These large pine trees, so common in the hills of Northern India, typically thrive at high altitudes and present a beautiful ‘looking up’ sight in the summer months. Strangely, though, during winters, they are listless and droopy, perhaps shivering in extremely cold conditions and the ‘weight’ of constant snowfall. This picture was taken during an earlier summer trip to Kasauli, in Himachal Pradesh state.
The visit brought back memories of when, as college students, we trekked in the area every other month. The greatest feeling then was walking along the mountain track surrounded by these gigantic trees and their constant ‘hissing’ sound, more like a million snakes making that sound all at one time.
The other memory is that of the peculiar smell of pine, something that we now experience in aerosol room fresheners and disinfectants. But, of course, they are only memories.
If only we could turn the clock back but, as they say, there’s no rewind button on life!