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#ThursdayTreeLove- Umbrella tree

Today morning when I logged onto Twitter, I saw a graphic that asked if you were a:

  • Tree hugging
  • Flower sniffing
  • Animal Kissing
  • Planet loving
  • Dirt worshipper…………… and proud of it?

Oh yes this is truly me and I have been participating on a social media campaign to save the forests in my city. Much like Mumbai where the Aarey forests are facing the government axe, the Aravalli belt in Haryana is under threat too. Land mafia and mining contractors are out to destroy the Aravalli forest for their greed. This is being aided and abetted by the current Haryana government.

If you care for the trees and your right to breathe clean air, do join us in this campaign. We need every voice to make the deaf powers-to-be to hear this out aloud.

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thursday tree love- umbrella tree- srinagar- kashmir

This gorgeous tree grows in my bestie’s house in Srinagar where I have spent many a gorgeous holidays. She calls it the umbrella tree and I couldnt really find its true genus on Google – if anyone knows, please do share with me.

Its planted right in the center of the garden and is home to a horde of birds, especially sparrows and bulbuls. They flit in and out of this tree the whole day and keep it filled with their chirps.

In winters, its devoid of any leaves and is just a bare skeleton of gnarled trunk and branches. But then it gets covered in snowfall and looks like something out of a fairy tale. Dont believe me, see for yourself

thursday tree love- umbrella tree- srinagar- kashmir

Joining in the #Thursdaytreelove linky with Parul where we share a picture of a tree and mention in a few words why we are fascinated by it.

My previous post for this linky can be found here



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8 thoughts on “#ThursdayTreeLove- Umbrella tree

    1. Yeah I know what you mean – the best part is the birds flitting in and out of it. Almost looks like a magic trick as you cant see where they disappear inside it. I hope you do get one for your garden soon Raj 🙂

  1. This is one of my favorite trees!

    Kudos to you Shalini for joining the movement to save our home. We humans seem to have forgotten that we’re part of nature and by harming trees we’re killing ourselves.

    1. Oh wow thats nice to hear – do you know what its called? Do have one near you?

      I think we all need to seriously look at our consumption habits and think about the planet we are living on. The natural disasters are increasing day by day all over the world, yet we are cocooned in our bliss. Its horrific to see the way Indian govt has given permission to cut down thousands of hectares of forests in India all over without any thought or care. It all comes down to money 🙁

  2. What a charming tree! Aptly named umbrella. Did it grow that way by itself? I am always amazed at how many birds a small tree can be home to! And it truly looks fairytale-like in winter. Beautiful, Shalini!

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