Weedout Doubt

(Preamble: This plant has grown up with my carrot plants on the fringes of the planter. I cannot explain why – despite it so evidently not being a carrot – I did not weed it out, but fed and cared for it just like any other plant. And now that the barely two inches tall … Continue reading Weedout Doubt

Bee-mused!

Which Bee would it be, it so bee-wildered me,was it a bare Carpenter, or a hairy Bumblebee? The darting and diving, bee-trayed the family,up close I saw bee-tter, bee-spoke the anatomy. Bee-lated I remem-bee-red, 48 species of thee,only in Himalayas, Bumblebees buzzed with glee. Bee-tween 16 black species, markings I had to see,bee-hold it defined, … Continue reading Bee-mused!

Bird, Decollated!

Two days into his stay at the farm he knew something was amiss. Each morning he had woken up to a crisp cool dawn of the early spring days, the air redolent with the heady bouquet of the hillside blooms and the mild rays of sunshine diffused through a curtain of thin fog that hung … Continue reading Bird, Decollated!

To-may-to, To-mah-to… Ta-ma-tar!

I am aware that many of you here have been growing tomatoes since ages, but for me this was my first attempt, and the journey of these past six months – from seeds to fruit – has been a very valuable learning experience. Come to think of it, over the past year, my home garden … Continue reading To-may-to, To-mah-to… Ta-ma-tar!

The Pumpkin Chronicles

Though Dr. Ian Malcolm’s profound and by now iconic assertion “Life, uh, finds a way” in Jurassic Park was in reference to the survival and proliferation of genetically engineered dinosaurs, it is not wrong to associate this statement with the real world where millions of species fight for survival against each other and more often … Continue reading The Pumpkin Chronicles

Dekko this Gecko

Undoubtedly, of all the benefits that I derive out of my home gardening pursuits, nothing gets me more elated than seeing a micro ecosystem being set up within the confines of a few potted plants. Within the soil it is the earthworms and millipedes (I introduce a few of these into my pots during the … Continue reading Dekko this Gecko

A Whiff of the Wild Western Ghats

The figures waving at us from way up in the lush hills before us appeared only a few millimetres tall and that was my first moment of realisation that we had somewhat (?) fallen behind the rest of the ten, 15-to-50s friends headed due north-northwest trekking along the Duke’s Nose trail from Kurvande village, Maval. … Continue reading A Whiff of the Wild Western Ghats

Self-be-leaf

(Tanka of an enlightened leaf) Some form muddy poolsyet some others run down drainsblessed to make few pearlsthose that run off lose their selfthe resilient shine forth Water sustains liferelentless my thirsty rootswhat worth then these pearlsan ephemeral miragenot ego let deeds make me [The tiny, newly unfurled leaf of my Colocasia plant juggles with … Continue reading Self-be-leaf

Drenched

Sparrows juveniledelightful their first drizzlesoaking up in gleewell preened contour feathers drydowny feathers soft and warm Fun frolic endedas the heavens opened upbabies now wet throughwise and sheltered they wonderwhat new lessons life will give [Starring: my daily breakfast companions – house sparrows (Passer domesticus) K1, female and K2, male] – Narendra Nayak © 2021

Transient

Flowers. A fragile, fragrant, flamboyant, fetching, fascinating fragment of Mother Nature’s design to facilitate perpetuation of life. We all have our favourites – buttercups, carnations, chrysanthemums, daffodils, dahlias, daisies, lilies, orchids, peonies, petunias, roses and tulips – which are a welcome, though ephemeral digression from ordinary subsistence of the colourless commonplace. But human avarice is … Continue reading Transient