Imitating wasps but a sting we have not, bright bands warn without being caught. Given a fly’s head and large eyes to spy, unlike a wasps’ four, two wings to fly. Hovering around flowers, nectar we seek, much like bees pollinating, yet so meek. Our larvae feed on aphids, save your crop, in being beneficial … Continue reading Have you met Hoverflies?
(A philosophical sparrow articulates quiddity of being) Cold conurbation, devouring viridescence, lifeless existence! Pursuing a niche, antagonistic expanse, voluminous void! Cerulean skies, within the watering cup, delusion beckons! A convex mirage, hope desire aspire, meniscus allure! – Narendra Nayak © 2020
BrilliAnt was in a pickle. Already deep up to her thorax overseeing the assignment of the N Division worker ants for daily foraging duties, she had been burdened for the rest of the month with the onerous task of calculating the daily nutritional loads for the notoriously hyperactive ant larvae of Sector MCMLXXII. Silently cursing … Continue reading A(i)n’t Just a Rant!
(A birdy wooing in the present times – of course in haiku, and yes of course, translated from parakeetese!) He (swaggering): O bewitching wings! of the viridis flutter, not native I see? She (dodging): From a far off land, I arrive in the city, seeking grains of hope. He (bold): You land in the lush, … Continue reading A Squawk to Remember!
(A bird’s POV expressed in haiku) Change is in the air, or has the air itself changed, perhaps destiny? Noises abated, the songs sweet nectar to ears, yet human uproar? Fresh and cleaner breath, neither smog nor fumes to brave, still faces shrouded? No grime on the earth, summer blooms in abundance, none to admire? … Continue reading B(l)eak Perspective
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
(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
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!