Night fall

Dusk…,

When silence speaks….
When stillness is soothing….

When birds are back to their nests..,,
When bats and owls …fly out for their version of day …
When the temple bells chimes…
When the tube roses fill the air with their fragrance…

When the crescent moon smiles…
When the nightfall happens…
   
    
   

Life at backwaters

By evening…as the sun begins his descent…..a variety of shorebirds….land near the backwaters…

Plovers…sandpipers….herons…terns…

First a nice refreshing dip….then grooming themselves …& fishing to their heart content…..

As the dusk sets in…just before the nightfall…in their own flocks….they fly away to rest for the night…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And ….this Indian roller bird…watches them…from far

 

Far away in the mountains

 

A few days back…drove up the mountains …early evening….

The skies just started to change colours…as we reached the top of one hillock …

Our usual stop….as it is a sunset view point …

As it got colder…the sun began his descent…

On one faraway hillock…spotted a lone donkey…and within few minutes he was joined by 3 dogs…

As I noticed…I realised it was an unusual friendship …

 

 

 

 

It looked as if the donkey was saying …& dogs were listening to him…

The dogs played for sometime ….the donkey… Just stood ..watched them…sometimes brayed….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then he started jumping…first I thought he was playful…but once I zoomed my lens…I understood …his legs were tied…he was trying to untie himself…and his friends watched helplessly…

 

After sometime he gave up…it started getting darker…at nightfall…I saw him walk away …and dogs went along with him….

 

May be he was left behind by his herd…or may be he preferred to stay back…

 

I hope…by now….somehow he has freed himself ….

 

Yellow flower

One can't miss an yellow flower….

It just stands out…

Sometimes mellow…sometimes bright….yellow is yellow…

It is the most obvious of all colours …whether in a rainbow…or amongst the flowers..or in birds….

It is the most visible….

In the flower world…too…yellow is the most popular choice…most flowers are yellow…

And birds & insects too…are attracted most to yellow flowers

 

A morning drive ..found a vine…full of yellow flowers by the roadside ….

And the flowers…attracted variety of butterflies…

 

 

 

 

 

May be yellow…is our chance to feel & touch the sunlight…

As Van Gogh said…

How wonderful yellow is

It stands for sun….

 

Cherryblossoms….

Sakura….is her Japanese name….she was on my wishlist…for as long as I can remember….

I love flowers……the most loved on my list would be cherry blossoms…the so delicate…pink flowers…with a more delicate fragrance ….

 

We had plans of going to Japan or Washington only during the cherryblossom season…

 

But…as I always believe…life had other plans for us…

 

In April …for few days we went on a short holiday to Germany ….and it was the season of cherryblossoms there…winter was just over…Spring was around the corner…the bare trees were yet to be dressed with leaves…tulips too were beginning to bloom…but the city was glorious with all colours and sizes of cherryblossoms…

 

I always imagined myself under a pink cherryblossoms tree…but there I was staring at a pristine white blossoms..with just a touch of pink…

 

When she swayed…those soft petals touching my skin…added with those cold residual raindrops…it was a dream come true moment for me…

What a strange thing…

To be alive…

Beneath the cherry blossoms

So…said Kobyashi Issa…in one of his famous haiku

But I disagreed with him for sure…I hadn't felt more alive ever…

 

 

I remember on the next day…we stopped at a little German town..Weiler…it was so picturesque …clean air…roads…typical German homes…mountains..& father Rhine flowing with all gusto…

As I got down the coach…I was stunned to see that avenue in all pinks…as far as my eyes could see…

I forgot my lunch…walked to the first fully bloomed tree…& just touched her..& thanked God for the littlejoys …and such an unexpected …fullfilling happy moment…

I held a bunch…touched her softly…and caressed my face with her…I had really waited for this moment …

There was a bench…underneath the tree…sat on it..drank a bit of water…ate a German biscuit…and had my Hanami moment…that is picnic Under a cherry blossom tree..!!!!

 

 

Then for almost an hour…it was just me…the swaying tree…falling flowers& petals…buzzing bees…cold mountain breeze…father Rhine whispering something…I didn't want that moment to end at all….

 

 

 

 

Reluctantly…got up to have my lunch…but I knew what it means for your soul to be satisfied…

It is the simple things which gives you that immense joy…always knew it…but experienced it that day…

If one wishes for something with whole heart…it happens…I believe it now

 

 

And as we left the town…one last glance…I somehow remembered Issa …the Japanese haiku maestro…

In fact it is because of his haiku…I first heard about cherryblossoms ….he has written so many about these lovely Sakura …

 

In the cherryblossoms shade..

There is no such thing

As a stranger..!!!

 

I sincerely feel…after this moment…the stranger in this haiku…isn't someone else…

Issa may have said that about ones oneself…

 

Yes…the stranger in me…the strangeness in me…had gone…had vanished into that thin mountain air..filled with the fragrance of cherryblossoms of Germany ….

 

A moment…a memory…I will take with me…when I go…finally

Experience a cherryblossom season…once in your life time…that is my wish for all

Cherryblossoms in Japan …is a symbol of hope…renewal…& transient nature of this short life…

It some how makes you real

A #waybackwednesday post…

#wordlesswednesday….cherryblossoms don't need words …they are meant to be seen..felt …experienced

 

Light

 

What …

If there was no light all…

Scary indeed…

 

But…I often wonder…with all the light…with all things beautiful sorrounding us…

 

We only have dark thoughts…dark ideas…

 

It is such an irony…

Instead of spreading light…goodness…happiness..

All we do these days…is spread negativity …unhappiness ..

And pushing the world to dark ages…

 

Sad..