Hiking on the hill
The Elizabeth Gamble Garden, is one of the historical gardens of the city of Palo Alto.
This property has become a non-profit community horticultural foundation. The garden is full of freshness throughout the year with its demonstration gardens which are also used as part of an educational program with local community.
The 2.5-acre estate features an Edwardian house and also includes a carriage house, teahouse, tool house, greenhouse, and a gazebo.
The garden is open to the public at no charge during daylight hours.
Planting ‘urban tree’
The presence of trees reduces stress in any human habitat and plays an important role in various aspects of human life:
•filter air, water and sunlight
•provide shelter to animals
•provide recreational area
•moderate local climate, slowing wind and storm-water, and
•shading homes and businesses and conserve energy
Preserving the forest trees is of great importance to life and health of our planet and all human societies.
Life in the urban condition has urged the need to plant more trees and create urban forests!
Planting urban trees is carried out in many different parts of the world. The type of tree planted may have great influence on the environmental outcomes.
To promote the growth of native ecosystems, planting fast growing indigenous trees is advocated by many environmentalists.
Life On The River
The Miracle of Spring
The Miracle of Spring
Recall how with frozen fingers December’s clouds outspread
Over the fields and uplands a mantle of ice and snow;
Over the buried roses, over a world of dead
Vengeful as any hangman stalked the exultant crow.
But lo, the abiding wonder! Spirit, that never dies,
Surges anew and vital through the upstanding trees.
See, those spear-armed horsemen, the spreading tulips, rise
Over the plains triumphant, hills, yea, and mountains seize.
Behold, the eager lily leaps to delight the eye,
Spurning the bent narcissus crouched in his self-regard.
Deep in the springing corn-shoots the gleaming violets lie;
Bright with a myriad jewels the wheat-swept fields are starred.
Under the nodding willow the poppy lies in blood-
Sudden the blow that smote her, drenched her crimson flood.
And now, mid the green profusion of wheat, in mingled hue
Note how the lily argent with azure glows;
So, when the sky is stippled with scattered rain-clouds through
Here and here betwixt them the vault of heaven shows.
BAHAR (1884 -1951)
Verse Translation : A.J.Arberry (1905 -1969)