Nature’s Bounty – the red leafed Japanese Maple #ThursdayTreeLove

Have you ever seen a tree with red leaves?

Well I found one growing in my friend’s back garden.

I’ve always been fascinated by trees and was keen on joining  Parul Thakur’s interesting theme #ThursdayTreeLove.

Unfortunately, I never found an interesting tree to photograph and post till yesterday I saw this gorgeous maroon leafed Maple in my friend’s backyard . I thought it was just perfect for this meme.

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While the trees of New Jersey are all green with new foliage, this Japanese Maple sports a glorious red foliage.

As trees go, this one’s a  a baby . Just 3 years old. It stands in place of a once  magnificent old tree that was felled by Hurricane Sandy that created havoc in New Jersey in its wake.

The Japanese Maple is a deciduous tree that is bare in Winter  but come Spring , and its leaves go from being bright red to darker wine colored in the summer to red again in the Fall.

 

I’m joining Parul Thakur his week, with her post  #ThursdayTreeLove 10.

If you would like to play along, post a picture of a tree on your blog and link to Parul’s post.

Isn’t this a wonderful way to appreciate Nature’s bounty? 

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Morning Walk in an urban wood

A walk in in the woods

Image of running waterAfter about a year of trying to walk in the morning, I finally managed it today. I accompanied Daughter No 1 to her office and had to stay out of her hair while she got some jobs done so she told me to go for a walk on their campus forest trail.

A forest in the middle of a campus?

That was news to me . This was something I had to check out for myself.

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The forest looked quite dense and scary. Even though the office was in a regular urbanised area, there had been spottings of the occasional bear. As for deer, there were plenty of them scampering around in the day. And it common enough to see them grazing around in your backyard.

Unfounded fears

But once on the trail, I realised that it was far from scary. In actual fact it was calm and peaceful .

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It’s been a long time since I walked in the morning and even longer since I walked in such a wooded area.

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It was almost magical with the jackdaws crowing in the trees and the tall grasses growing along the path. Tiny yellow flowers, dainty dandelions and some other white flowers I can’t identify popped out of the lush greenery that abounded .

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From time to time I stopped to take in the sounds and see the fine grasses gently swaying.  I could hardly imagine this was part of an office space!

Yet it was because all work and no play does make Jack a dull boy. Trees have a soothing effect and tramping through a wood is a great way to think out a problem or de-stress.

 

What do you think?

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Summer Friday #SkywatchFriday

A summer Friday

Image for gathering clouds in summer It’s already half way through May and the clouds are slowly gathering .Parts of India have already experienced rain showers but in my Mumbai sky, there is a lot of bright blue.

The sea is still and there is absolutely no sign of the seahorses ( the tiny white foamed waves) that signify the onset of the monsoon.

Day by day the moisture hangs in the air. Within minutes your face gets damp before rivulets of sweat begin their way down your back. By sunset, you literally have to peel off your clothes as you step under a shower to cool off.

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This will be my last summer Friday under my Mumbai sky. The next time I see it, there will be more grey than blue and the droplets runnng down my back will be the first showers of rain.

Have a great weekend all!

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Linking up with other bloggers from around the world who share their skies on #SkywatchFriday.