14 September 2017

Eyecatching (#ThursdayTreeLove)

These bright reds caught my eyes! Aren't they beautiful???

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08 September 2017

Towering (#ThursdayTreeLove)

Posting a little late but still... 

I had only read about this tree and for a long time, it remained just that.. a tree that would need a special effort to see... Finally it was a trip to (hopefully) see tigers, that let me see and admire the Sal. Its botanical name is Shorea robusta and belongs to the Diptocarpaceae family. Special effort because the Sal only grows in northern parts of India.

I saw the Sal forest during my trip to the Corbett National Park. In fact, the road to the Dhikala guest house is dramatic as it passes through these towering trees. It was early summer, and the time was right for fresh foliage to break out. Clothed in glorious shades of green, the Sal lived up to the image that was created in my mind. 

 An indigenous species, it is a handsome tree and the canopy casts dense cooling shadows. 

Sal canopy

Sal Flowering. Image Credit Rahul Rao
The Sal does face some threats, forest fires being a major one. Natural events like lightening too can damage trees. Infact there is landmark in the Dhikala zone called Mota Sal, which is the remant stump of a Sal that was struck down by lightening during a major storm... The stump still is quite awesome and my image does not do justice to its size...

Have you seen the Sal? Do make it a point to admire this glorious species whenever you get the opportunity!

I am participating in Parul's photo initiative #ThurdayTreeLove. This is my contribution to #ThursdayTreeLove22

And before I forget, yes, we did see Tigers on that visit!!

31 August 2017

Golden (#ThursdayTreeLove)

Salai, Pune, Tekdi

This is a Boswellia serrata of the Burseraceae family (locally called Salai). In the above image, the golden glow is due to the morning sunlight on its fading (hence golden yellow) leaves in the autumn. The hills in Pune have many Salai and its easily recognised by its peeling pale coloured bark. It blossoms in January though the flowers are not very conspicuous. The tree exudes an oleo-gum-resin which is said to have medicinal properties, as is the tree bark. 

Here is the same tree in the monsoon - isn't it a glorious transformation?? 

The following image shows the peeling bark. If you can zoom in, its possible to see a greenish layer beneath the yellowish papery peel.

Fall colours in the colder climates are a much sought after touristy delight, one that is high on my wish list. The deciduous trees in my city also display changing leaf colours in the autumn which are just as beautiful.  

Have you noticed leaves turning golden in November every year?

I am participating in Parul's photo initiative #ThurdayTreeLove. This is my contribution to #ThursdayTreeLove21