The universe is chaotic. There is something or the other happening in some part of it, each and every moment.
Though some find peace in this very chaos, ‘most’ see it as an obstacle to ‘peace’.
A very few from the ‘most’ set out to restore order and bring that peace to the world.
Finally an insignificant fraction of this ‘very few’ come to a point only to realize that this very peace and order they sought coexisted in the same chaos they wanted to run from and set order to.
Though by now this revelation would have been a journey of a lifetime, the wisdom from it was worth the effort.
Chaos and peace have been two side of the same coin, coexisting ever since. Chaos is just as beautiful as peace is. And always will be.
A Blue Tiger Butterfly collects its share of breakfast amongst a grove at the Parsik Hills Range, Kharghar.
With the monsoon having made a complete retreat, the skies are pretty cloudless during dawn causing much of the area to flood with sunlight that gives a much vibrant shade to the entire region. And the fact that much of this place is still quite green, most images pop without much effort 🙂
It had been a long time since I visited the area for a shoot or trek. Delighted about the fact that the hills and monsoon had kept their word by transforming the place into this green paradise I always knew of, I hopped around and scouted the location, finally settling at this small holding pond created by a steam coming downhill through the main valley.
Though the rains were passing rather than being continuous (a blessing in disguise) the place looked fresh as ever, emitting those same mystical vibes I felt each and every time I was around.
A pair of pigeons share a moment together on the rooftops at dusk before heading back to their nests.
A Red-vented Bulbul makes it’s morning call while perching on top of a tree at the Kharghar Hills, as I made my morning hike around the area during the last monsoon, back when the whole land was lush green.
This image was made during the total Lunar Eclipse of 2018. This particular lunar eclipse was special for the fact that it was also a super blue blood moon, a coincidence that last occurred about 36 years ago.
Though I missed the whole cycle, I managed to get one shot right just for the memory. But it sure was a call for my long awaited dream to shoot Astrophotography and to restart my passion of keenly watching these celestial occurrences and magic.
And whether it is a lunar eclipse or not, the moon was and is always a mesmerizing dream to stare and get lost into…
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 time for painting like sunsets finally arrives.
And it surely knows how to grab my attention!
When epic scares for Friday the 13th show up right at the start of the day, even in broad daylight!
This bud was pretty creepy not only for his ‘costume and gear’ but also for the fact that he managed to stalk me with his million little eyes for 20-odd minutes till I finally laid my sight on him!
Nature – Surreal indeed 😀
It was a normal start to the day for me. I left for the hills early, hiking my way up and down through the route religiously. Gave my legs a cooling lap at the stream, as I listened to the wise old and fun couple crack sense and jokes, all at the same time. The usual stalking by a few ‘newer’ mini birds and a calf (a first in a long long time!) followed before I decided to head back to the base camp (the most rewarding part of the entire pilgrimage, as well as the most time consuming one!)
And then there were the usual ‘distractions’ to detour – a few more birds and invertebrates, which would make me stray yet again (but something I never really regret). I was hooked on to once such distraction and by the time we had enough of each other, I was lying on the trail, tired and hungry. The blazing sun had worn me out and I decided to take a few minutes off before heading back, laying there to review my bounty.
That’s when these Lilliputians showed up – trumpeting their arrival with pants, scouting and securing the trail, as their master trailed behind. As cute as they could get, I couldn’t resist and snapped a photograph, without their permission. But they weren’t impressed by my act and didn’t seem to like me either. As their attack got more vicious (cute, to be honest!), I decided to get up and clear the way for them. And as they passed by, they gave me that look which very well meant’ If we wanted you dead, you’d already be dead’.
And I was like, ok…
Yet another, best of days at the hills and a fun kick-start to the day!