For nine months last year, my family and I lived in a rented house about a mile from the Philadelphia Hare Krsna temple. Early each morning I would walk to the temple to attend the functions there, and then walk back home, chanting Hare Krsna on my beads and relishing solitary moments on the quiet streets, when I could appreciate a little of the beauty of the Lord's creation. As Srila Prabhupada write, Sri Krsna's works are "magnificent and magnanimous. His creations both material and spiritual are all wonderful and … are full of opulence, beauty, and knowledge" (Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.1.17, purport).

Most of the photographs on these pages were taken during those walks. The quotes that accompany the photos are from Srimad-Bhagavatam, the ripened fruit of all spiritual knowledge.