The ephemeral existence

Does the caterpillar know that one day

it would have the most beautiful wings to fly ?

or does it acquiescently weave its cocoon,

thinking it to be his finale resting place.

Does the butterfly have remembrance of the time

that it derisory crawled about?

or does it flutter about with such gay abandon,

knowing fully well the transiency of life.

For the beguiling God’s design, do we know for sure,

what is the beginning and which is the end ?

Do we lay ourselves to rest with our last breath

or does a new beginning await beyond such an obvious end?

 I still can’t help but wonder.

     -Mo Irom

Butterfly (2)

Butterfly (3)

Butterfly (1)

For my father,

in the hope that he has found peace and solace in a better place.

A feline encounter

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This is Tom D' Cat
This is Tom D’ Cat
He is a big cat, the biggest I have seen, almost a metre from head to rump
He is a big cat, the biggest I have seen, almost a metre from head to rump
He ain't your normal house cat, he is wild as they come
He ain’t your normal house cat, he is wild as they come
And what a hunk of a cat he is.
And what a hunk of a cat he is.
Nothing bothers him, dogs don't scare him...din't even give a cat's whisker to my being so near him.
Nothing bothers him, dogs don’t scare him…din’t even give a cat’s whisker to my being so near him.
But something awakens his interest
But something awakens his interest
And what have we here...HellooO....Meoowww
And what have we here…HellooO….Meoowww
She is a beauty
She is a beauty
Slender and graceful
Slender and graceful
The two gets close but still maintains a safe distance, just like the big cats do.
The two gets close but still maintains a safe distance, like all wild cats do.
Both are wild and can get ferociuos a the drop of a hat
Both are wild and can get ferocious at a the drop of a hat
And suddenly, Tom makes his move
And suddenly, Tom makes his move
She yields
She yields
The two go through the mating ritual, a number of times, each after a brief rest.
The two go through the mating ritual, a number of times, each after a brief rest.
Finally Tom is pleased, he seems to say 'Thank you lord for this day'
Finally Tom is pleased, he seems to say ‘Thank you lord for this day’
And then he hang up his boots with the thought 'Oh boy...What a great day!'
And then he hang up his boots with the thought Oh boy…What a great day!

Window wildlife photography

Spring is the time when I have a number of visitors, not the usual kind, but very agile, fleeting, restive and shy visitors who makes good an escape the moment you lay eyes on them. Staring out of my balcony, I am always pleasantly surprised to find quite a variety of animals, insects and birds alighting on the trees around my house, feasting on the fruits that spring brings as a bounty. Many of them so small that you will ever notice their presence unless you observe intently and of course secretly. The smaller they are the more agile and all the more difficult to photograph.

Most of us, engrossed as we are with our daily mechanical chores of existence, fail to give an eye to the beauties that nature bestows on us. Most escapes our notice, but for a conscious and an avid watcher, there is always something nice to see, even if you just staring out of the window. Here some wildlife photography done sitting at home…….all shot from out of my window!

            Small enough to alight on a tender leaf

A Kingfisher that has made its home in our underground water tank

That’s  what I call a window wildlife photography 🙂