Strolling around Binsar
As you can see in the photos taken in the course of our strolling around Binsar the ground is brown and dry, a far call from the lush green that recalls moss and moist coolness which is so much a part of Indian hills.
Last summer was drought prone as you can read here and the effects of those dry days are still visible.
One of my travel companions stands near a chir pine tree where resin was in the process of being collected by making slashes in the bark and affixing a small tin cone towards the bottom for the resin to drain into. It is called oleoresin. The tapping of pine trees is done by the local people for whom it is an additional way of making money. This resin is used in oil-paint thinners, varnish, turpentine, furniture wax, adhesives and lamp oil.