The evening that followed the afternoon blaze was surprisingly balmy; the spot of gentle breeze flowing in from the grasslands of Aarey perhaps being one reason, and the whiff of strong fragrance of the Copperpod flowers only accentuated the feeling of benign calm. But in that late hour just before dusk the usual gang of … Continue reading Of Bitter Sweet Lessons
(A Tale in 3 Haiku) Scene 1: Two birds on a flex, claiming right of perch to swing, aiming claws and kicks. Scene 2: Wise bird interferes, why behave like human beings, show thy gift not guile. Scene 3: Chastised birds make peace, what’s with these two asks a fourth, “the bane of mankind!” [Featuring: … Continue reading Unchained Malady
(Impressions related through Haiku) Countless emotions, do expressions manifest, with limited means? Be it joy or grief, anger, fear or disgust, surprise or in hope? To communicate, comprehend life beyond words, it’s all in her eyes! [In the frame: Rose-ringed Parakeet (Psittacula krameri), adult female; Mumbai] – Narendra Nayak © 2020
They pause not to rest, but to contemplate purpose, those powerful wings! [In the frame: Small Indian Kite (Milvus migrans govinda); Aarey Forest, Mumbai] – Narendra Nayak © 2020
A spotless facade, in rippled mired waters, does your soul reflect? [In the frame: Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis), non-breeding adult; Aarey Forest, Mumbai] – Narendra Nayak © 2020
(An explication through haiku) Breaking horizon, a means to fulfill purpose, propagating life! Forever struggle, material benefits, what is thy purpose? Delve into the soul, the essence of existence, illumination! [Frame: Sunrise over Aarey Forest captured from Aarey Guest House, Mumbai] – Narendra Nayak © 2020
Through the throes of change, discarding the olden cloak, rejuvenation! Elucidation: Arthropods moult either for the purpose of growth or to metamorphose. During this process, known as ecdysis, the organism may undertake repair of damaged tissue and sometimes even regenerate lost limbs. The cuticle or old outer skin shed at the end of this process … Continue reading Emerge!
In search of nectar, hovering over blossoms, sweet pollinator! Nectaries too deep, piercing base of flower, crafty nectar thief! Elucidation: As I looked on, this sunbird tried to dip its beak through the unfurled petals of the flower bud. Unsuccessful at its attempt to reach the nectaries, it then hovered around the base of the … Continue reading Honey, I Stole the Nectar!
The raptor surveys, its realm trampled upon, beastly predator! [In the frame: Black Kite (Milvus migrans) in silhouette at dusk; Aarey Guest House, philoAarey Forest, Mumbai] – Narendra Nayak © 2020
Quivering wings spread, contemplate heavens above, unleash your ethos! Elucidation: The lifecycle of Dragonflies consists of three stages: egg, nymph and adult. The dragonfly spends most of its life in its aquatic nymph form, living in fresh water ponds and placid spots in streams. Depending upon the species and climate of the region, the nymph … Continue reading Don’t Drag on, Fly!