Video 2 of the Real Beauty Series is now live! It’s a lovely moment of mindfulness, with swaying boughs laden with flowers!
Sometimes, the simplest of equipment, the most basic of setups suffices to produce something marvelous.
Presenting: a phone camera macro, of a flower, a bee and even a tiny little golden ant!
The whorl of flowers seemed perfectly poised and then as I was taking the photo, this tiny feisty black bee landed on the petals and completely unconcerned about the giant with the phone filming the scene, it went about its vital job of nectar hunting!
It was amazing!
Found on a silver-golden morning walk.
– Sunlight symphony.
Just the bright in my life,
Give me the sparkle,
Dissipate the dross.
I want to surf the crest only,
The trough is not for me.
In the dance of lifts and swoons,
I would be ever airborne.
What do you expect,
If you trap a creature of mountain and air,
Here on the dreary plains?
Wings of mind,
Wings of spirit,
Wings of heart—
Carry me far aloft,
Into massed cloudbanks of wonder.
Indigo winds beckon,
Invite me into their play.
In a trance I dance upon the air,
Twirl around a swirling pillar of soft white,
And clap as a rainbow fills the skies.
Sometimes the simplest roadside plant can contain such a richness of color and beauty! Many mornings ago, these multi-hued confections of petals caught my eye…
They sprung up from a shrubbery in pops of brightness:
And on closer inspection, I saw:
Happy weekend! 🙂
The world is sparkling in color with the rains. The greens are greener and fresher, tender. The air is humming with cool freshness. And the flowers! Wow! The flowers are so happy, they almost dance!
Here are a few flower photographs captured on evening/morning walks around the neighborhood. On these walks I breathe! And sun-hunt and flower-hunt ever so happily.
First come the serene, rain drenched whites:
Then skip up the pinks:
Yellows nod at you cheerily:
Royal red says, ‘Yes indeed, more monsoons please!’
And did I forget the cat? Here’s the serene cat I met, resting ever so trustingly on a parked car. She was very gracious about being photographed.
What have you enjoyed about your walks recently?
Even the urban space yields encounters with the wild and wonderful. In the last few days I’ve been cawed at by a raven, blinked at by a cat, been slobbered over by the cutest lab puppy (no photos unfortunately) and watched the camel man giving rides to children, wishing I was 4 again.
Here are a few photos:
What have been some of your wild-ish encounters lately?
It’s been quite a ride, hasn’t it? Started as a way to feel creative, like me again, Light Under Shadow was originally called ‘From Deep Under The Shadows’; exactly what I felt like, that I was hidden somewhere in shadow.
From tentative beginnings to finding validation for being all that I can be, to this amazing milestone, of a 100 blog posts! It’s been a blessing to be a part of the WordPress blogging community for all these years!
I want to thank you for daily doses of inspiration and soulfulness and for the amazing support you have shown this whimsical little blog of mine.
Let’s take a walk down memory lane with a recap of a few noteworthy posts:
I hope to see you here for the next hundred posts! 🙂
Moving through the years, one accumulates a wealth of things. Some of these ‘things’ are material and many, many more are ephemeral wonders that bring a simple and bright joy. I got thinking about what are my newest favorite things and in no particular order, here are some of them:
The single green-yellow butterfly in the garden outside
Intense blue Pune spring and summer skies
The curtains of bougainvillea lining the main road
Brandy snap biscuits from the Cookie Man stalls
The miniature Van Gogh print on one of my bookshelves
Sketching and my new sketching pencils
Tart and tasty strawberry jam from Green Tokri that cures all ills
Guilty pleasure: Red Velvet pastries and cupcakes with delicious cream cheese filling from Moshe’s at Crossword, Aundh
Tea Tree Oil – amazing for skin ailments
The scent of lavender
Trying the Headspace meditation introduction course in quiet, luminous afternoons
Slowly getting my words and rhythms back
My new sunburst yellow kurta
The joys of planning a book out
The pain of actually sitting down to write it
Re-reading, re-discovering Terry Pratchett
P.B. Shelly Poems
The incredible and incredibly talented WordPress Blogging Community that inspires me so!
Being calm, gentle and open
Letting go of anger, and learning to be vulnerable again
My shaggy pink stuffed-toy mascot…
What are some of your favorite things?
All of winter I tarried.
The morning walk never materialized.
And then came warm and bright and welcomed me outdoors.
I went walking with the sun’s arrival and was rewarded—
With curtains and curtains of the pinkest bougainvillea!
Wreathed in vibrancy,
Making a glory of the road and trees and walls they embraced.
They nearly sing out to you, such colours they display!
And it is with a pink smile that you come back…
After being greeted so sweetly by Spring!
Just ripples and reflections and a hint of mist in the air…
Take a minute to stare…
When I’m stressed or sad or I want to soften my sense of self, I read Eva Ibbotson and her books for grown-ups and sometimes her kid’s books as well.
When I want to regain my sense of humor and buoyancy, I read the inimitable Terry Pratchett and his Discworld books.
I call this comfort reading.
And as I wander into another round of comfort reading, I started wondering about this phenomenon. So here’s a question for you:
Do you practice comfort reading too? Is there a specific book or author you turn to?
Here’s wishing you that special light you seek in this season of joy and wonder, endings and beginnings! 🙂
For the past month or so, I was in Bengal, where I am from.
It was an extraordinary month for nature’s beauty and bounty.
(Mangoes in August/September, what unexpected richness!)
And on the way to the airport, it was as if the land and skies shone especially bright. (Dare I say for me?)
I hadn’t seen such a crystal sharp, luminous, laughing sky in a long time.
Another rewarding experience was browsing through the airport bookstore and discovering they’ve stocked two books edited by me!
So this is a thank you to Bengal (and my Mom!) for a wonderful trip and an amazing send-off!
first it rained in a grey glow
and the filigreed leaves of the tamarind tree
danced in happiness
then there was a hint of light atop luminous cloud banks
then there was – outright and audacious – the sun
and green and brown sang out in glory
with the drama of the sky stage as a fitting finale
Just before the spring rains drummed out its beats
There was a day of transcendent brightness…
The world smiled!
Fluffy white clouds sparkled
And Green sang!
One afternoon in Goa a glass of ice-tea and the way it caught the light – the golden luminance of it fascinated me. I took so many pictures and maybe a few conveyed the glow my eyes saw.
Here for you, are : The Ice-Tea (Photography) Experiments:
An hour ago there was grey, visibility obscuring rain.
By the time I stepped out ( By secret pact) —
Only for me — came a little warm, damp sunlight.
Standing under a newly awakened, bright-leaved tree,
I looked up and saw the sun winking down at me.
A sparkle here, a glow amid the dappled dark – Kaleidoscopic –
Which made the soul sing for just a little while.