Tale Of A Creepy, Spooky Afternoon

Yes, afternoons aren’t the same anymore!

Afternoon is a nice part of the day when one can relax up a little to enjoy a nice lunch and looks forward to end a day on a good note.

But for me, the afternoon of this past Monday turned very bizarre.

I was on leave from work on Monday because Uzair was sick. After having my lunch, I was in mood for an afternoon nap because having such luxury on weekdays is a lifetime opportunity for me these days.

My niece, Zainab, returned home from school crying. I, along with my parents and Uzair, went outside to see her. When my father asked her what happened, she pointed towards the sky.

That’s when we saw this:


The entire sky was covered up with a gigantic swarm of locusts, who appeared out of nowhere.


On weekend, I saw news on local TV channels about few areas of Karachi, far away from my home, are under a massive locusts attack.


But I wasn’t expecting to see them in my area at all, which was quite an unusual sight.

Luckily, they didn’t wreck much havoc in Karachi but did left the people wondering about their sudden appearance. Some local newspapers claimed that this was the biggest locusts attack in the city since late 60’s.

As I was at home, I grabbed my smartphone and headed towards the rooftop as I took several pictures and even made videos of this rare phenomenon, which I have seen for the first time.

Check out these gifs I’ve made from my videos:

Locusts attack in Karachi

It was truly an unbelievable sight!

Locusts attack in Karachi

For 30 minutes, they were all over the sky. I did spotted several of them sitting on nearby trees but they didn’t seemed hungry as they didn’t ate up in the way they are famous for.


For Ann-Christine’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #71 – Creepy and K’LEE AND DALE’S COSMIC PHOTO CHALLENGE: SPOOKY!!!



24 thoughts on “Tale Of A Creepy, Spooky Afternoon

  1. Kirstin August 10, 2021 / 6:59 PM

    WOW. That is creepy. Yikes. Catching up on everyone’s bug posts from last Sunday Stills.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Hammad Rais August 10, 2021 / 10:24 PM

      Yes, creepy it was. And I’m glad it happened only once in my town.


    • Hammad Rais August 5, 2021 / 10:49 PM

      We were all okay but quite shocked about this spooky event. Damage wasn’t done in the urban area by this locust swarm but they certainly wrecked havoc in the countryside the following weeks.

      Liked by 1 person

    • Hammad Rais November 19, 2019 / 3:19 PM

      Saw in news few hours ago that same swarm wrecked havoc in crops of countryside yesterday. Fields mostly ruined.

      Liked by 1 person

  2. calmkate November 15, 2019 / 1:16 PM

    definitely spooky, like an Alfred Hitchcock movie 🙂
    Glad you captured it to share with us!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Hammad Rais November 15, 2019 / 2:26 PM

      Now that you have mentioned Alfred Hitchcock, I’m now wondering what if this swarm had arrived in my city after watching The Birds.

      Liked by 1 person

    • calmkate November 15, 2019 / 3:39 PM

      lol would certainly have put the wind up you 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  3. Lisa Bradshaw November 15, 2019 / 12:18 AM

    What a scary phenomena.. You read about locusts in the Old Testament but to actually see it..

    Liked by 1 person

    • Hammad Rais November 15, 2019 / 12:33 PM

      Though bizarre but once in a lifetime experience this was for me.

      Liked by 1 person

  4. K'lee L. November 14, 2019 / 11:36 PM

    Wow! Spooky and then some!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Ann-Christine November 14, 2019 / 8:22 PM

    Oh my, this is the creepiest ever. I have only seen this on TV, nature programs. I would go crazy if I couldn’t get indoors. Thank you for the photos, and the short movie made it all so real. hope they have disappeared now!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Hammad Rais November 14, 2019 / 9:57 PM

      Seeing this in real was both bizarre and interesting for me. I kept myself on the rooftop, wondering about this wonder of nature. They have disappeared now but I will certainly not forget them.


  6. Tina Schell November 14, 2019 / 6:40 PM

    Hammad, that is probably the creepiest thing all week because it’s so real. I’d be crying too!!!!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Hammad Rais November 14, 2019 / 10:00 PM

      Watching that swarm right above my head was definitely one unforgettable experience of my life. Uzair also watched them up, right next to me, with full excitement.


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