Photographical Memories from the Himalayas: Trees

How one year has whizzed by... The journey to the hills is long over but my heart still pines for it…  To somewhat satiate this hunger of mine, please allow me to paste a few captures, in a short series form, from the just concluded virtual char dham yatra of ours...

Amid these few photographs from our mountain journey and the accompanying soothing words by some great men, I hope you will find for yourself the same amount of peace and serenity that I had found while I was actually there...

You will find something more in woods than in books. 
Trees and stones will teach you that which you can never learn from masters. - St. Bernard

A tree in one of the Rishikesh Temples along the Haridwar Highway
Huge pine trees in the Garhwal Himalayas, Uttarakhand

Between every two pines is a doorway to a new world. - John Muir

Scenary on the Rishikesh-Haridwar Highway

Earth's crammed with heaven,
And every common bush afire with God;
- Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Huge pine trees in the Garhwal Himalayas in Uttarakhand

Trees are the earth's endless effort to speak to the listening heaven.
- Rabindranath Tagore

A tree shrub in the Garhwal Himalayas in Uttarakhand

The trees are God's great alphabet:
With them He writes in shining green
Across the world His thoughts serene.- Leonora Speyer

Nature view in the Garhwal Himalayas, Uttarakhand
Never say there is nothing beautiful in the world anymore. There is always something to make you wonder in the shape of a tree, the trembling of a leaf.
- Albert Schweitzer quote

A huge tree in the Garhwal Himalayas in Uttarakhand
A tree stands tall on the Char Dham route in the Garhwal Himalayas in Uttarakhand

A woodland in full color is awesome as a forest fire, in magnitude at least, but a single tree is like a dancing tongue of flame to warm the heart.
- Hal Borland

Tree Patterns in different hues and shades in the Garhwal Himalayas in Uttarakhand

Climb the mountains and get their good tidings,
Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees.
The winds will blow their own freshness into you and the storms their energy,
while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.- John Muir

A single flower blooms in Mana Village in the Garhwal Himalayas in Uttarakhand

Rivers and rocks and trees have always been talking to us,
but we've forgotten how to listen. - Michael Roads

Tree Patterns in the Garhwal Himalayas in Uttarakhand

You must not know too much or be too precise or scientific about birds and trees and flowers and watercraft; a certain free-margin, and even vagueness - ignorance, credulity - helps your enjoyment of these things.
- Walt Whitman

Pine tree in the Garhwal Himalayas in Uttarakhand

I never saw a discontented tree. They grip the ground as though they liked it, and though fast rooted they travel about as far as we do.- John Muir

Nature with trees and mountains in the backdrop in the Garhwal Himalayas in Uttarakhand

In nature, nothing is perfect and everything is perfect. Trees can be contorted, bent in weird ways, and they’re still beautiful. - Alice Walker

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  1. How great these quotations are!
    I like the first one.My children and I can learn a lot in woods.We always find something new such as insects, vegetables and leaves. :)

  2. These sayings are so true. Thanks once again for posting about the yatra. :)

  3. Wow , amazing captures and lovely quotes .

  4. Hi Arti dear,
    Sorry I missed many of your posts..
    Was busy with exams..

    Beautiful images and quotations :)

    Keep sharing and keep delighting us
    Happy Diwali

  5. the pictures are so beautiful and the quotes alongwith it..just perfect.. thx for sharing this :) :)

  6. lovely pics.u hv a great passion arti..

  7. It was so magical. It had a spell. I feel lost. In search of the doorway. Thank you.

  8. पहाड में जाकर वन का आन्नद ना लिया तो पहाड में जाना बेकार है।

  9. I have trekked a lot in hills and the beautiful pictures of those towering deodars and pines brought back the fond memories!Lovely post

  10. Beautiful pictures and excellent quotes.

    Many many thanks Arti ji for sharing
    with us.

    Best wishes to you and your family for Dhanteras and Dipawali.

  11. Gorgeous trees, superb captures and the perfect words, Arti! Such a terrific, fascinating post as always! I do so enjoy the tours you take us on! Thank you! I hope you have a most enjoyable week ahead!


  12. I love all of these quotes and pictures - yes, so important to make cotact to our green relatives and friends out there! Hope your sunday is peaceful and lovely!

  13. I'm loving these quotes! What a good variety of trees, my favorite is the one tree up against the mountain!

  14. Wonderful pics, the beautiful trees standing tall beneath the blue skies .. Amazing :-)

  15. ah, you've taken me into the mystic again! the trees are splendid. and so too the accompanying words. my thirst has been quenched. happy week to you Arti.

  16. Wonderful quotes and beautiful pictures compliment each other .Delightful read .

    Wishing you and yours A Very Happy Diwali Arti :)

  17. Beautiful post, lovely pictures and profound quotes!

  18. Such wonderful quotes about nature - and so much beauty in these lovely shots.

  19. I ;love the serenity in hills and such a tranquil environment.must be a blessing to live there, when we find so much joy just by going there.

  20. Wonderful post.. the crisp sunshine through the woods casts a spell...

  21. have you left anything for some of us to photograph in the himalayas :D

    Nice post!

  22. Very nice and really words for the trees!!!
    Your photos are so beautiful!!!
    Best regards

  23. Hi,Arti.
    What many trees in himalayas you have posted.Your sky is always blue! The words with the photos are just beautiful!

  24. Hello Arti:
    What a highly creative and imaginative way to recall your memories of the Himalayas. We have always thought Trees to be the purest form of gardening and are pleased to read here that we are in good company of revering them.

  25. wow... great pictures followed by super quotes.... how diversified the mountain is... it is home to lot of trees that have evolved for a very long time...

  26. Love the John Muir quote and your photos are lovely. :)

  27. Excellent set of photos and Quotes..!

  28. Dear Blogger Friend,Wish U a Warm and Happy Diwali.Enjoy the Festivities with taste-filled delights,Safe and Delicious Memorable Moments - Regards, Christy Gerald

  29. Nice pictures, cute quotes...Nice post!

  30. wonderful...quite a different than your regular ones...

    I like the one with the rows of tree especially :)

    stay connected!!!
    its me!!! sharan :)

  31. I love this post Arti! Storing up memories is a huge part of what travel is about -- thank you for sharing yours! I love the pictures and quotes (both familiar ones and those new to me). I particularly like the Walt Whitman one, because I almost NEVER know the names of trees and plants and only occasionally birds and animals -- but I love seeing everything.

  32. hi arti

    awesome photos and nice quotes

    and also thanks for your nice comment on my blog post

  33. Pictures were very nice and so too the quotations below them.
    How did you got so many of those ?
    One thing can be seen from the pictures is the atmosphere near the mountains is very clear you don't see sky as blue as it is in pictures in cities here in India.

  34. A double trat - I love trees, they have to be one of my favourite photo subjects, and as for those quotes, wonderful.

  35. Wonderful pics, the quotes add more beauty to them, loved all the pics ;-)

  36. This blog sang to my heart with all the wonderful quotes and photos that carried such special messages. I love everyone of these quotes. So many I haven't seen before. Your photos were a perfect picture to the words. Also love your newer simply look to your home page. Thanks for sharing your beautiful nature.

  37. I'm always drawn to trees - so stalwart and enduring - they seem to have something to teach us.

  38. Your blog is Direct to home spiritual words for these photos.

  39. Good God !! I have a similar penchant of traveling to spiritual places especially in Himalayas, mainly Uttarakhand.....needless to say I love ur blog !!

  40. A stunning view, and I adore that Alice Walker quote.


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