Cuttlefish and its bone

It was a cloudy late afternoon, and on this fateful evening Harsha went to the sea shore, hoping to have a good run, because he had just eaten a heavy lunch at his neighbour's. He was also dreading the upcoming Navaratri, where he has to eat the same special lunches everyday for next 10 days. As such, he hoped to get back to runner's rhythm and not feel ‘ugggh’. 

While on his run, he noticed many a dead cuttlefishes, as well as jellyfishes. Trying his best not to stop while running, he promised himself that he would spend time on the beach after the run, and inspect these dead creatures to see if they are tweet-worthy.

The heavy meal didn't help much with running. So, he cut short his run by a kilo meter, and went investigating these creatures. Soon, he found a small lump of weird thing, which later turned out to be a cuttlefish.

This fish, having long lost its bodily features, wasn't rotten yet. Harsha picked it up, smelled it, poked it around and turned it upside down. "Aha!" he exclaimed, to no one in particular. He could see what looked like a bone! Using his bare fingers, he cleaned the skin off, to see the bone clearly, still inside the dead body.

For long time, some 20 years or so, he had been wondering where in the cuttlefish this bone exists. He doesn't have to wonder any more. Now, if he can somehow squeeze out this bone right out of this fish, he could find closure, and thus never have to wonder again ever about cuttlefishes while running. Also, who knows, this could be tweet-worthy and might even get a few likes.

Thus, Harsha started to see if he can put enough pressure to break the skin off. Holding his cellphone is one hand, because there is always a chance of a rogue wave that would sneak up and drench his short, should he keep his phone inside his short's pockets. Clearly, this man has learnt from his repeated mistakes. Thus, using one hand and one leg, he started dig in to the body to squeeze out the bone. "Surely this man has lost his mind" is what a bystander would have thought, if there were any. 

He had to put quite a lot of pressure and soon he found himself staring at the cuttlefish bone, fresh out of its protective body, out in the open, ready to be tweeted/emailed/blogged.

After taking few pictures, he left the fish and its bone, to be taken care by the tides and the winds. He walked along the shore, feeling very productive.

Look what kittens brought home!

This late evening, kittens were huddled around something and were very alert! It usually means trouble. It was.

They caught a neat little baby snake! Later Shaleen of later identified this baby as Common Wolf Snake. They are non-venomous, nocturnal snakes.


After chasing the kittens away, I inspected the baby snake for damages. It wasn't hurt, luckily. I couldn't identify the baby snake, it didn't look like a cobra, viper, nor a krait. I took the baby snake inside the house where there was better light, grabbed the camera and took few pics. 


Kittens, all three of them, weren't too happy with my meddling and wanted their toy back. I had to take the baby snake away before I could figure out better light and camera setting to get good pics :-/

Anyway, baby snake is now swimming happily along the rain water stream near by, and kittens found some other distractions to keep themselves busy for the night. 

So cool to see this fairly unknown snake, that too a baby! 

A cobra visited us on Naga panchami!

So, Mom and I were drinking coffee this evening, which happens to be Naga Panchami festival. Mom had given the offering of flowers, camphor, coconut and bananas to bunch of Cobra statues this morning!

Just about then, I see this slithering shape crawling right in front of the house. With no hesitation, I called out to mom, 'Maa, nagara haavu!' and ran for the camera.

I clicked a few pics with a wide angle lens, then asked mom to keep an eye on the cobra and went inside in search of better lens! The cobra though was not in any hurry and was just slowly heading, with no particular destination in mind!

With my trusty 100mm lens, I ventured out, stalking the cobra. Of course, cobra warned me early on itself! Now it had already crossed the granite floor and had crawled into the garden. It had rained heavily and there were rain water puddles everywhere.

I managed to get some close ups, and then I stopped clicking photos and just watched this glorious fearsome creature crawl towards the bushes near by. within few moments it disappeared!

What a nice, pleasant surprise to see a beautiful cobra on the day we worship them! 

Territorial fights

There was a territorial fight between two peacocks, until the neighbour's dog chased them away. Both the peacocks were sizing each other up, circling around, staring each other. 

Occasionally one of them would jump high up, then the next one! This went on for a while!


Heron's dinner

A Purple heron gulps down a Checkered keelback snake. I shot these from quite a distance, else there is a chance heron might drop the meal and fly away. It spent quite some time to eat the whole meal. RIP snake.

Shot under low light conditions with some rain drizzling along as well. 

The Red Box

A slice of toast, half a glass of orange juice and a bite of an apple. That's all she ate for breakfast. You see, she woke up late today. She was waiting till late last night for her man to come home. He didn't, at least that's what she thinks.

She woke up to find no sign of him at home either. But there are subtle misplaced things around, wet bathroom floor and the mild perfume odor tell her that he might have been home late last night and left early this morning.

Well, time to rush to work. Go through the routine at home as quick, careless as possible.

She stepped out of the home and locked her door. Just before she closed it, she noticed a red box on the side of the couch. What is that?

No time to go back check, gotta catch the cab to office. 

She couldn't stop thinking of the red box the whole day. She even did a mental math to see if she could come home to unbox the red box during lunch break. She decided it's a bit childish to actually do that. 

She isn't spontaneous as she used to be. That spontaneous spirit is what attracted him to her, he used to say. What happened in the last few years, she wonders every now and then. The magic seem to have worn off. 

What is that red box, why is it there ? Did he drop it off ? Is it a gift ? What's happening, she wandered off in her chain of thoughts during the tea break. Should she mention it to her colleague? Well, she didn't. She isn't that careless these days. 

The evening rush hour only made it worse for her. She came home, and without any effort she walked to the couch.

Red box is gone.