Green Trees Inc.

For a long while as a preteen, I’ve had a history of referring to the colour ‘Green’ as ‘Hulk-coloured’.


True story. For two years in middle school, my whole aesthetic was ‘Hulk-coloured’. Starting from the school bag to t-shirts and nail polish, literally everything had the touch of green.

While I did get over my obsession of having everything green, it’s interesting to note that the colour has such a vast coverage. It’s the colour of nature itself. You’ve got the green of the sea, green leaves, green toads as well as green bank notes aka money, which does grow on trees if you’re speaking scientifically. Hehe.

In this blog, I’m going to focus on one of the above elements, aka trees. Of course, we’re going to explore a wide colour palette when it comes to trees but I feel that the colours of nature are really amplified on the green background that the trees provide. So, without further ado, let’s go green!

This is a picture taken from my balcony at home. Pune is essentially rather green and where I live, the whole view is like a green carpet of coconut trees mingling with some others, making the area look like a proper forest. In this particular picture, I like the effect of the setting sun and it somehow gives me Lion King vibes, like I remember a similar looking tree in the movie and the sky could well be a vision of Mufasa, giving you a much needed box on the ear for going all Hakuna Matata at the wrong time. Hehe.

We wanted to catch a glimpse of the Colosseum in moonlight but we had plenty of time before that so, we let the roads take us to wherever they led and guess what, they all led to Rome.


Silly humour

This tree was literally something that I came across on a casual walk in the Italian capital and I had to take a picture as it really caught my eye. If trees had human professions, this one here would be a great waiter. I like how the branches hold up the foliage like a food tray and honestly, it gives me a feeling that the tree might actually bend and serve you a meal, complete with a chef kiss. Also, I love the mushroom shape cutting of the tree. It’s amazing how a random tree can make your imagination run wild.

This tree here may not fit the ‘green’ criteria but no blog about trees is complete without the Kapok trees in Cambodia. These trees are a perfect example of how nature can actually take over the creations of man. After the fall of the Khmer Empire in the 1400s, the Angkor complex in Cambodia had been abandoned for a long time and was only rediscovered in the 1800s by a French explorer. In that time, the temples in the area were completely dominated by nature and the Ta Prohm temple in the Angkor Complex is one such structure. Kapok trees have rather invasive roots and as you can see, it literally climbs over the walls and is capable of breaking stone and entering small places. This has been controlled by restoration attempts now but a lot of the Ta Prohm temple has been invaded by these roots, surrounding the whole place with a mysterious air.

Love a good mystery, always. Especially when it involves trees.

This is a picture taken on a (surprisingly) sunny day in London, right outside the Buckingham Palace. I know that the flowers are the centre point here but the trees in the background add a sort of tranquility to the surroundings. This picture reminds me of the poem ‘Daffodils’ by Wordsworth which sets a very gentle and happy mood. The walk outside Buckingham Palace is quite a pleasant one. It takes you back to the stories of Kings and Queens and Knights in shining armour, mingled with a dash of romantic poetry to really refresh the senses. Also, note the the polite ‘Please Keep Off The Grass’ sign. British etiquette at its finest. Hehe.

This is a tree that I found in Athens, amongst the ruins surrounding the Acropolis complex. While the branches stretch in a very unconventional way, it’s actually such a convenient sunshade. I like how the stone ruins around it add to the whole ‘ancient era’ effect but what amuses me here is the bloke scrolling through his phone while standing under the tree. Humans and their phones. Still a better love story than Twilight. Hehe.

Humans. I give up….

Our final tree is a designed tree at the Gardens by the Bay in Singapore. I mean, this is brilliant. You often see trees carved with hearts and lovers’ initials on them but this takes landscaping to a whole new level. This tree actually gave me a jolt when I was clicking pictures in the gardens and it took me a while to remember that dragons do not in fact exist outside of Game of Thrones. Besides, the gardens have many designs of animals carved with trees such as giraffes and butterflies. Singapore honestly never fails to amaze.

And that is a wrap.

Until next time!

Auf Wiedersehen:)


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