The angle of the sunlight falling on the plant in this photo exposes the texture of the woody bark.
Sultanpur National Park in northern India is one of the best places in the country to spot several species of migratory and local birds, including this small bird perched on a tree in the park.
(Submitted to the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge: “Earth“)
Judging from the fresh, clean and supple appearance of the leaves in this photograph, the leaves are probably only a few hours old. The central stem too is an indicator of the plant’s age. Rather than being brown and woody, the stem of this plant is red and soft. This is one of the clearest indicators of a young plant.
The photograph is almost perfectly focussed on the border of the bottom-most leaf. This, along with the contrast of the leaf with the background, makes the jagged edge of the leaf distinctly visible.
A real scarcity of food had hit the small family of birds living in the hollow of an old tree. The regulars of the birds, including worms, flies, honeybees and dragonflies, had all been wiped out by the intense cold. Even the tree in which they lived, which normally retained a small amount of leaves during the winter, had lost all of its leaves and life. Times were truly difficult. The youngest and most active member of the family Jim had an idea to find food. His plan was to find a high vantage point and look for any signs of movement from there. He searched for quite a while for the perfect location before it struck him – the perfect point had been right above him all along. The tree in which his family and he lived was a good twenty-five meters tall – easily high enough to scan the neighbouring areas from. He flew up and perched himself on a firm branch. For the next few hours Jim observed and reported any sign of potential food to his brother down in the hollow, who would go investigate and fetch the food if there was any. Through this plan the family found ample food to survive through the winter and live to see another beautiful spring.
This photograph was taken in the world famous Jim Corbett National Park. Known primarily for its plentiful tigers, the park actually has a lot else to offer. Spotted-deer, sambar-deer, eagles, vultures, jackals, bears and alligators can all be seen in this prime example of unaltered nature.
A hungry caterpillar somehow managed to climb up a tall plant and reach one of the lush green leaves he had been observing from the ground. A warmth rose in his body at the prospect of the meal he was about to enjoy. However this warmth was unceremoniously extinguished when the caterpillar saw that another caterpillar had already eaten from that particular leaf. Even the beautiful texture and lush greenery of the leaf could not do much to improve the caterpillar’s mood. Caterpillars are known to be greedy and gluttonous, so it is understandable why this particular caterpillar was aggrieved at finding the leaf half-eaten. Not willing to compromise his morals by eating a half-eaten leaf, he made the long journey back down and started looking for more leaves, preferably uneaten ones.
The above story is probably a decent reflection of the actual story surrounding the leaf in the photograph. The leaf is lush enough to attract most caterpillars, and the holes certainly resemble caterpillar bite marks.
If the story is accurate, a marvellous transformation is about to occur. The caterpillar, fattened up on leafy treats, will soon spin a cocoon around itself, shielding it from the outside world while the change takes place. After a while, it will emerge as a beautiful butterfly, almost unrecognisable.
(Submitted to “Details“, “Close Up” and “Tuesdays of Texture” @ https://narami.wordpress.com/category/tuesdays-of-texture/)
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