarnath, the city where Buddha first taught the dharma, and ending in Kolkata, the official capital of West Bengal.

I hope you enjoyed my photos!

– Quiet –

Reflections on the Ganges River

From dawn to dusk and dusk to dawn, the Ganga reflects, absorbs, merges and transforms. Surging from the locks of Siva’s hair as he sits atop the mighty Himalayas, it flows 1,600 miles southeast before spilling into the Bay of Bengal, touching the bodies and souls of millions along the way.

Exploring Agra

Contrary to what most tourists do, I recommend staying in Agra, India for at least one night before seeing the Taj Mahal. That way you can witness the extravagant weddings-on-wheels that traverse the city at night. Music, dancing and wild colors paint the bustling streets as couples descend from all over India to proclaim their undying love.

Into the countryside

Delhi and Jaipur are inspiriting cities with plenty of urban places to visit, but my heart always yearns for the sights and sounds of nature. So when Suresh sped through the countrysides of Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh like a sparrowhawk on wheels, many times I had to wave my arms and ask him to pull over, especially when we approached these towering works-of-art along the side of the road. Stacked round and round into curious golden spirals are discs of cow manure called dung castles.