White chrysanthemum flower

Eulogy

Remember not how
They left us so abruptly
But how they had lived.


Photo: Tomo.Yun | yunphoto.net

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Atlas Moth caterpillar

Bugger Off!

Tiniest blue shoes
Preventing their owner from
Falling on your head.


Atlas Moth (Attacus atlas) caterpillar
A large moth endemic to forests in Asia. With a wingspan of up to 30 cm (11.8 inches), it is one of the largest lepidopterans (butterflies and moths) in the world. Its ravenous caterpillars can grow to more than 10 cm (3.9 in.) long, and a cluster of them can strip their host plants (various mangrove and fruit trees) bare in a matter of days. The blue “feet” (prolegs) visible in the photograph above will extend and retract as the caterpillar moves along the branches.

Photo: SH (Writer’s friend)

A running White-breasted Waterhen (Amaurornis phoenicurus)

Nope, You Can’t Catch Me!

Cheeky mime faces
Turn and flee the moment you
Raise your camera.


White-breasted Waterhen (Amaurornis phoenicurus)
A waterbird widespread across South and Southeast Asia, with an amusing white face and a sneaky gait. Commonly found wandering around singly or in pairs to look for food, but can be quite twitchy if you get too close.

Photo: Writer’s own

Close-up of the eye of an Australian Giant Cuttlefish (Sepia apama)

Close Your Eyes And You Shall See

Magical brushstroke
Drawing you into portals
Far beyond the stars.


Australian Giant Cuttlefish (Sepia apama)
The world’s largest cuttlefish species, native to the southern coast of Australia. It can grow to 50 cm long and weigh up to 10.5 kg.

Photo: Richard Ling | Flickr

Dark and white chocolate chips

An Irreversible Game

Heated battle from
Black to white and back again
Ends in the oven.


Reversi / Othello
One of many two-player strategy board games that makes use of black and white playing pieces, but which requires you to flip your opponent’s pieces to your assigned colour by bounding their pieces to two of yours.

Photo: SugarScape | Blogspot