What do I love about long walks? There’s no way of knowing what you’d come across along the way. And if you keep your eyes peeled, nature can put on quite a show. I guess, that’s where we learned what ‘ornate‘ means.

Northeast India Hoopoe

We’d walked for hours in the secluded forests of Nameri National Park. And although, our guide and couple of other nature enthusiasts were all we had for company – we knew the forest hid more than it showed. We’d hear more than we could see. Occasionally, we’d be lucky to chance upon something that moved.

Tokyo – Japan

In Japan, nature and concrete roads co-exist beautifully. After covering a long day exploring Tokyo, I wanted to call it a day. And then, we came across this flaming red tree. OK. So it wasn’t exactly burning. But, in the evening light of the sun, every leaf looked as if it had been set on fire.

Cologne Zoo

I don’t endorse zoos. After spending a couple of hours exploring the cathedral, my nephew needed something to keep him going. And that’s how we ended exploring the local zoo. I was pleasantly surprised at the wide variety of wildlife. After which, I didn’t mind the walk as much.

“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. … There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature — the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.”
Rachel Carson, Silent Spring






Posted by:twobrownfeet

Writer-Photographer Duo. Now in Seoul.

19 replies on “WPC : Ornate

  1. This is such a lovely post, words and photos. Love the shot of the bird, well spotted and wonderful touch of bokeh. And the tree really does look like it’s on fire. That quote by Carson is really meaningful. So true how predictable the day can be…and also unpredictable at the same time. I suppose it’s a matter of looking at the big and small pictures, so to speak.

    Hopefully your nephew had a good day 🙂

    1. Thanks so much Mabel! I can always trust you to read till the end. 🙂 My nephew seemed to have a drastic change in spirits at the zoo. He was transformed from a bored, sleepy boy into a boy who had found his home.

      1. And I am sure all the animals at the zoo were eager to see him. There’s always something fascinating about watching animals, another species, at the zoo whether we are young or old 🙂

      2. Have you ever wondered how animals perceive us? 🙂 I think they might find us strange and wonder why are we peering and watching them. That’s an interesting thought! Personally, I prefer animals in the wild, in their natural habitat. The thrill of being being closed doors and they – out there in the open is fascinating.

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