Upon a Grand Ol’ Tree | #ThursdayTreeLove

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When the root is deep, there is no reason to fear the wind.


In times of adversity and change, we really discover who we are and what we’re made of, says Howard Schultz and he is so right. Very often, it is not adversity itself, but how we react to adversity that gives direction to our life and creates our life’s story, so how we shape ourselves internally is very important. Tough times comes to all of us and just as they have the power to break us, they also have the power to make us, provided we let it— the choice is ours.

This is a grand old tree that we spotted during one of our game drives with Schotia Safaris, somewhere near Port Elizabeth in South Africa. Though it is typical of the vegetation in that area, I have no idea about its’ name. If anybody helps me identify this tree, I’d be very grateful.


Joining Parul today for #thursdaytreelove which is a photo feature on her blog that brings you beautiful trees from different places. If you’d like to join in, do visit her blog to find out more. You’ll love it, I’m sure.

  • Jeetu Patel


    Thanks for always sharing your insights, being selfless, and spreading kindness. I personally can’t thank you enough for all of the amazing content you share. You change lives! WE APPRECIATE YOU. Stay safe!

  • Parul Thakur


    That’s a beautiful tree. I don’t know the name but it’s beautiful and your words go so well with the tree. I am so glad you decided to join today! Thank you!

    • Esha M Dutta

      Thank you so much, Parul. Happy to join. Thank you so much for hosting it. I look forward to it every fortnight. 🙂

  • G Angela


    Oh my God I couldn’t take my eyes of the tree:) looks so strong and grounded; liked what you wrote about challenges, agree with you, the choice will always remain ours… I have no idea what tree is this.

  • Sanch @ Sanch Writes


    Wow, that’s an incredible tree! Love the words you’ve penned to go with it

  • Bellybytes


    This tree surely is deep rooted ! There is something so comforting about an old tree … thanks for sharing this picture

  • Chandra Lynn


    Absolutely gorgeous tree! Those roots! Love the message of your post as well.

  • Shilpa Gupte


    Oh, yes, I so agree, Esha!
    Adversities teach us a lot about Life and about ourselves and more often than not, we end up surprising ourselves! And, how we transform in the end!

  • arv


    very well grounded. I have no clue about its name, Esha.

  • obsessivemom


    Ooh this is majestic. What a grand old tree.

  • Archana


    Superb! Amazing trunk and roots! Must be very old… Good spotting and thanks for sharing!

  • Alana


    Esha, I decided to try your post on my phone and guess what, I can see the tree! Sadly, I don’t know what it is. I hope another reader does.

  • Alana


    Esha, I am not seeing the picture. I have no idea why (I use Firefox as my browser). I hope it is just an issue at my end.

  • Ashwini


    Wonderfully portrayed. We never know what we’re capable of unless we’re forced in a situation that needs tremendous amount of strength. We end up surprising ourselves with the courage we can muster if that’s the only thing we need to keep going.

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