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Taken off the Issyk Kul highway, this image captures the simplicity and grandeur of nature’s beauty. For those not in the know, Issyk Kul is an endorheic lake in the northern Tian Shan mountains in eastern Kyrgyzstan. It is the tenth largest lake in the world by volume and the second largest saline lake after the Caspian Sea.

We ushered in the New Year with Ben Stiller’s The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. Watching the ending scene, one could not but help reflect as Sean Pean’s screen character awaits to photograph the mysterious snow leopard (ghost cat) whilst sitting on the mountain depths of Afghanistan.

When it finally appears, he chooses to bask in its glory rather than photograph the ghost cat saying, “Beautiful things don’t seek attention.”

A powerful and multi-textured reminder to constantly admire nature’s magnificence and to bow in humility at its immenseness.

Wishing you and your family a glorious 2014 – full of happiness, peace, prosperity and all good things.