It’s July. That time of the year when the monsoon is supposed to be in full throttle. This year, though, El Niño seems to have done its share of work, leaving us with an erratic monsoon, patchy rainfall and more hope than showers. It is not just humankind that craves the monsoon. Look underfoot, peer into the grass, peep into the bushes, turn that stone with your toe. What you see will amaze you. Of course, nature never ceases to amaze.
The rains mean much for insects and their failure could challenge their survival. In their plight we see our own.
Like this damselfly, photographed by Sandy at Punchakkari wetlands adjoining Vellayani wetlands, which is Kerala’s largest freshwater lake. An agricultural hub, it is also rich in food for birds. Here, this Rusty Marsh Dart (Ceriagrion olivaceum), flecked with morning dew, awaits the sun’s warmth to dry off. This is the kind of monsoon emissary we love to celebrate. With its reed-like body and wings of fine gauze, it is a creature to marvel at. We gaze rapt at its delicacy, yet we know it is tough enough to withstand one dry spell. Survival is a hard game to play even in the preliminaries. Only the hardened make it to the finals.
So, while you send your prayers up for whatever team it is you are rooting for to win the FIFA World Cup, we here shall pray for rain. Meanwhile, dress up your screens with the hopeful colors of July.
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