Sunday, September 18, 2016

Trees and Rain

A post by our blogger friend Rajesh (Destination Infinity) titled “Do We Care For Trees?” prompted me to write this post.
 
I was in Seattle recently for 2 weeks. Lot of people complain it always rains in and around Seattle. Same time, people in India (especially South) complain there is not enough rain.
 
I found out one of the reason for more rain in and around Seattle is the vast amount of trees that create a noticeable amount of transpiration.  But it is not the only reason.  It is also due to Pacific West Coast (maritime) Climate.  More trees also help tremendously.

Please see below the photos of a few streets in the suburb of Seattle. You cannot even see the houses/shops behind these trees. So many trees in all the streets.

 

 
In India, we not only not plant new trees, we also cut the existing trees. Those miss the cutting are not cared for properly.

29 comments:

  1. Sharing this post . Very true . People in India cut the trees and then sit and cry . I would love visiting Seattle once . Loving nature :) I saw the same roads in Georgia And Russia . Wish India had some roads like this but it will never happen !

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  2. One of the reasons why indiscriminate cutting of trees happens in India, I think, is over-population. And hence the need for space and other resources at the cost of a reduced green-cover. Also, less clamoring to live in the cities will enable people to live in larger spaces with gardens, etc.

    Destination Infinity

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    1. Thanks for your comments Rajesh. Less clamoring to live in the cities is a very good idea. Offices must be spread throughout the country and not just in big cities only. For example, IT offices can be located in any place.

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  3. Over population is the main reason for cutting of trees and people are not yet aware of the usefulness of the trees. Just hope that it will change at least slowly in the future.

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    1. Thanks for your comments Sandhya. Over population is one of the reasons.

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  4. lovely pictures of Seattle, SG..hope you enjoyed there. The pictures also reminds me of my recent trip to WEstern ghats( dandeli).

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    1. Thanks for your comments Asha. I am glad you liked this post.

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  5. bful
    would love to escape to such a place :) and ya Seattle always reminds me sleepless in seattle
    Btw I replied to ur comment on my blog :) I totally agree with what u told, only that it is huge happening behind the cartoon which u may not be aware of and which I didnt feel like detailing !

    anyway thank u

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    1. Thanks for your comments Afshan. Ahh. Sleepless in Seattle! That is a good movie.

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  6. So true SG. Cutting existing trees is a big problem in India. In the name of flyover/metro construction they chopped so many trees. I remember in 80s/90s, Bangalore had trees in a similar fashion. Now there is hardly any left :((

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    1. Thanks for your comments Ash. You are very true. Bangalore is not the same Bangalore that was 30 years ago.

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  7. True..but even in seattle they are cutting trees regularly for roads and houses,landscape there also is changing but since they have huge area and still less population, the effect will take more time.

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    1. Thanks for your comments Renu. Yes they are doing lot of construction work in and around Seattle. But the city laws are very strict about cutting trees.

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  8. Beautiful pictures.The trees are seen in see-through nylon sarees, worn covering the heads too.

    Kerala used to be flooded fully with heavy rainfalls in monsoon, but last year it faced a shortage of 26% and this year 37%(till date).The reasons are greed of people leading to unplanned tree-felling caring or fearing no ban, uncontrolled act of realtors etc.

    Anyway what SG said is true,less trees less transpiration.And less forests means no means to stop the wind from blowing away the clouds.

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    1. Thanks for your comments Sarala. It is the greed. That is the cause for all problems.

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  9. Yeah, we rarely find trees specially in Metros.. But these pics are so much like Himachal or Sikkim <3

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    1. Thanks Deepika for your comments. And, welcome to my blog. I agree with you. In the Indian Metros, all trees have been cut or destroyed.

      Deepika, please visit here as often as possible. Thanks.

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  10. True,we do not bother about the environment at all.Hills are being denuded without a thought.No wonder cities are flooded at the first hint of good rain.

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    1. Thanks Indu for your comments. And, welcome to my blog. I agree with you. Roads are flooded at the first hint of good rain.

      Indu, please visit here as often as possible. Thanks.

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  11. The pictures are beautiful, absolutely dreamy. Sadly People in India think they have more important things to think about than the environment (e.g. Climbing the ladder of success, politicians filling their pockets with money) Wish they know they are killing mother nature

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    1. Thanks for your comments Dee. It is very sad these kinds of things are happening in India. Hope this will improve some day.

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  12. In India there are builders who poison existing trees or starve off their water supply so they die. And for what? To erect another cement concrete edifice. I'm so sick of them. Have they ever heard of Chekov's (I think) story where a man is granted as much land as he can cover running the whole day - and finds he leaves the world in a land the size of his coffin.

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    1. Thanks for your comments Sweety. You have narrated a beautiful story. I think it is Leo Tolstoy.

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  13. I remember that post of Rajesh.

    the tree-lined suburbs of Seattle look so peaceful

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  14. That's such a picturesque view! Driving on such roads would be so dreamy and relaxing! Despite so much of awareness, we still have a long way to restore the damage that we have done on our planet!

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