It’s November and after a prolonged and bumper monsoon, the rains have finally stopped.
Diwali, the festival invoking wealth and prosperity, is now upon us and with it, the inevitable mega displays of celebration.
Looking out of my 21st floor apartment, in stark contrast, is an empty space of land that stands out as an inky black spot in the midst of the psychedelic glare.
A year ago bulldozers came into the vacant plot and razed all the natural shrubbery and trees to the ground.
Though there is no dearth of people vying to grab a piece of this very lucrative pie, it continues to lie vacant until the letter of the law is defined.
Well, almost vacant.
Another interested party, and one that probably has the most right to do so, is quietly moving in:
While walking my dog recently, I spotted a few dragonflies and butterflies in the area. Which is why, more out of curiosity than conviction, I took my camera down last weekend to see what I could get.
It was amazing to see the variety of wild plants and flowers that have come up in the short span of time since the bulldozers were here!
They have to fend for themselves. And, all things considered, they seem to be managing pretty well without any human interference.
With the profusion of plants and flowers is the influx of other beautiful visitors.
(As a true amateur I concentrated only on the ‘large’ and ‘spectacular’! The actual numbers I’m sure are much, much higher).
Just for the record, I hope these images will also serve to reassure neighbors who have seen me squatting among the bushes, as to my true intentions and purpose of doing so!
Will Mother Nature be nurtured or at least allowed to flourish unimpeded?
And we all know the potential beauty that She is capable of bringing in.
I guess only time will tell, though the odds do not seem to be stacked in Her favor.
And on the other hand, the artificial, energy sapping, ear-splitting, and garish attempts of her human counterparts!
Diwali is here and we are all eager to celebrate.
How we choose to so, however, depends solely on us.
Here’s wishing you a Happy and eco-friendly Diwali!
PS. All the images on this page (including the header image) were taken on the vacant plot. In fact I got so many nice pictures that I had a tough time selecting which ones to put in!