Time for another tree walk
Filmmaker Pradip Krishen publishes his next work, Jungle Trees of Central India
AAT ONE PLACE in this book under review, author Pradip Krishen writes, “I could think of no way depicting the subtle shades of mahua’s new foliage in the compass of a single spread. Here is a sample spread of the russet tonnes of the most beautiful of trees. ”What follows is a spread resplendent with breathtaking images of the mahua tree that are also remarkable for the detail they offer. That is one of the strengths of Krishen’s Jungle Trees of Central India, A Field Guide for Tree Spotters. Krishen is a master with words. But he also knows when to let the photographer take over. It helps that he is also a brilliant photographer.
Central India, the subject of Krishen’s enquiry, might seem a rather vague entity. One will not find it in a political map of the country. Krishen is careful to qualify his choice quite early. “My version of Central India encompasses most but not all of the state of Madhya Pradesh.It also accommodates a sliver of (northern) Maharashtra, a slice of Chhattisgarh, tiny outliers of (southern) Uttar Pradesh and a longitudinal wedge of (eastern) Rajasthan... Central India makes a lot of ecological sense but is not an exclusive domain and there are
JUNGLE TREES OF CENTRAL INDIA, A FIELD GUIDE FOR TREE SPOTTERS Pradip Krishen
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