Narrow: The Washington Monument

In mid July, we took a family trip to Maryland for Roshini’s  graduation and we seized the opportunity to do some sightseeing in Washington, D.C.  In response to the photo challenge, Narrow, I’ve elected to interpret this challenge by sharing two shots of the Washington Monument. I snapped both photos with my cell phone. Scroll to the end for a photo of the graduate:)

WM July 14, 2016 (2)WM July 16. 2016 (2)

Here are some facts about the monument:

  1. The Washington Monument is the nation’s foremost memorial to George Washington, the first president of the United States.
  2. The 555 foot tall obelisk is the tallest building in the District of Columbia and by law, no other building in Washington D.C. is allowed to be taller.
  3. Inside the Washington Monument are an elevator and a 897-step stairway.
  4. The outer walls are made of white marble blocks from Maryland and The obelisk is also made of granite, and sandstone.
  5. The interior walls contain 193 memorial stones installed on its east and west interior walls. The memorial stones start at the 30-foot level and continue to the 450-foot level.
  6. It is the world’s tallest stone structure and the world’s tallest obelisk.

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Rosh 1

The Proud Graduate!


Perspective from Nature’s Vivid Colors

In April of this year, I stopped to gaze at the compelling beauty of nature’s vivid colors and I decided to take a few photos. In response to this week’s photo challenge, Look Up, I’m sharing two shots of the same tree. As you may notice, I took one photo looking up from under the tree.

Through the lens of my camera, I got a different view of the tree. As with these photos, I have to remind myself to stop and look at situations from different angles, with a fresh set of eyes to gain other perspectives. 

As I write this post, I’m reminded of the film, “Dead Poets Society” in which Robin Williams played the role of an English teacher, John Keating. Keating gave his students a valuable lesson on perspective when he stood up on his desk and asked them the reason for him standing there. Keating said,  “I stand upon my desk to remind myself that we must constantly look at things in a different way.”Perspective by Elaine RampersaudPerspective2 (copy) by Elaine Rampersaud

Globe Planter

A tilted view of the planter

Re-purposing an old globe into a planter

I’ve been organizing my study, packing away books, tossing things out, and basically doing boring stuff for the past few days. However, on Thursday, I took on a fun project. I re-purposed an old globe. I created a planter that is now a “world class” one among the few that we have around our home.

Last week’s: Photo challenge- Off-season. summer can be an off-season time for school, but now with my re-purposed globe planter, we can all learn a little something from it.

Steps to make the globe planter:

  1. Mark the area that you want to cut with a permanent marker.
  2. Get an old knife with a pointy tip.
  3. Light a candle and heat the tip of the knife.
  4. Insert the heated knife on the line you drew. The heat melts the thick plastic material.
  5. Repeat step 4 until the top of the globe is off.
  6. Place a plant in the planter.
  7. Admire your re-purposed globe!

Additional things I need to do:

  1. Paint the bottom of the base, so it doesn’t rust.
  2. Make holes in the bottom of the globe to let out water.

Thank you for stopping by!

Globe-top removed