A delicate flutter of happiness

 

When I see a butterfly….few words come into my head…

Delicate…beauty….free…flight…change…short…hope

And I feel….we all believe …in all these stuff

One of my favorite quote…if nothing changed…there would be no butterflies….it is so true…& whenever something doesn't work…this quote keeps me going…that things are going to change…there is hope…

When we go for birding…these days…these wee…delicate…creatures interest me…I have always loved butterflies…I can have them anywhere…mugs..on the walls…on the covers…utensils…

 

I feel like taking pics of them…but it is one tough job…by the time you focus…it would be gone…

 

It is that short spring here….summer is almost here…because of rains…lot of grass..wildflowers…& many butterflies…a few days back…managed to take a few pics of this beauty…

 

It was around for quite some time….have decide to try and take more pics…after all if I ever wish to be anything else…it has to be a butterfly…

Just imagine…flying freely…amongst those flowers…life can't be more beautiful I guess…

So what if it is short…few days…but bliss..

 

A rainy day in sohar

The feel of raindrops…the smell of the earth…the cool rainy breeze….it is best felt…one can't really express that feeling….in this part of world though…it doesn't rain that much…as it does in India …so whenever it rains…we never miss an opportunity to drive….

 

Grey skies….a pot of coffee…and a drive up to mountains….

 

The landscape looks fresh…

 

There will be a sudden burst of green …greenish yellow…just a single splash of rain is enough

 

The mountains…majestic…enigmatic…inviting…it beckons …

As one drives down….the beauty…calms …soothes…& relaxes..

 

And the best part of these hills…every distance one drives…the colour of the mountains changes too…

From far they look greyish blue….then….greenish blue …nearer..and nearer…all hues of blue….

 

And…as u are very near to them…there is silence…there is awe…amongst those mountains…one feels so small…

As I always say…when one starts to think…I am the best…no one can compete with me…it is time for the person to come back to reality…& the best treatment…drive into a forest…drive into a desert…drive into a mountain range….

Suddenly…with a thud…one realises…we humans are so inconspicuous ….almost invisible…in this huge universe….of this gorgeous nature…&….we stand no where…

 

 

And…this is mandatory…our pics …in the rain…always feel good to see those….#littlejoys

Waiting for another rainy day…..

 

In haiku mood

 

When one is feeling low….stop doing everything….with a cup of coffee…sit near a window…listen to a bird sing….any bird…but if you are lucky…listen to a lark's song…have listened to many bird's song….according to me…the most soulful of all songs …is the lark's….

 

 

There is something about…a pond…out of no where….full of large green floating leaves….and in midst of them…the lovely lotus…lily…

As per my observation ….there is something peaceful …about the whole scenario…

Is that why…in the Buddhist culture…their writings…or even haiku's…for ex…Basho….there are many mentions of lotus…lotus ponds

 

Was in a mood to write haiku…this evening.,,

 

An young wild elephant.

 

This was how we saw him/her…for the first time!

We just decided to drive on the road towards BRHills….so locked our forest lodges…& left the place…as it is thick forest area…we are not supposed to stop anywhere in between…it can be dangerous …& one can be fined too

But after an hour or so…we found a lake…at the edge…of the forest…very calm…quiet…soothing..everything looked still…so decided we will stop for a few minutes…although we aren't supposed to….

 

There was a burst of colours…butterflies of so many colours….playing in abandon…

As I watched a log ….a family of tortoise….sunbathing..!!!

 

A pair of mongoose…hadn't seen such huge ones…eating something…very seriously

 

Suddenly trees sway…and a langur swings in….and it calls..inside the forests…they watch out for a langur call …it is a sign for a predator…or…any otherwild animal…

And langur was right…there was some trees breaking noise…and rustle of dried fallen forest leaves…was even more louder…

 

The young elephant appears…very shy…very apprehensive …all the way watching us…and quite from us…a pond in between….

Hides behind the trees…and watches…& watches…

We were thinking..it will come out…have a mud bath…or splash some water… But…no…he wasn't sure of us…!!!…may be it decided…to get inside forests…so it did…slowly it disappeared into the dense forests…while going it shrieked once…was it saying something to us…or…was that a shout out for its parents…we would never know…

But…all I can say…is in the wilderness …a glimpse of a shy wild elephant…are what the special moments are made of..

Few minutes…at a pond…inside a forest…was worth..an experience

KGudi….a wild experience

 

Back in sohar

My last blog…was on feb 1st…

How fast days have gone…went to Bangalore …like on a mission…to paint our home….40 days…of hectic schedule….but it was done…

A huge relief…&..time to get back to sohar

And a rainy welcome…at sohar…

 

Surprisingly…cooler than Bangalore ..!…windy…cold….

All my plants have grown…so are all the young ones of all the birds….

 

Wadis are full….such a treat to see…overflowing water….

As I get back to sohar routine…hope to blog regularly…if not daily

 

A little owl

 

A wise owl sat on the oak

The more he saw…the less he spoke

The less he spoke…the more he heard..

Why aren't we like the old wise bird..????

A nursery rhyme…which I learnt…& later read it out to my daughter too….

Like the other birds…we don't get to see a owl often…it is a rare sighting…mainly because it is shy ,camouflage itself well,also it is nocturnal…

Or if even it is seen we don't watch ,because of some silly superstitions…

But…I love owls…to me it is the most unconventional ,good looking bird..I have seen many times. ..but..while birding…3 days had the chance to photograph the bird…to my heart content….here is a photo blog

 

A hole…in a water sprinkler…is his abode…

 

It was quite wary..

 

Watches us…

 

Turns its face off…disinterested in us

 

Why are they looking at me..?….it must be wondering

 

Thinking….confused…

By then…vijay decides to get down …and go near for a good shot…

 

His round yellow eyes…gets rounder…yellower…scared perhaps that he was getting near

 

As vijay gets near…he starts to go deep into pipe…& then not seen

We leave the place..drive around for some time..& get back to same place…

 

It was back…this time a little bolder gaze..!

 

It was like…u stare at me…&.. I stare at you back..!!!

 

Then got into a peek a boo mood…!!!!…

 

I thought…it was high time we stop troubling the bird…so having said good bye …we left…

The little owl …must have sighed with relief…!!!

As we drove back…I wondered why an owl is called a bad omen..!?

For me…it is the most unconventionally …good looking bird…

Our home is full of things with owl motifs…

I end this with a quote from…Mehmet Murat Ilden

The inauspiciousness of the owl …is nothing… But the inauspiciousness of the man's thinking…!!!!!