Gardens Connections

Kedar Prabhudesai with his wife, Sneha

Kedar Prabhudesai
Ph.D. student

"Being a Ph.D. student in electrical and computer engineering (ECE), I mostly work indoors, sitting at a desk and staring at a computer for a long time. My work involves understanding difficult mathematical concepts and writing long computer programs to solve complex problems. Although I love my job, I often find myself stuck at a problem for a long time, during which I tend to procrastinate and many times feel lost in processing information.

If I am stuck on a problem for long time, I like to take a break and go for a languid walk in Duke Gardens. During this time, I prefer not to carry my cellphone, and I usually just carry my DSLR camera. Within no time, I feel myself lost in the beauty of flowers, butterflies, ducks and trees in the gardens, so much that I totally forget about my problem at work or anything related to it. I like spending time photographing flowers by the fish pond typically a few hours before sunset, when the sun lights up the flowers beautifully. I love to capture macro-shots of the variety of flowers all year round.

I believe the time I spend in the gardens has a healing effect. After an hour or so when I return back to work, I find that I have a fresh perspective on solving my problems at work. Time and again these walks in Duke Gardens have allowed me to relax and rejuvenate, and I believe they have some effect on my subconscious mind. No HD quality Planet Earth documentaries or virtual realities can ever replace the firsthand experience one gets by being in nature at the Gardens. I feel blessed that I have such a place close to work. With never ending to-do lists, timetables and responsibilities, I like to take a break, pause for a moment, and reflect, before doing my next task at hand. I feel Sarah P. Duke Gardens is the perfect place for that."

See Kedar's Duke Gardens photos and more on Flickr.