Armed with my latest purchase ‘Trees of Delhi – a field guide’ by film maker turned naturalist- Pradip Krishen, I have been going out for tree walks :). Actually the book has become my permanent companion – with me as I drive around town, in office (where I promise myself to find time and read at least a page during lunch,but that never happens) and of course during the walks…
The tree journey started while I was at Habitat. My friend Arshiya Sethi would organise Tree Walks on Sundays, with Pradip himself. Fascinating it can be to discover the survival tactics that trees deploy to win over another and yet it’s mutual dependence on other flora and fauna that keeps them going. And hugely satisfying it is to finally be able to tell which tree is it, that stands tall in front of you – the book is fast becoming my bible!
Last Sunday I went to Lodhi Gardens and, after some persuation, was able to convince a maali to show me around. Turned out to be fruitful visit. I was richer by knowledge on 20 + varieties and then today I drove to Defence Colony to see one of the rare samples of Sita Ashok that we have in the city.
I am hoping to pick up one of these babies someday to capture the images. Magic it will be!Meanwhile, the walks continue…
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