Just hours after the rains broke the iron grip of the long drought, delicate seedlings emerge from the womb like earth.
The dry and ground up bones of the earth, the dust that seemed incapable of ever supporting life again has been reanimated within just one day.
Now dark, rich and sensuous it is latent the promise of growth, and blushes green with the burgeoning of the flowers.
These tiny and fragile seedlings belie their incredible strength and resilience.
In this moment all that keeps them alive is the slenderest of filamental root, that reaches tremulously down into the soil.
A careless foot or fickle gust will be enough to prevent the realisation of vivacity that the seed held.
It is the time of walking lightly over this ecology as the new life begins.
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Photo: Seedlings at Saladaviciosa. Courtesy of the author.