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Thursday, 4 March 2010

The deciduous forest

This is the time when the trees turn and the leaves fall - there is a Hindi expression "patachara" for this season which means the time for falling leaves.  The seasons here are defined more as dry and wet. So the wet season is followed by the dry season and this is when the leaves fall, to be quickly followed by new shoots, flowers and fruit.
The forest we were in, in Madhya Pradesh was a deciduous forest and "autumn" for want of a better word was in its glory.We travelled through teams of teak trees where the green chlorophyll and fleshiness of the leaf falls away or dies leaving this incredible intact decoupage of the leaf's outline. As the light falls to the forest floor you thought you were looking through silver silk spun webs. My camera does not do justice to the fineness of it all.Nor to the aerial roots of the banyan or the creamy sleek barks of the luminous ghost trees in the last picture.


  1. It's not patachara.

    It's Patjhar.

    Pat means leaves. Jhar means to 'fall off' or 'to be brushed off' like brushing off cookie crumbs from your clothes.


  2. Thanks for that - was trying to get my landlady to spell it for me, but she was struggling a bit so it was my "version" of what I heard. Still a lovely expression. MM

  3. :) You do live in a beautiful part of the city though. Totally envy you. I pass by there almost three four times a week! The foliage and the greenery is awesome.


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