I have fascinating memories of watching the movie ‘Twister’ where tornado chasers go hunting twisters to study them. Something close to that happened to us when we were driving on an evening safari in early June at Kanha National Park.
Everything seemed bright and sunny until suddenly without almost no warning clouds started invading the blue skies in swarms bringing out a lovely evening shade of sunlight (that my photograph poorly captures).
But it was not just the light- brilliantly cool (after the very hot afternoon safari) gusts of wind bringing with them thousands of ‘mini helicopter’ taal seeds blew in our direction.
These seeds are a veritable miracle of nature being so aerodynamically shaped with three helicopter like blades that helps them to be carried over long distances by gusts of wind to germinate at places distant from the parent tree.
We stopped to take photographs and videos of these seeds all the time mindful of the fact that we could be caught in a very heavy downpour (now that the lightning and thunder had also started). We eventually reached the gate and rushed to our resort- where we sat down amidst a power cut to enjoy nature’s fury.