On the 1st May 2017, I visited ‘Rawal Lake’. I got off at Metro stop 23 and started walking around 7.00 a.m and reached ‘Rawal Lake’ around 9.00 am.
Few years ago the periphery of the lake (of few kilometers) was covered with wild trees. Environment was green Air was fresh and oxygen rich. But now a few ornamental trees and Carbon Dioxide rich air is found around ‘Rawal Lake’. People need more recreation than oxygen! but blame ‘global warming’ for deteriorating atmospheric quality of Islamabad.
The phenomenon of ‘progressive waves’ over the lake water was only unique thing which was not available anywhere in Rawalpindi city. All other types of trees and plants and crows and kites were similar to Rawalpindi. I was pleased to see ‘progressive waves’. I came to know that these are also called ripples.
I came across a tutorial about a scenery in gimp. This scenery has water in the foreground along with a boat and a setting sun in the background. This tutorial is very simple for newbies. But I tried to modify it with my own newly learnt filters of gimp. One such filter is ‘Shift…” and the other one is ‘Ripple…” Both these filters create wave-like effect on the image. If I had not seen the ripples on the ‘Rawal Lake’ I would have not appreciated these two filters which are meant for creating real water waves in the image. So I name my image ‘Gimp Lake’.
But I boast to be ‘environ-mentalist’ so I brought all my trash back.
Last time I visited Jhikagali in June 2012 and I was impressed with a few species of plants on the wayside and on Jhikagali track. But this year tracking the same route exposed all the species of tress found on this track. Isn’t it revolution? Last year I missed the following tree species on the route:
I confused Taxus baccata with Abies pindrow species. Both species have almost idenitical leaves to some extent. These trees are found in large number on this tract along with Horse chest nut.
Signpost for Track
This time my approach to this study trip was radical. I entered the track from the point from which I made exit last year. So I got plenty of sunlight and energy to look into the trees. Moreover, my new learning from Nathiagali trip about Taxus baccata made many things clear. Moreover from Nathiagali I learnt about Cedrus deodara. Mind it that I made this trip 9 days ago on 14th May, 2013. So it was just to clear the last year mess of ignorance.
One can find a lot of information about trekking poles/staff/sticks on the web. I read its use and importance from different websites. This May I tried this idea of using a walking stick and found everything true about its importance.
It gives aids in ascending and descending. But one thing which I discovered about its use is shown in the photo.
Walking Stick supporting Camera Case
I tried an ordinary bamboo stick. I stabbed it on the muddy waysides and got it fixed upright. Then I hung my camera case over it. This reduced one bag from my shoulder and enabled me to use my hands freely for taking photographs.
Due to this technique I kept my camera case dirt free which would have become dirty if I had put it down every now and then.