Trees with personalities – photo feature
I have always loved trees but not in the way most people do. When I travel to different places I always notice trees but am too lazy to try and remember their names or pry too deep into their nature. I just enjoy looking at trees, like to bask in their shade, admire their uniqueness…and I also bemoan the lack of them! Maybe it was the long car journeys that we went on as a family that made me love nature and trees. Mumbai to Pune and back was a very regular feature (drove down to Goa several times too) but our journey from Pune to Ferozepur over 5 days and nights was one of my most memorable journeys.
You might find it strange but I always assumed that trees had feelings and personalities and that is why when I see a tree I see someone something unique in each. For example the Ashoka tree in our family home was a good friend and the first thing I would do every morning was to see if a new branch had grown, or it had changed in some way! That tree was unique and some trees are more unique than others, either due to their own uniqueness or due to their circumstances environment.
In this post I am going to show you a few trees that caught my attention during our car journeys in the recent past. I am not sure whether you will see in them what I saw, but it is possible that you might see something else. All these pictures are taken in the last year or so and are not pieces of art. The trees spoke to me about themselves and therefore they are here.
This first one is a simple photograph taken on the Mumbai Pune Expressway. I liked the tree because it was not very heavily dressed but still trying to reach up to the sky, trying to better itself.
The following photograph was taken while driving around the country-side north east of Mumbai. These trees reminded me of the people who had made the country-side their home…thin, hardy, tough and versatile, finding new ways to survive even as one avenue after another was closed. Even though they had few leaves, their branches reached out far and wide.
So unlike this lone tree which seemed shorn. Quite out of place, even though it had pride of place…one of the few trees on Marine Drive, Mumbai. Not just out of place and lonely, I felt that the city hadn’t been kind to it.
These two I came across in Pune. As soon as I saw them I was struck by their posture. I knew at once that they were the victims of a terrorist attack and that even though they were dying, this couple wanted to reach out to each other, they wanted to talk.
This tree isn’t huge or gigantic but it is still doing an important job. See how proudly it stands despite its shortness, lush and green in a bare land, giving shade and succour to the alien beings toiling around it.
This dancing tree I discovered on the Expressway, enjoying the fresh air and the sunshine. I imagined it was sun bathing.
This picture is of a common one seen in coastal areas of India…trees giving of themselves to humans.
This last picture is of a tree enjoying the luxury of a five star hotel. The tree looks old but still well fed and it’s likely to live a long life, with the kind of care it gets.
(All pictures are copyrighted to me)