Sparrow Spotting

A male sparrow perches on the branch of a tree with a blade of glass in its beak before heading back to its nest during sunset.

I love the fact that we are able to spot sparrows much more often like we would in the past. There was a brief period when these little ones had become sparse in sight, maybe be due to the change in radio waves and pollution levels in the air. Though they can be mischievous at times, stealing fruits and vegetables being grow in the garden, I am more than happy to see them grow in numbers along with other flora and fauna in the region.

When Nature tries Art…

The sun illuminates the underside of the leaves on a coconut tree, making for a vibrant display of colors just before sunset.

Being the peak of summer, the sun is at its best and puts up an amazing show throughout the day. But the brilliance of this almighty disk is not limited to skies alone. When shining bright on the subjects that thrive due to its existence, it often paints them in ways that that captivates most of its audience.

Marble’s Siesta

This is Marble. He is one of the many new fauna who have made their presence known after the lock down. As the land turned calm and quiet, many flora and fauna have got a much need break from the hustles of life to recover and rejuvenate.

Marble like to have his siesta in our garden, right under the shade of the coconut tree with the damp and soft soil serving as his bed. Marble does mind the intrusion by irresponsible humans who decide to jaywalk during a lock down. But he still keeps to his spot till the sun sets behind the hills. And if someone decides to disturb his peace and say hello, he maintains the social distancing norms up till 7 feet after which he takes off to another of his lairs.

Marble is a good and responsible cat. Be like Marble!

Myna at Sundown

A Myna perches on top a tree, a mandatory pit-stop before it heads for its nest at sundown.

Shooting subjects from a confined location is a challenge. Given the rather less geographical canvas to scan through and move about, one must look hard to spot a subject. And with the thick foliage around, it is often after a good game of hide and seek before a little one like this spares a moment, to get snapped before taking off to another location.

One positive effect of the lockdown is the dramatic increase in the number of birds. Though often hard to spot, they let their presence and numbers be known through amplified chirping and calls they make, something rather rare during a normal day.

Sunset Perfect

Though it is high time for the monsoon to have stopped completely, it does rain quite often even now. The mornings usually have an overcast with the sun making a brief appearance at times. The evenings follow with raging thunderstorms that are often accompanied by spells of heavy rain. But inspite of having an unpredictable weather, the evenings often lead you to amazing scenes like these, becoming a must needed treat to the tired eye and soul. And the fact that these untimely rains keep the dust, pollution and heat in check is always a boon!

A glimpse of the Near Future

A panoramic view of the large empty plot (in the far background) being developed for the impending “Navi Mumbai International Airport” amidst the ever beautiful hill ranges, mangroves and various streams, as viewed while descending from the Kharghar Hills one fine afternoon.

It would be fun to watch how many airplanes would fly out of this location in the coming years and how ‘wise of a decision’ it was to make an airport in this particular location in the first place.

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Mornin’ High

An army of Ants scale and attend to the tender leaves of a bush during sunrise at Seawoods.

Ants are one the best examples of teamwork, selflessness and dedication in the natural world that I am personally aware of. The amount of work they do with the precision they possess is hysterical indeed. One could learn great lessons of teamwork and management from these little soldiers just by tuning in into their schedule. But make sure you have the time – even one brief moment of your absence and they vanish without a trace!

Each scout a pawn takes is potential death is disguise. But that does not stop them, as they seem to be aware of the fact that whether it is life or death, it is for the greater good and that the whole existence of their kingdom depends on their actions, which they perform dedicatedly.

Thus even the smallest link is equally strong and important as the largest one.

The Big Cat

This guy is the new ‘Big Cat’ in my area – Husband Kittu.
 
Once disowned and divorced by his wife (I was witness to the proceedings) he now prowls the streets day in day out, as stealthily as one could, trying to get his life back on track.
 
Got a mugshot during one of his regular stalking attempts on me. He is an apprentice spy apparently and gave away pretty easily 😛
But a rather handsome one 😀

An Evening to Remember

Chaos, amidst the cold silence

A feeling of fullness, all within none

Thrill, that would very much kill

Retracing the steps that were once feared for being the unknown

Taking that leap of faith with the mirage of a goal in your head, but never in your heart

And finally, embracing something from where it all started from – the darkness

An evening, well spent…

 

Colors of Rain

The vibrant monsoon landscape of the Maharashtra State Highway 93, that passes close to Pali looks just like a beautiful painting of the typical ‘Konkan Monsoon’!

It’s been around an year since my group from the colony and I made that crazy but amazing trip to Rameshwar Vaibhav. The rain, the day, the nature and everything around us was so surreal that it was difficult for us to believe that any of this was real at all. Thankfully, we had documented proof to make us realize and then believe that it indeed real and not a dream!

Though it’s been a while I had last been to this place and beyond, I do know that it would be just as beautiful as I had left it the last time. Perhaps, even more