I have written multiple times about our daily walks through our neighbourhood, and posted photos to prove just how beautiful it is to live surrounded by nature. But, it is not always peachy. When living in the middle of nature (even if fast depleting), one cannot avoid close encounters with wild life. While larger life forms (monkeys, deer, jackals that eat kittens (heartbreaking story, not be written), bandicoots that steal cat food) etc. don’t pose a threat (unless you are eating an icecream in the open), the smaller ones can be a nuisance. For example, the “krrrrrrnnnnnccchh” noise that results when you stamp a millipede, while walking with your head in the air can make you sit cross legged for days. Now and then, especially after it has rained heavily, your footwear, even open ones, could be resting grounds for life forms that biteth like a serpent and stingeth like the adder. Sometimes there ARE serpents and adders, that engage in combat dancing outside your yard, which fascinates and freaks you out simultaneously. Very often, a caterpillar (kambili puchi in tamil) could have taken a stroll along the outdoor clothes line, and when you wear, what appear to be squeaky clean and fresh smelling clothes, your body could break into a thousand hives that itch and burn that you wonder if deforestation may not be a bad idea after all.
Sometimes when you walk alongside an avenue of trees, and you are at the age when your eyes take a couple of seconds to shift focus from long-to short-distance vision (and you refuse to see an ophthalmologist), you may not really notice the tiny green worm that is hanging ahead of you by a near invisible thread from the branches overhead, until it strikes your face. By some divine intervention, the worm usually misses the eyes, but may brush against your hair or cheeks and leave you itchy for the rest of the day. But when you are lucky, what hangs at the end of the line of spider silk is not a worm, but a leaf, and if you had the leisure, as W.H. Davies would say, to stand and stare, you can see it dance in air, to the music of the breeze.
Yesterday, when dude and I were on our walk, we saw one such leaf. Dude videotaped it and gave it music to which to dance (romantic fellow – Dude, not the leaf).
Isn’t it beautiful?