#SoCS July 31, 2021

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “the last photo you took.” Take the last photo you snapped. What’s the first word that comes to mind when you look at it? That word is your prompt. Enjoy!


This evening we went to the lake in our place. It is a rain water harvested lake and covers about hundred acres. We love going there. The breeze and the water make it a special place. My last photo was of the lake. The water and the sky above fascinates me. This photo shows grey clouds above and their reflection in the water. Reflection is the word that came to mind when I looked at the photo.

I cannot have enough of reflections of the sky in the water. This lake is called Mannu Palla. Mannu is mud and Palla is lake. Long, long back mud was removed from this place for the tile factory. I don’t know when the factory stopped functioning. The place remained like a big crater. It was filled with water during the monsoon season. Very few people went there. Through the years things changed. A walking track came up around the lake. One summer the lake was desilted. In the middle the depth is about hundred feet. Pipes were fitted for water to flow in from all sides during the monsoon season. By September the lake is full. The rains stop in October-November. Then, water level comes down. By March we see the lake bed. Boys play cricket there 😊. We also see beautiful purple flowers, like a purple carpet. But the water never dries completely. This lake has helped to retain the groundwater.

Over the years reflections in the water have given me joy and I think of the many moods of Mannu Palla with a smile. I will always remember that evening a few years ago. The sky was a beautiful pink and the water was the same colour. The birds were singing. It was magical.

“Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.”
― Rabindranath Tagore, Stray Birds

By Lakshmi Bhat

I am a person who believes there is not enough darkness in the world to extinguish the light of a small candle. We live in a small place in South India. I love reading, blogging, stitching, traveling, photography, listening to people and many other things which make life so very nice and interesting. Blogging is a fun experience, it has brought me into contact with people in different parts of the world and it is good to read about their everyday life. In spite of the differences there is a sameness which is fascinating. I have learnt and am learning something everyday. I have learnt to write haikus. I enjoy combining the thought and the number of syllables. I have always read books and I was happy to write short fiction. I had thought I would not be able to do so. Stream of Consciousness and photo challenges are fun too. Yes, there is so much in life that is sad and that hurts us. Many a time I wonder why life is so unfair to so many. We all have problems in life but the problems of many seems unbearable. This makes me feel so helpless. It is not possible to help everyone but we can do our bit, we can do something to help some in whatever way we can. I used to go to the Home for the Mentally challenged in our campus twice a week. I have been going there since 2011. The members are an important part of my life. Covid-19 has made it difficult for me to go there regularly. Hopefully I will be able to go there again. There have been many challenges in life and we have faced them with a positive approach. Our grandson and granddaughter have made life so much more richer.


    1. Hi Astrid, I am glad you told me you are blind. My son, Arvind has Retinitis Pigmentosa. I describe to him all that I see , from his childhood. There are two small islands in the lake. Maybe long back they heaped mud which was not needed there. There are lot of trees there and birds have their nests there. They are black and white cranes.
      In the first photo after the first photo which I said was my last one, there is the round island and it’s reflection. There are trees around the lake and we can see their reflection in the water.
      In the second photo blue sky and whites clouds are reflected in the water.
      In the third photo, we can see sun light behind the clouds and it’s reflection.
      The fourth photo is taken much later in the evening, there is golden light around the sun and there is golden dot in the water. The trees behind are black.
      The fifth photo is blue sky and greyish white clouds reflected in the water.
      In the sixth photo we can see the lake bed with the island and trees on it. There is water beyond it. On the lake bed there is a bed of purple flowers. We see for some weeks every year .
      In the seventh photo it is dark all around due to dark clouds and the reflection of the sun in the water looks golden and bright.
      In the eighth photo the sky is turning pink and we can see oval shaped pink colour in the lake.
      And the ninth photo is that beautiful moment when the sky was a beautiful pink and the lake the same pink. I had taken a video of the birds calling out to each other. I cannot post the video because mine is the free plan in WordPress.
      That moment was so beautiful. It was in October 2017. Regards, Lakshmi

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  1. Very beautifully described the colours and moods of the lake and the nature around it this lake became our saviour during the difficult lockdown months wish there are more water bodies around the world it Soothes both man a d birds alike!!

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