My lucky day! I'd always wanted to take pictures of a kingfisher I'd seen ever since the great deluge started. But every sighting also brought the realisation that they are really shy birds, and any movement, even from as far as 10 feet is enough for them to take off to blue or green (depending on direction) infinity! This morning this blue vividness calmly sat on this branch. I got this shot but although I was Stealthy with a capital S, it flew away. As if that wasn't treat enough the black one descended on another branch soon after the blue one left! I included this bird because of the shape and size of its beak. Thank heaven for this wire! At least I'm getting to click them! Then I came face to face with a mongoose. It was on the ledge next to my neighbour's frangipani tree. The first thought that came to me was--Ah! a picture of a mongoose! But I didn't get the same response. It just looked at me with a 'I know your type!' expression and was gone beyond the wall. But seeing it now gives me the hope that soon I'll be able to take a picture of this beautiful animal. Till then I'll be content with birds, and more birds!
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