2015 RETURN HOME

After arriving in the early hours and sitting some perfect time on the roof watching the mountain and the sky, I wandered along familiar tracks; here’s the beauty that passed me by:

In a nearby nursery, an Artist friend loads a truck of seedlings; villagers have requested them to be be planted in their village.
In a nearby nursery, an Artist friend loads a truck of seedlings; villagers have requested them to be planted in their village.”
A Peaceful sleep here by quaint old mobile shop near to Unnamalai temple and huge empty tank.
Peaceful sleep here by quaint old mobile shop near to Unnamalai temple and huge empty tank.
The king enjoys a leisurely snack while two minions wait patiently for his leftovers.
The king enjoys a leisurely snack while two minions wait patiently for stray spicy grains of his leftovers.
A sadhu busily burns plastic garbage before breakfast.
A sadhu busily burns plastic garbage before breakfast.
Despite unexpected unseasonal rain and the greenness that makes us all feel optimistic, the water table is very low and farmers hope for a good winter monsoon.
Despite unexpected unseasonal rain and the greenness that makes us all feel optimistic, the water table is very low and farmers hope for a good winter monsoon.
Here is an invitation to the forest with the green hill behind . . . I can hardly wait to accept . . maybe tomorrow.
Here is an invitation to the forest with the green hill behind . . . I can hardly wait to accept . . . maybe tomorrow.
Truck-drivers here taking a break from their All India Permits.
Truck-drivers here taking a break from their All India Permits.
Breakfast.
Breakfast.

Having not slept for several days I urgently needed to catch up with Sonagiri forest that evening by entering the seclusion and quietude.

The familiar track to My Bones Bush Lemon was obstructed by a cachophony of tangled thorns and even the detour proved challenging, but here she is at last.

The track that once led to My Bones Bush Lemon was obstructed a cacophony of tangled thorny vines and the detour likewise hit a matted thorny obstacle but finally I found her, here she is bared in beauty, reminding me as always of camels.  You can see below what I mean by a cacophony:

You can see what I mean by cacophony!

Although rooted to the spot, members of the Botanical Kingdom dance in concert . . .

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. . . . in gay abandon.

Forests dance the Life and Death Duet.

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Much refreshed I slipped through the boundary barricade, climbed the bank  and scuffled down to the frequently dry bed of the seasonal lake.

Through the thorn barricade, up and over the bank reveals the frequently dry bed of the seasonal lake . . .

Here individual trees stand spotlit with their shadows . .

Here individual trees stand spotlighted . . .

They become more personalised . . .

They become more personalised . . .

. . . Intimately so.

. . intimately so.

Events on their timeline reveal to us their stalwart capacities; zoom in here to see these Nahwals and/or Nirmadies - who can stand long in water, have roots growing half-way up their trunks - legacies from a good monsoon five or more years ago.

Events on their timeline reveal their stalwart capacities: zoom in to see these Nahwals/Nirmadies who can stand long among reflections while rooted in the lake-bed below . . .they’ve grown roots halfway up their trunks – legacies from a good monsoon at least five years ago.

And notice their resilience in complementing the vagaries of change. Members of the Botanical Kingdom form a congregation of artful Adepts.

And notice their resilience in complementing the vagaries of change.

Members of the Botanical Kingdom form a congregation of artful Adepts for the delectation of all: feeding us all – all sentient beings, fuelling all fires, purifying our air and  protecting our precious waters above and below.

The wild animals who live on and around Annamalai hillock are very shy and this is fortunate.

It is also fortunate that locals are afraid of the forest.

Being in wilderness requires solitude.

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