Here's the mighty predator of tiny little ants crawling back and forth, single file, on my guava tree! The little puddles that are created by the rains are replenished by more rain, and life in their myriad forms soon appear. Tadpoles and crabs, water-beetles and even tiny fish that somehow manage to stray into the network of water-bodies are seen. Yesterday I saw a kingfisher on a neighbour's mango tree,no doubt lured by the abundance of food in our low-lying locality. I had noticed snails in previos years but never as many as this year. I picked these to photograph them and put them back into the water as soon as I was done with them! The one on a small bowl is next to an empty shell of a garden snail.
Glory be to God for dappled things- For skies of couple-colour as a brinded cow; For rose-moles all in stipple upon trout that swim; Fresh-firecoal chestnut-falls; finches' wings; Landscape plotted and pieced--fold, fallow, and plough; And all trades, their gear and tackle and trim. All things counter, original, spare, strange; Whatever is fickle, freckled (who knows how?) With swift, slow; sweet, sour; adazzle, dim; He fathers-forth whose beauty is past change: Praise him. Gerard Manley Hopkins
The first flowering shrub I planted on our land
Every flower is a soul blooming in Nature.-Gerard De Nerval
Shall I not have intelligence with the earth? Am I not partly leaves and vegetable mould myself? -Henry David Thoreau