23 November 2017

Feeling Dwarfed (#ThursdayTreeLove)

Ever so often we feel dwarfed when next to some tall structures (monuments, mountains etc) or figuratively when we hear profound thoughts or deeds. Yet another occassion is when faced with monumental trees. Today I want to describe one such.

We had seen this one at a temple in Manali and I felt really small standing under it. The view as I looked up is in the image below and I could not see the tree top from where I stood. The branches created a dense mesh of sorts that filtered the sunlight as it reached the ground. 

Cedrus, Pinaceae, Manali, Trees

According to the locals, this is a really old tree, a claim which was supported by its height and girth. The tree is the Devdar which goes by the botanical name Cedrus deodara from the Pinaceae family. The leaves are needle like and the tree bears cones and not regular fruit that we are familiar with. 

There were several Devdars in Manali and in on the mountain slopes as well. Here is another one that I spotted. Its stem is twisted, I wonder why.....


The species is native to India and commonly found on the slopes of the western Himalayas.

Have you seen the mighty Devdar tree?

I am participating in Parul's #ThursdayTreeLove28. Head over to see some wonderful trees from around the world.

10 comments:

Barbara In Caneyhead said...

Seems similar to the white pines and cedar trees of our area of Texas. The view of the top being blocked by the branches makes me think of one's life journey, as we can see only to a certain point, but that doesn't mean there isn't much more ahead of us.

Alana said...

I had to look this up - this tree is popular, it would seem, in a lot of the southern part of my native United States - the Cedar Deodar, so Barbara may have seen them where she lives. It's described as a "fast growing cedar, long lived, easy maintenance". Alas, they aren't hardy where I live in upstate New York.

Archana said...

@Barbara Wow! You have put forth a profound thought! Totally agree.. Thanks for stopping by :)

Archana said...

@Alana This species doesnt grow in my part of the world either. Hence I made it a point to look it up when I visited Manali. Thanks for stopping by :)

Parul said...

I love Deodar and Chinar trees. These tall ones have a beauty about them and I am glad you captured it for us. Thank you for joining!

Archana said...

Thanks Parul. Happy to participate in this bloghop!!

G Angela David said...

No I have never seen a tree like this:) perfect and awesome, very beautifully captured and gave me a sense of wonder when I looked at the pictures you posted, thank you for sharing you brought a smile on my face:)

Archana said...

Thanks Angela! :)

Geethica Mehra said...

Archana, this is such a beautiful shot. Yes, we look like dwarfs standing under it. Those twisted branches are surely mysterious.

Archana said...

Thanks Geethica!