Category Archive: Nature and Space

Alone at Aga Khan Park on a Beautiful Full Moon Night

Malik Merchant spent the whole night at the Aga Khan Park enjoying the sight of the Full Moon on July 5, 2020. Here is his story and photos.

Countdown to the Aga Khan Museum’s Reopening: Ponds are filled with water, and even the Heech is smiling

A collection of glorious photos taken by Malik Merchant, as a countdown to the reopening of the Aga Khan Museum on June 27, 2020.

An inspiring walk through the Aga Khan Park in Toronto, in the midst of Covid-19 physical distancing

Story by MALIK MERCHANT Publisher-Editor Simergphotos,  Simerg, and Barakah with photographs by the author and SHAFIN JAMAL  A close-up of a tulip at the Aga Khan Park, Toronto. The tulip is seasonal, and blooms in… Continue reading

2019 Fall Rhapsody: A Superabundance of Autumn Colours in Canada’s National Capital Region, Ottawa and Gatineau, that no City in the World can (Ever) Match

Magnificent photos of fall colours in the National Capital Region of Canada – Ottawa, Ontario, and Gatineau, Quebec.

A Day Trip to Fabulous Algonquin Park, Canada

Dr. Nurin Merchant and her dad, Malik, spent a fabulous day at Algonquin Park and enjoyed the park’s trails, sights, scenery and autumn foliage. This post includes remarkable pictures from their 12 hour trip, and highlights what can be accomplished during a day’s trip, even if you are travelling from Ottawa or Toronto! The post captures nature at its finest.

Aga Khan Museum and Ismaili Centre Draw Thousands during Doors Open Event Held in Toronto on May 25-26, 2019

More than 8,000 visitors attended the Doors Open event at the Aga Khan Museum and the Ismaili Centre on May 25-26, 2019. This post captures the event through a selection of photographs.

An Eyewitness Account of the Total Solar Eclipse on August 21, 2017

“For two minutes, we were suspended in this bizarre, truly ethereal state — two minutes that passed much much too quickly. Next thing we knew, the second diamond ring appeared and it was… Continue reading

The Ismaili Jubilee Games’ Lantern is Welcomed to the Ismaili Centre and the Children’s Soccer Camp in Burnaby

BY ABDULMALIK MERCHANT Publisher-editor, Simergphotos and Simerg A boy proudly holds the Ismaili Jubilee Games lantern on Sunday, June 19, 2016, at the annual soccer camp which is being attended by 198 young… Continue reading

Photo Essay: Tajikistan Landscapes Through the Lens of Muslim Harji

A map of Tajikistan with surrounding countries. Among the places Muslim Harji visited with his wife, Nevin, during his adventurous and heart warming trip to Tajikistan were Dushanbe, Tajikistan’s capital, and the autonomous… Continue reading

A Memorable Photo Essay: The Travels and Accomplishments of His Highness the Aga Khan in 2015: (II) Canada, India and Greece

PREPARED AND COMPILED BY ABDULMALIK MERCHANT (Publisher-Editor, http://www.Simergphotos.com and http://www.Simerg.com) A beautiful panoramic photo of the Aga Khan Museum (left) and the Ismaili Centre (right), connected by  the all-season Aga Khan Park. The Museum… Continue reading

Photo Essay: The Beauty and Glory of Autumn Foliage in Ottawa-Gatineau, Canada’s Capital Region

BY MALIK MERCHANT (Publisher-Editor Simerg and Simergphotos) I couldn’t live (leave) without them — the blog(s) and the car! Each year, in October, I make it a point to visit Gatineau Park to… Continue reading

Prayer Houses of Badakhshan, Tajikistan, Through the Lens of Muslim Harji

Editor’s note: Montreal’s Muslim Harji, pictured above with Ismaili students in Khorogh, continues his special series on Central Asia with this special feature on Ismaili prayer houses in Badakhshan. Thousands of readers have… Continue reading

Photo Essay: Two Great Canadian Prime Ministers, Mackenzie King and Lester B. Pearson, Feature in Simerg’s Peep into Gatineau Park’s Autumn Foliage

By Malik Merchant Pink Lake, Gatineau Park. Photo: Malik Merchant/Simerg A city with almost a million people has a magnificent nature park in its vicinity with some of the most spectacular foliage that… Continue reading

Photo Essay: Stunning Photos of North America’s First Ismaili Centre and Jamatkhana as the Second Ismaili Centre in Toronto is Set for an Official Opening Ceremony on September 12, 2014

Editor’s note: Mohib Ebrahim, the founding publisher and editor of Nanowisdoms, recently visited the first North American purpose built high profile Ismaili Centre and Jamatkhana located in Burnaby, British Columbia, and came away… Continue reading

A Very Beautiful Photo Book by Prince Hussain Aga Khan at a Very Special Price: The Hardback Edition of “Animal Voyage”

Note: Please refresh page if your browser displays overlapping photos/text. “Animal Voyage” by Prince Hussain Aga Khan, originally available as a paperback, has been re-introduced as a hardback edition. Both Simergphotos.com and its… Continue reading

Photo Essay: A 9 Year Old Ismaili Boy’s First Steps of Becoming an Astronaut

Qayl’s Inspiring Encounters with Great Astronauts Qayl Azeem Maherali pictured as an astronaut when he was 6. Photo: Qayl’s Collection © Copyright. The picture above was taken three years ago. I am 9… Continue reading

Navroz (New Year) Greetings to all of Humanity, with Views of the Earth from the Sun on March 21, 2013

THE SPRING EQUINOX Navroz, Nowruz, Novruz, Navruz, Nooruz, Nevruz, Nauryz Mubarak In the alternation of night and day, and what God has created in the heavens and the earth — surely there are… Continue reading

Important Areas of Tanzania and Other African Countries from Space

TANZANIA’S NGORONGORO CRATER, SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK AND OLDUVAI GORGE Images clickable for enlargement Three striking and important areas of Tanzania in eastern Africa are shown in this color-coded shaded relief image from the Shuttle… Continue reading