Monday, 16 August 2010

Tread lightly

There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle– Albert Einstein

Watch what your hand brushes past. That curled leaf is an origami nest housing the single egg laid by the female giraffe weevil. The mother has thoughtfully injected a chemical into the leaf, so that its tissues undergo a cancerous growth and the larva when hatched gets sustenance.

Watch where you put down your foot next. The water running across the trail houses tiny monsoon crabs. Soon they will get busy burrowing into the soil, bringing in oxygen and keeping the cycle of nutrients flowing. But right now they watch you closely (almost sizing you up) for a split second before scurrying to safety.

Don’t come too close. That is not a dead leaf. It is the master of camouflage– the blue oak leaf butterfly. Its underside mimics a leaf perfectly down to the midrib. Would you believe that its upperside is a vibrant indigo?

So, please tread lightly. Here miracles abound. The tarantula has built trap doors out of silk thread, another spider is mimicking an ant as it goes out to hunt them, and another is weaving a fine web between the branches of the Kadamb tree– diversification and
specialization are the hallmarks among spiders too. Then there are the trees, the birds and maybe even a pair of eyes watching steadily.

Every mushroom, every termite, every falling leaf– every breath that is taken in and every breath released demonstrates a miracle. So, tread lightly and don’t forget to keep your eyes and mind open.


Asha said...


mridula said...

i love this post, so beautiful..

Anvita Lakhera said...

Thanks Asha and Mridula.

Anonymous said...

of dreams and nature's miracles and our rash hurry always. :-)
reminded me of these lines:
I have spread my dreams under your feet;
Tread softly because you tread upon my dreams.
~w.s. :-)

Anvita Lakhera said...

I'd say this is more about humans being just clumsy apes who understand so little but still think they know what is best for the planet. Meanwhile all other living beings do what they have to do, learn to adapt and co-exist :)

Prashant said...

Live and let live

Anvita Lakhera said...

Yes, absolutely. Its the most important thing one can do.