Happy Signs on a Lonely Ranch

 

Embers

Despite their full promising days, there is usually an odd feeling that gives me the shivers whenever the -ember months approach. The reasons for this, of course, are not far-fetched. First, of the four -ember months, one must definitely usher me into a remembrance of my birth, a happy moment usually short-lived as I also have to celebrate the exit of a beloved mother. Second, as much as I love Christmas celebrations, the anxiety of the New Year often make me a worrier such that I barely notice when the Christmas trees are decorated and lit up until late in the first half month of the new year when the trees have served their purposes and are about to be taken down.

But walking on a lonely ranch last afternoon and seeing some of these very happy signs, I can confidently affirm that this year is surely ending on a blissful note for me (and I hope it does for you too!)

But what are these signs that I’m so excited about?

First… Clean clear paths

Path

Normally on an afternoon like yesterday’s, the ranch I visited (which is nested somewhere between my neighborhood’s estate) would be busy with people—mostly wanderers like me who I’d have to share these paths with. But for some reason(s), I only met  a clean clear path that stretched before me and beckoned to be marked with my footsteps.

Path 2

 

Colorful Butterflies…

Butterflies? Yes, butterflies. These very beautiful and colorful creatures seemed to have been stalking me for days. But yesterday, they flew right to where I was brooding alone and simply took over my entire evening! I wouldn’t say I’ve not seen many of this breed in my lifetime, but never have I been so happy to witness such an interesting moment live! And to think I was also allowed to intrude and take a shot of them? Well, it’s definitely gonna be colorful -ember months and a New Year!

 

First

So while I’m basking in the euphoria of the four promising months that end this year, allow me to also wish and usher you all into a blissful September, October, November and December!

 

 

Into The Wild I go

There’s always something refreshingly new about nature. And if you’re lucky—like I was today, you just might find that often, nature has more to reveal to you than anything you could ever possibly imagine. Earlier today, my wandering muse led my petite legs through a path into the wild, showing me layers and layers of beauty embedded in the most seemingly insignificant affairs of nature.

Foliage
Camouflage Affair

I wandered, learning from the tiniest insect whose survival depends on an insignificant twig, a rotten foliage in an inseparable union with the earth, a blossoming flower whose awaiting its pollinating suitors, a flowing stream underneath heaps of brown mud and sunbows radiating many shades of luminescence beauty.

Fallen
Brown Beauty

Then I found my lips parting in a whisper
How do I take part in all of these?
A rhetoric, Yes
But, No. Mother Nature gave an answer
Be careful what you ask for, human. For in this world, taking part means no turning back.
Then I smiled. And unto her I made a plea
Take me. Even deeper into the wild…

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Watercourse

Thursday. 12:45 Noon. Ibadan, Nigeria.