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Stunning Poplar Trees Dressed In Green and Gold

Poplar Trees Blue Skies

Each time I visit my son’s campus I am enchanted by the poplar trees dominating the landscaping. And on every visit, I find lots of changes—probably because the gardeners are super-enthusiastic and so creative. They’re constantly working among the plants on the vast campus.

I still remember the first time I visited—there were huge patches of multi-colored flower bushes in one corner. From the main gate there was almost half a kilometer of bougainvillea in brilliant purple. Then the next time, bright yellow marigold flowers ruled the campus, along with red and orange.

The one thing that has remained constant, though, are the poplar trees. How enchanting they are! They are all over the campus and look simply gorgeous.

For this edition of Thursday Tree Love hosted by Parul, I am showing off some photos of these poplar trees.

Apparently, there are thirty unique species of the genus Populus and it is quite popular in landscaping. It grows really fast and tall. The leaves are a gorgeous green in summer and almost gold in autumn.

The peacocks and cranes on campus can be seen enjoying nature as much as we do.

Poplar Trees Crane

It is lovely to walk among them especially in winter. The ground is layered with the dry leaves and the trees themselves whisper constantly in the breeze.

Some fun facts about the poplar tree

Just because I looked that up when I tried to find out the name of this pretty tree.

  • Early renaissance Italian art was painted on poplar wood. The famous Mona Lisa is painted on poplar wood!
  • Stringed instruments such as violas and harps often use poplar wood as the main structural component.
  • If you enjoy Greek mythology, Heracles/Hercules wore a crown of poplar leaves when he led Cerberus from Hades. Cerberus was the three-headed hound with the tail of a serpent, a mane of snakes and the claws of a lion. It guarded the gates of the underworld. Retrieving Cerberus was one of the 12 labors of Heracles. The poplar tree denotes endurance and conquest.
  • According to the Celtics, the poplar is associated with transformation, vision and victory.
  • The poplar also means the talking, whispering and quivering tree.

More photos of the beautiful Poplar Trees

Against the blue sky. What a sight!

Poplar trees against the blue skies

I almost toppled over trying to get the full height of the tree! And yes, limped a little for a couple of days! Felt very sheepish though! That spot is a lovely spot to sit in and enjoy the sunshine in winter, watching the world go by.

Poplar Tree with the bench

Another part of the campus where the poplars are dense. The constant breeze makes them rustle and whisper and it is beautiful to just stand there and listen.

Poplar Trees Whispering Rustling

In the evening, against the horizon, this patch of poplars look as if they are on fire.

Poplar Trees Fire

Yes, I am besotted with this tree. Just looking at these photos makes me feel like I am on a mini-vacation. Such a happy place, such a soothing feeling.

Poplar Trees in Winter

I feel slightly sad that when my son completes his course in a few months, I won’t have the opportunity to visit the campus as much as I have been during the last four-and-a-half-years. So grateful for the experience, though.

Here’s a lovely poem about the Poplar Tree by William Cowper

The Poplar Field

William Cowper (1731–1800)

THE Poplars are fell’d, farewell to the shade
And the whispering sound of the cool colonnade;
The winds play no longer and sing in the leaves,
Nor Ouse on his bosom their image receives.

Twelve years have elapsed since I first took a view
Of my favourite field, and the bank where they grew:
And now in the grass behold they are laid,
And the tree is my seat that once lent me a shade.

The blackbird has fled to another retreat
Where the hazels afford him a screen from the heat;
And the scene where his melody charm’d me before
Resounds with his sweet-flowing ditty no more.

My fugitive years are all hasting away,
And I must ere long lie as lowly as they,
With a turf on my breast and a stone at my head,
Ere another such grove shall arise in its stead.

‘Tis a sight to engage me, if anything can,
To muse on the perishing pleasures of man;
Short-lived as we are, our enjoyments, I see,
Have a still shorter date; and die sooner than we.

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13 Comments

  • Reply
    Ellen
    January 27, 2020 at 5:20 pm

    Gorgeous photos, Vidya! And beautiful poetry too. I enjoy your posts and appreciate your optimism!

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    Priya
    January 28, 2020 at 8:07 am

    Beautiful pictures Vidya! Loved reading the interesting info about the poplar.
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    Ashh Akanksha
    January 28, 2020 at 1:14 pm

    Such beautiful photos of poplar trees Vidya. I had no idea that the tree’s wood was used in a popular Italian Art and also on Mona Lisa’s statue. These is such a good-to-know information! Glad you got the opportunity to visit your son’s beautiful campus.
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    Shilpa Gupte
    January 28, 2020 at 3:37 pm

    Wow! Such a beautiful campus! The students must be having such a wonderful time studying amid such greenery. Beautiful pictures, too, Vidya…Gold and green with a blue background. 🙂
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    Stephanie
    January 28, 2020 at 6:34 pm

    Hi Vidya, I was smiling throughout while reading your post. Your son is blessed to be living in such a lush campus. Living in a city, I really miss all the greenery and nature.

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    Lauren Kinghorn
    January 28, 2020 at 6:40 pm

    Stunning, Vidya! Your pictures are gorgeous and I’m having a giggle about your sheepish moment because that’s exactly the kind of antics I get up to, to get that perfect shot. We appreciate you! That’s my favourite shot. I can see why you’d miss this campus…but on the upside, does that mean your son is coming home???
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    Rajlakshmi
    January 29, 2020 at 10:13 am

    I didn’t know Monalisa was painted on Poplar tree wood. That’s a fun fact because I love poplar trees. They look absolutely stunning in Autumn and really gloomy in winters. Your son’s campus is so pretty. An excellent place to go for walks when it gets stressful. Love the pictures.
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    Shilpa Garg
    January 29, 2020 at 7:02 pm

    Gorgeous captures, Vidya. It would be so wonderful to be sitting and watching this beautiful campus. Love the facts you have shared about these talking, whispering and quivering trees. 😀
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    Ashwini
    February 3, 2020 at 4:47 pm

    Beautiful Locations, Peaceful location. Thank you for sharing this beautiful information.

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    Parul Thakur
    February 10, 2020 at 7:34 pm

    OMG! These are all so beautiful and I can’t imagine how lovely it would have been to watch the trees, the play of lights, capture the shots and smile. Gorgeous ones, Vidya. You are right. Grateful that you got a chance. See you around on the 13th, Vidya!
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    Unishta
    February 13, 2020 at 11:45 am

    I can’t believe your son is studying in such a beautiful place. And those poplars are indeed stunning. I too would have found it hard to resist such a magical sight – the yellow leaves that look like flowers. Enjoyed your interesting facts too!
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