Is it a painting or a real picture?

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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