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The BFF Trees #ThursdayTreeLove

The BFF trees The other side

Can trees be BFFs? Yes!

I love gardens. I love trees. I love spending time outdoors. And yes, occasionally i enjoy playing hooky at work.

Every time we have a guest, one of the places I like to take them to is Lalbagh Botanical Gardens. Truly this is a wonderful place to while away a day absolutely absorbed in nature. Of course it helps that there are some really nice eateries nearby, including the iconic MTR.

So when we had a visitor from abroad, we naturally decided to include Lalbagh in the list. Added bonus? The visitor loved gardens, too. We set off after a healthy breakfast and decided to explore the gardens on foot. Takes a lot longer but the pleasure is so worth it.

Lalbagh also has a wonderful lake with a waterfall that’s fondly referred to as the Niagara (ha, ha). But more about this place in a separate post because there’s lots more to say and loads more photos to show off!

Today I just want to highlight a particular tree for Parul’s Thursday Tree Love blog hop.

The BFF Trees today

I call them BFFs and I’ll tell you why. Just look at the way one tree is wrapped around the other.

But why BFF? Because, when I saw this tree exactly four years ago to the day, they looked like this.

The BFF Trees, four years ago

They’ve grown together. They’ve supported each other. They’ve stood strong. Their relationship, probably symbiotic, has grown over the years. Their connection has withstood all kinds of weather–heavy rains, storms, hail storms, heat, and who knows what else. They just seem to have become closer through all this, as time passed.

This is how the tree looks from the other side. Somehow, this picture always reminds me of the photo in that story, “The fox and the grapes” Do you think so?

The BFF trees The other side

Relationships take work, whether one admits it or not. Of course when it is a good one, you don’t even feel that you are making an effort. It is only when things start to become strained that you start keeping score over who did what and how many times.

Do you have a relationship that has become stronger and more supportive over the years?

How old is your oldest friendship?

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10 Comments

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    Obsessivemom
    June 15, 2018 at 7:05 pm

    My oldest relationship would be with my sister – since the day she was born. We’ve fought and made up and fought again and finally now we’re best of friends. Oh I love how those trees are entwined together. I’ve been to Lalbagh years and years ago. It’s huge isn’t it?

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    Vinay Kumar Satyanarayan
    June 16, 2018 at 12:28 pm

    My oldest friendships are more than 55 years old…I must confess that we don’t meet all that often.
    My relationship with them is cosy yet of late I look at them from a different perspective…their narratives of the past are a little ridiculous…and here the ego comes to the fore….I can’t understand why twist tales of the yore….

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    Shilpa Gupte
    June 16, 2018 at 3:47 pm

    Awww….BFFs is an apt name for these trees! They do look so much in love! <3

    I have heard so much about Lalbagh from my cousin who lives in Bangalore! She shares so many pictures of the place which she visits almost every weekend. 🙂
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    Archana
    June 16, 2018 at 7:43 pm

    The trees do seem to be hugging each other.. Lalbagh is a great destination for guests provided they like nature and walking!! I have visited only once… Thanks for this wonderful post !!
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    Magical Mystical Mimi
    June 20, 2018 at 6:50 pm

    Wow. That tree is amazing! I love trees and walking thru the woods. It just feeds my soul… Longest friendship? About 50 yrs. and still going strong!

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    Darla M Sands
    June 20, 2018 at 10:14 pm

    That’s amazing! I look forward to seeing more photos. Seems like a place I’d adore. A local gardening expert/arborist explained on his radio show recently that tree roots intertwine beneath the ground over time. He griped at how the state of Ohio here in the USA sprays wide swaths of weed killer along the highways to keep the roads clear and it damages even wider swaths of trees. ~sigh~ Namaste, my dear.
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    Roman @ RimsNdTires
    June 21, 2018 at 8:18 am

    Thank you for the brilliant post, Vidya!
    I had never seen such trees before! They are really like big friends, embracing or shaking hands to each other.
    As for me, I met my best friend occasionally, on the seashore, during my summer vacation when I was a student. It was 25 or more years ago.

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    Alana
    June 27, 2018 at 3:55 am

    “BFF” is just perfect fo those trees. My oldest friendship was 52 years, my BFF who passed away in 2015 from cancer (we met what, in the United States, is called 5th grade). My husband, who is also my friend, I have known for 47 years, and my current best friend, for nearly 20.
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    Parul Thakur
    June 28, 2018 at 7:13 pm

    That is so unique and amazing. BFFs is the right word. 🙂 I have been to Lalbagh but I need to go again with my camera. I love Cubbon Park but I agree that Lalbagh has more to boast off.
    My oldest friendship is 26 year old. 🙂 https://www.happinessandfood.com/name-happy/
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    G Angela
    June 29, 2018 at 4:43 pm

    Simply awwwesome :”) Loved these trees and agree with what you have written, Yes I do have friends who have been with me for more than three decades some two decades and also few for a decade… just loved this.. thanks for sharing:)
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