09 August 2018

Middle Path (ThursdayTreeLove)



My walks have been taking me on a different route, the change being dictated by the incessant rains that render my usual path too slushy for a comfortable walk. These trees growing along the edge of the cut face of the hillside always caught my eye.  Their roots seem to have bored into the stone in a bid to stay alive, support life. 


The road we walk upon has been built by breaking up the slope of the hill. Each time it rains, there is extensive erosion and I wonder how long the trees will continue to live in this habitat. The hills of Pune are under a constant threat that goes under the name of  development. 

Clinging on
The trees have survived through vagaries of nature but can it withstand the onslaught of plans created by Man?

Of course we need roads but we also need our hills and trees. 
A golden middle path has to be found.

I am joining Parul in her ThursdayTreeLove bloghop.
Do head over to see some fantastic trees from around the world.
Better still, join in!

PS: This tree is the Boswellia serrata of the Burseraceae family.

14 comments:

Mascha said...

Their roots make truly a hard job.
We have a big drough here this summer, I'm just in a worries for all our trees.
Greetings from Germany

Alana said...

We've had way too much rain lately where I live. We had flash flooding (not in our neighborhood, but still...) last night. When the ground gets that soggy, it can get bad for trees, and deadly for those in the vicinity when they fall, as you well know.

bellybytes said...

What a shame that this poor tree is literally clinging on for dear life. The Pune that I grew up in had lively tekdis that we clambered on . It’s a shame that in the name of progress we destroy nature.

Archana said...

Thanks Mascha!

Archana said...

@Alana Totally agree. While rain is necessary, too much can wreck havoc. Many trees fall in my city simply because of haphazard lopping - then the branches get weighed down with raindrops and come down. Luckily only a few species show this behaviour.

Archana said...

@bellybytes The tekdis do have some trees left but there are several plans for roads, 'development' that I am not confident that Pune's hills will remain as they are.

Parul said...

That is one beautiful example of survival. You are right that erosion takes away so much soil. Thank you for joining. This was a unique one from your walk this time.

Archana said...

Hi Parul! Thank you!! Happy to share my walk views with tree lovers! :-)

Shilpa Nairy said...

Yes, Well said Archana. We should undertake development along with preserving natural resources for future generation. Sustainable development is required!

Archana said...

Amen to your thoughts Shilpa. Happy to have you visit my blog :-)

Chandra said...

Amazing! I love the Muir quote. Perfect!

Archana said...

Thanks Chandra. Keep visiting :-)

G Angela David said...

I love the way you have captured this tree.... these are truly surviving trees... which has stood the test of time not giving up easily, thanks for inspiring me with this image.

Archana said...

Thanks Angela. So happy that you find this image inspiring :-)