Hello dear friends and respected readers, let us figure it out before indulging ourselves further in today’s topic.

Is it a painting or a real picture?
Image courtesy: Akram Varraich

At first glance, I thought it’s a random picture of a rural setting that the photographer has snapped while roaming around a nearby village.

My understanding of this image differs when I look closely at the scenery to inspect the tree for identifying purposes.

Then it suddenly occurs to me that I am looking at a painting of a scene that proposes a little mystery, some vagueness, and a bit of romance.

Can you name this tree? 

It’s hard to identify the tree by its overall appearance when the entire picture looks like a jigsaw puzzle to me. I have to zoom in on the image and then it reveals to me that this is an Acacia arabica tree locally known as Kikar.

How to know it's an Acacia Arabica tree? 

The bark of the tree gives it away. IF it is a painting then the painter knows how to make an ordinary-looking scene a masterpiece.

Contrary to this, if it is a real picture then the photographer knows how to develop magical scenes that are fictional, and all the more incredible for them.

I identify the tree by its black coloured trunk which is the beauty of every local gum tree. Moreover, the comment session confirms my query.

The Acacia nilotica is a moderate-sized tree which has a flattish or umbrella shaped crown as can be seen here. It is easily identified by its bright yellow, sweet-scented flowers.

On hot summer days, the tree is in full bloom and it’s leafy foliage provides good shade to humans and animals alike.

A little about the image

At the end of this post, I would like to give credit to the artist. This picture was uploaded to Facebook on 6 May 2010 by Akram Varraich who is a renowned painter and photographer of Punjab, Pakistan.

The philosophy that depicts in Varraich sir work is crystal clear that if you could not say it in words then there is a need to paint it. I have minimum interaction with this artist regarding his work. But as you can observe through his artistic skills that he is a proficient painter with a vision in his mind.

The one who deliberately knows how to give a dramatic effect to a scene with fewer tools available.


Image source: Album Images of Wazirabad

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41 thoughts on “Is it a painting or a real picture?

    1. There is an article written in the open magazine by Lhendup who gives an impressive insight on how this vigorous tree with time becomes the most hated tree of India. Thanks for your admiration. I also learned that it is commonly known as Babul in India.

      Oh yes, sky and trees are a wonderful combination. Your love for sky reminds me of an outstanding saying by Rumi.

      And still, after all this time, the Sun has never said to the Earth,β€˜You owe me.’ Look what happens with love like that. It lights up the sky.”

        1. Oh I know folk stories associated with coconut trees. Last year when I was writing about mango trees then was introduced to this term kalpavriksha widely used for any wish-granting tree. Then came to know this term is used for so many religious trees in the sub-continent such as banyan, peepal, and yes, coconut tree to mention a few of them.

  1. This painting is very awesome πŸ‘πŸ’―; it does look like a photo taken of real scenery πŸ˜‚. To add to this, your information about the tree and some of the other elements that you have noticed made this a great topic πŸ™πŸ€©. And Bravo to the artist haha

    1. Oh, I found it. Wow! I probably wouldn’t have any idea about it if you didnt mention this out in the comment session. Yeah, I found it in the spam folderπŸ™πŸ˜… Seriously no idea why it went there.

      Thank you for such a wonderful comment. Honestly, I am still confused if it is a painting or a scenery. I agree with you it does look like a real picture.

      1. hahaha no problem Rabia β˜ΊοΈπŸ’•πŸ™. I know the kinds of issues that may present themselves on this platform after using it for years now, so sometimes I just bring up some of the issues I am aware of just in case πŸ˜‚

        I am so happy that you like the comments πŸ’™πŸ’™, you are welcome and I know exactly what you mean, I also get confused to know that it is an art and not real. To be able to do art like this is a really special ability πŸ‘πŸ˜‚

        1. Thanks πŸ˜‰πŸ’™. Before I actually read your text about the picture, I had read the question asked in the title and took a look at the picture and was sure that my answer would be it was “real” hahaha

        2. Hahaha you are right 🀣🀣. And thanks for your compliment Rabia β˜ΊοΈπŸ’•πŸ™Œ. It’s always a pleasure talking to you and your friends πŸ™πŸŒΉπŸ˜‚

      1. Yes certainly haha. It might not come out as good as this but it would be fun trying lol.

        I left a previous comment here about this subject, did you see it?. It might be in the spam folder πŸ˜„πŸ˜„

        1. Yes here is your first comment all safe and sound. Yes it might not come as good as your salt and sugar post! πŸ˜‰

        2. Hahaha that is so funny and than you for the compliment πŸ€©πŸ’™

          I meant that earlier on today I posted a completely different comment to this topic but when I came back here it was gone πŸ˜‚. So I was thinking that maybe it went into the spam folder haha

    1. Yes, it’s a kind of a hobby to document trees 🌳 from a very young age. It’s a pleasure that you like my efforts.

      Yeah sure, and thank you! πŸ‘πŸ“ͺπŸ“©

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