You all must be wondering why the hell am I sharing a pic of barren leafless trees for the Thursday Tree Love post? The thing is that these trees may appear lifeless but are actually the life of the landscape of Kashmir.
This is the Chinar tree or Platanus which is the pride of Kashmir and is covered with vibrant green leaves during spring and summer. Autumn is when these leaves turn yellow, orange and red. That’s the best time to view the Chinar tree but I love the sight of these skeletal ones too for they signify winters in this heaven on earth.
“Gar firdaus bar-rue zamin ast, hami asto, hamin asto, hamin ast.”
I had taken this picture in February 2017 on a trip to Srinagar and this is the island in the middle of Dal lake, known as Char Chinar. There are four (char) Chinar trees on this island on each corner and its quite the touristy spot. One of the trees is smaller than the other three as its been newly planted. It’s predecessor died of a natural cause and so a new one was planted.
All the shikara-wallahs love to suggest this spot to the tourists who happily oblige. In season, one can spot photographers with Kashmiri dresses that they offer for the tourists to wear and get clicked. There would also be a number of food vendors at the Char Chinar with Kehwa, roasted corn cobs, cucumbers, etc.
But during winters, all is silent and the trees stand bereft of their leafy cover. One can’t make out if their reflections are more serene of the actual tree. I was out for a shikara ride when I spotted this and just had to capture it in my camera. Chinar is my favorite tree in the world and I would do anything to be under them, summer or winter!
Leaving you with a shot of the Chinar tree in spring when its lush and green with life. Do you know that its always cooler under a Chinar tree as it keeps the sun’s rays at bay?
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Joining in the #Thursdaytreelove linky with Parul which is a fortnightly feature every month.
My previous post for this linky can be found here