The panorama on the sunrise side: an awesome view of Malarayat

The quiet panorama on the sunrise side of the farm: an awesome view of Mount Malaráyat and the river below the gap.

14 July 2011


I sure hope you wouldn't mind me posting about some of my housemates (there are two in the photo, one on the upper right corner; its colors show through the shaded part). Geckos go about their solitary lives not minding us and so we can also go about not minding them, right? They co-exist with us, preying on insects that would otherwise bug us, literally and figuratively: mosquitoes, gamú-gamó (that, I hate!!!), spiders, and apparently even small rodents.

Their croaks animate what would be otherwise boring evenings. Tú-kôh, tú-kôh, they vocalize and will make us scramble for flashlights to find them and watch their fascinating colors. Scientists have been trying to study and mimic their dexterity in the hope they can micro-engineer products using similar anatomy. Velcro was inspired from a shedding dog, and now self-cleaning windows are being devised by observing lotus flower behavior (which we incidentally have in the garden too). Bio-inspired engineering is the way to go, and we may start seeing our housemates in a totally new light.

So please, legal or illegal traders, just let them be.

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