A tribute to my friend




Ganesh H Shankar
A tribute to my friend
A tribute to my friend

During the pandemic I spent most of my time sitting next to a window at my home working on my computer and watching how nature changes outside my window. How the leaves wither and how new shoots magically come. How a crow builds its nest, raises its young one while driving away cuckoos that come near the tree. How pigeons come together and continue their progeny. I also had a curious visitor at my window who would come and look at me from a foot or two away, raising its tail, occasionally squeaking once and moving away. That was my little squirrel outside my window. I use to sit quiet, not to scare it. Over time it understood I am a harmless subject. Once in a couple of days it use to come by, look at me and go away. We both seem to have learnt to talk to each other over time, without a language, without making a sound, just through our eyes. It use to make my days. I use to wonder what it all means.

Today, I heard a big commotion outside my window. All the birds and some squirrels in the near by trees outside my window were making screeching noise. I knew something is not right outside my window. I stood up and watched down my window. I saw a shikra (Accipiter badius) standing on my little squirrel. My little one got curled up. It made its last feeble squeak, gently raising its tail, one last time. Finally it became silent, became one among all the dead leaves there. I was shocked watching the shikra just a few feet away. Shikra looked at me to. I remained composed and silent. I did not drive it away. I did not meddle with shikra's life. Now it started peeling the skin of my little squirrel, relishing its hard earned meal of the day.

I hurriedly brought my camera to make a last record of the my little friend who visited me often. The camera had wide angle lens mounted. I did not care, it did not matter. The image may not be sharp, it does not matter either.

I am sure the shikra had a nice meal today. I am not sure where my little friend is now. I will continue to sit next to my window, waiting for another squirrel friend. Who knows, the new squirrel may not find me next to my window.

Emotion appears to be nature's design to help us survive. Such is the beauty of our life and beauty of the Nature!
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Commentby Venu Dharmaji on Mon Jan 31, 2022 9:27 pm

Indeed its a heart touching story behind the capture. Sorry about your little friend though :-(.
Sometime we do have a chance to save animals, but better to leave it to the Nature, for it knows better to balance!


Commentby Rajkumar on Tue Feb 01, 2022 8:06 am

I have always wondered about this in my mind. There are so many ways

The story as told by

- The Shikra
- The Squirrel mother
- Onlooker who likes raptors
- Onlooker who likes the squirrel
- A poet
- A Scientist
- etc

All these stories will be so different. By hearing them I wonder if we will know it is the same event or multiple events

(Not to forget some of the popular news channels ha ha ha )

Art is about what is inside rather than what is outside

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Commentby Ganesh H Shankar on Tue Feb 01, 2022 10:28 am

That is a nice observation Raj. At the end, I think it is all an unresolved mystery of the highest order. Except for plants, I am not aware of a moving living subject which lives feeding only on a non-living objects in the nature. Every such living creation of nature seem to rely on some other creation of nature for living! We seem to have disproportionately large part of non-living part of the planet available as "food" (and deposited back). However Nature seem to have preserved it by creating a chains of life. This appears interesting to me. Was this forced on the Nature to have this as a design? Who is there to "force it"? Was it inevitable? BTW, I am not implying "God" in the traditional sense here.

Ganesh H. Shankar
Wishing you best light,

Fine Art Nature Photography

Commentby Nevil Zaveri on Thu Feb 03, 2022 9:25 pm

I have come often to see n feel this moment with your POV as well as few others .. I feel speechless n sad, despite of knowing n accepting the nature of nature :(
May you have more friends at your window n the shikra find food elsewhere!


Commentby Raviprakash S S on Sat Feb 05, 2022 1:16 pm

It is difficult to witness the pain friendly squirrel is going through. Harsh reality. May you get many more friends soon.

I like the views expressed by Raj