From Melbourne, Australia

That cackle of a kookaburra was unmistakable. Thuds that sounded like a hopping kangaroo were quickly followed by the monotonous drone of a bumblebee and the howl of the dingo as it stalked its quarry in the harsh Australian outback.

Thankfully, I was far away from such a landscape of rugged wilderness. In fact, I stood by a colorful souvenir shop on Swanston Street in downtown Melbourne watching the didgeridoo player perform his musical magic.

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From Ellora Caves, India

We were more than 15 miles away from the colorful township of Aurangabad and 250 miles from the bustle of Mumbai. Our creaky Jeep headed for the renowned Ellora Caves was groaning through a winding ascent.

“Here are 34 caves carved out in a crescent curve on the slope of these low hills,” our guide told us.

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From enchanting Costa Rica

Angry Arenal

Just the afternoon before, our airplane had droned twenty-thousand feet above the sandy sprawl of the Mexican beaches and angry volcanoes of Guatemala. Cutting in from the Caribbean Sea, we hushed down palm trees and sudden mountain crags before landing at San Jose’s Santa Marina airport in exotic Costa Rica.

As we drove towards the fiery volcano of Arenal past endless coffee plantations and banana groves, our car would be lost high in the mists, passing through charming cloud forests…

 

– In my new book Rambles into Sacred Realms: Exploring Divinity through Pen and Paint, I invite readers to experience such adventure and imagery illustrating my travels.

 

 

From Ambarnath, India

I stood in an ancient shrine to Lord Shiva – the Destroyer of Death in the Hindu Trinity.

Known as the shrine of Ambreshwar or the Lord of the Skies, this was a 10th Century stone jewel incredibly tucked away in the heart of a bustling Mumbai suburb.

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From Fairbanks, Alaska

The hush of silence was indeed mesmerizing. The swath of the 600-mile Alaska Range glistened in the landscape. Yellow specks mottled the trees in the boreal forests – Nature was readying herself in choicest finery for the approaching fall. Continue Reading