Man Vs Nature #haibun

Colleen’s challenge photo prompt

Image credit: Balaji Malliswamy

Spy in the thickets
camouflaged behind that lens
incessant voyeur
filming death’s emissary
Upclose, flirting with danger

Wildlife extraordinaire, Balaji Malliswamy, pit his revered arsenal of filming skills against the apex predator of the deep.
Hiding in the vicinity of the mother gator’s burrow, surveilling her every move.

But unbeknownst to him, she was watching even closer. Pinging his position by his scent
and holding the flash of his lens with her hypnotic gaze, a deadly ancient technique.

The night Swamy would take his special shot would be his last.

Cold blooded, the mother gator lowered her body temperature and slipped past his thermal sensors, rendering his night vision cameras useless.
He was all but blind to her scaly green and brown hide and that’s when fear cascaded upon the night and dread gripped him.

There she was, slithered besides him, tense and ready to spring.
Baring the deadliest smile he would ever witness.

Man’s technology
Nature’s ingenuity
Mano-e-mano

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This is entirely fiction. Balaji Malliswamy isn’t in any croc trouble, he simply has the credit for this amazing photo, which was chosen by Vashti as a prompt for Colleen’s challenge this week.

Hope you enjoy this.

Man has the power to create but nature is the ultimate creator in my opinion.

46 Comments Add yours

  1. Sadje says:

    Oooh! Chilling

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Hehe, that’s a very chilling stare Sadje ๐ŸŒผ

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      1. Sadje says:

        I agree.

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  2. memadtwo says:

    Their stealth and quickness to strike are well known–youve captured the tension of it. (K)

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Glad you like it K๐ŸŒผ thank you

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  3. s.s. says:

    Powerfully worded. Captures the moment. From both sides ๐Ÿ™Œ

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much, I’m glad you like it

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  4. WOW. I am speechless. This is a masterpiece.

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thanks a lot Gabriella ๐Ÿ’œ I’m glad you like this one

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      1. My pleasure. I was breathless after I read it.
        I hope you are well.

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      2. judeitakali says:

        I’m well, I hope you are well too Gabriella

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      3. I am thank you.
        xoxoxo

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  5. Jude! Oh wow! Incredible tale you told which morally tells all, don’t fool with Mother Nature for She is no one to fool around with. Oh I get it! Many however don’t. Bravo! xo

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    1. judeitakali says:

      I’m glad you get it Amy๐ŸŒน
      Thank you so much for this encouraging remark

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  6. Vashti Q says:

    That gave me goosebumps, Jude! I love where you took this prompt. Brilliant! ๐Ÿ˜€ xo

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you Vashti. I’m glad you like it. You gave us an incredible prompt

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      1. Vashti Q says:

        I’m happy it worked out. That photo is remarkable.

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  7. PoojaG says:

    I agree- nature is the ultimate creator.

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Hi Pooja. I know right? But a man working with nature combo produces some marvels

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      1. PoojaG says:

        I think that’s the best combo!

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  8. A.S. says:

    Loved it!! The poetry, the tale, the image, everything was on point. Especially the tale, it really gave me chills!

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you bubble, I’m so glad to have you back reading ๐Ÿค— and I’m glad you liked this one, xox

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  9. michnavs says:

    I adore your creative imagination here Jude..
    “Upclose, flirting with danger”..and this one is epic…๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thanks alot Michelle, I’m glad you enjoyed this ๐ŸŒผ๐Ÿ’œ

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      1. michnavs says:

        I always enjoyed your works…๐Ÿ˜Š

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  10. Jules says:

    Some Crocks know who to eat… I remember the one in Peter Pan that ate Captain Hook! – I got to see the stage version with Actress Sandy Duncan as Peter Pan when I was a child…

    Nature has her ways. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Haha yeah they do. Poor Hook

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  11. -Eugenia says:

    Compelling! Well done, Jude!

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you Eugenia

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      1. -Eugenia says:

        You’re welcome, Jude!

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  12. Jude!! This is so darn good. I love the short story which is excellent Tanka prose, in my book. The additional Senryu at the end is perfect! What an entertaining read. โค

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you Colleen I’m glad you enjoyed this. It was a very fun and engaging prompt

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      1. I’ll say. The poetry this week was brilliant. I had goosebumps! ๐Ÿ˜€

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      2. judeitakali says:

        I read most of it too, it was fun and cool๐ŸŒผ

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      3. Youโ€™re such a great support, Jude. Thank you!

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      4. judeitakali says:

        My pleasure

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  13. merrildsmith says:

    A thrilling story–with such tension. I wasn’t certain if it was true or not, till the end.

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Merril, this is so encouraging. I’m glad you enjoyed this ๐ŸŒผ๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’œ

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      1. merrildsmith says:

        You’re very welcome.

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  14. Whew! I was very relieved to see the fiction disclaimer at the end.

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Haha, yeah I couldn’t let people think Mr Swamy was really gone, I realized it after I’d written the post

      Like

  15. Anisha says:

    I had an idea in mind to write on apex predators, and here you are, adorning it poetically!

    It’s true that nature overpowers us by all means. I thoroughly enjoyed the picturisation, that’s almost a nightmare for any photographer!!

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you Anisha, I’ve seen some of those wildlife film crews on documentaries, it’s not a job for the faint hearted. They run into all sorts of trouble

      Like

      1. Anisha says:

        My pleasure, it is! True, they are bravehearts!!

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  16. macjam47 says:

    I love your poem, especially the ending. Well done!

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you, I’m glad you like it and happy you stopped by๐ŸŒผ

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