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One of the major reasons why I'm so concerned about the ecology today is the fact that the earth is deteriorating. And at a very fast rate. I second what Stalin Dayanand of Vanashakti said in an interview recently. The time to save the environment is gone. Entire generations have missed that bus. Today, all we can do is, save ourselves.
On Sunday, 14th July 2019, I had the pleasure of being around, soaking in and relishing mother nature at Aarey forest. Guided by a humorously exceptional botanical force, whose 'Common Name' is Renee Vyas, we enjoyed a good couple of hours at this event which was a Tree Walk with our green hearted friends who ranged from small to big in size, just like the plants and trees.
With references from gods & goddesses and Bollywood superstars, all were super glued to the information that was being fed to them. Some of the species of plants and trees that we learnt about are as follows :- Jungli suran / Shevla / Wild Yan, Climbers / Also called Dancing Queens, Taka Lyonto Petaloids / Wild Yan, Norwell(Nevla/mongoose) / Diosporia Bulbiphera / Air Potatoes, Tendrils, Spiral Ginger, Kali Muesli, Leea / Dinda, Teak, Ratangunj, Contola / कंटोळी, Wild grapes (inedible), Morrenda Tinktoria / अल्टा, Wild orchid, Cup and saucer, Asan, Red Silk Cotton, Aalingan etc.
One should only have to visit this place to experience the wonders of nature. The Vihar lake view from top of the hill was in true sense, the cherry on top. But, at the same time it was saddening for us to see the ever encroaching cement jungle into the forest from all sides.
A major lesson that Renee taught us is the fact that, to conserve a mature, natural forest you don't need to plant more trees there. All you need to do is.. leave it. And see how it lives, grows, thrives and enjoys the essence of what we simply call as, life.
Cheers to a good one!
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