I met this dandy who challenged the azure skies and the turquoise blue waters in Ho Tram (a small beach town near Saigon). The pristine beach with its blue waters, lined with casuarina trees is a nature lover’s sanctuary. Even though I missed watching the rising Pink moon of April, I was in for a surprise the next morning. Nature never disappoints you! I have never thought that shades of vibrant blues and reptiles go together. I searched for the name of this lizard (or chameleon?) and chanced upon a National Geographic article on this blue headed lizard species that was identified by scientists in 2013, in Vietnam. It is called Calotes bachae. During mating season, to attract females, the males turn into striking blue hues. The head is vibrant cerulean and turquoise mix of blue with a bright yellow whisker like patch on both sides. This lizard seems to be unperturbed by human presence. He happily posed for me with many happy nods of appreciation. It is beyond doubt he sensed that I’m an Indian and he could connect well with copious nods.
”Who said I camouflage? I flaunt my colours!”
Calotes bachae, the blue headed lizard seen in Vietnam.
This week’s wordpress photo challenge is to share a photo of something unlikely, an object or a person in an unlikely place or a serendipitous accident. I have been looking around for my feathered friends in that quaint beachside resort. A fairytale style forest dragon appeared out of the blue! He was basking in the morning sun on a casuarina trunk. A least expected experience; an unlikely as well as a serendipitous one! I am not a fan of reptiles, but this flamboyant guy won my heart!
This week’s wordpress photo challenge is Rise/Set
“I will show you the sunset if you will sit by me, but I can not bring it there, for so much gold is heavy”
Here are a few of my favourite sunset clicks
Sun, setting in all its splendour over (Wat) Svay Pope pagoda in Phnom Penh, Cambodia (a click from a running vehicle).
Sunset at Uluwatu Temple, Bali
“A merry road, a mazy road...”
‘Let Spring spring, or has it already sprung’? Anyway, let us spring forward! Here’s season’s greetings to all !
When the hills are abloom! (Central Highlands, Vietnam.)
Ashoka, ‘the sorrowless’,
Flaming blooms that gave
Solace to a sorrowful Sita.
One of the five in Kama’s quiver,
Set to stir young hearts.
Our Ashoka tree back home.
[ Saraca asoka, the Ashoka (sanskrit meaning-‘without sorrow’) tree is indigenous to the Indian subcontinent. The tree has a notable place in Hindu mythology and the Indian classic Ramayana. The bark and the flowers of ashoka have medicinal properties. Ashoka has fiery orange and crimson blossoms that bloom through out the year. The flowers are pinned close to the branches and the trunk. In Ramayana Lord Rama’s wife Sita was kept a captive by Ravana under an ashoka tree in a garden called ashokavani.]
Beautiful Ashoka foliage
Here’s a one from Emily where she compares leaves to women. I love the tone of the poem and the choice of words.
The leaves, just like women, seal a pact of confidence while interchanging their views and secrets. Their intuition or foresight or their reasoning skills are not to be questioned. They are wise, shrewd and good at judging men and manners. Let us see what Emily has to say,
The leaves, like women, interchange
Somewhat of nods, and somewhat of
The parties in both cases
Enjoining secrecy, —
The fairer sex is known (notorious) for their inability to keep secrets. Studies too assert that they would spill the beans in a duration of half an hour to 40 hours!
What can leaves do if the wind comes and eavesdrop and scatter the secrets, their views and judgmental opinions far and wide?!
NB I interpret Emily as I understand her.
“Hope springs eternal…”~Pope
And so be it!
(Jelly fungi (Dacryopinax spathularia) is an orange coloured edible fungi; it is an ingredient of a dish called Buddha’s Delight.)