We have a small terrace garden. Nothing spectacular, an assortment of few plants. But we like to take care of this little garden. One of the plants that we have had for a long time is that of Son-chafa, also called Champaka. Botanically Magnolia champaka, this plant has amazingly fragrant yellow flowers that blossom almost throughout the year. Anyway, this is not a story about the plants or flowers. This is a story about small insects that we found on the plant one morning. From where they came, we have no idea. But overnight the plant was flooded with hundreds of tiny black caterpillar like insects. They were the size of a clove. And they looked dark black in colour. They also seemed to have some monstrous power of consuming the leaves of the tree. So we decided to get rid of them. But as photographers, we have a different way of doing things. I wanted to take a closer view of this newly found “Clove Caterpillar”. And so started a session of macro photography.
This whole show really got me thinking. Being on the edge, taking a fall, enjoying the fall and then rising up all over again! The perfect way of life.
We discarded the idea of getting rid of these little dancers. Instead we collected them on a piece of paper and put them in the bushes on a nearby hill.