A tree with irregular trunk with bark (white to brownish) peeling off in thin rolls, it is found in Himalayas from Pakistan to Arunachal Pradesh at height 9000 ft. to 14500 ft., forming the uppermost limit of of tree growth. Its bark was used as paper for writing in ancient times along with for water-proofing & roofing houses. Leaves are used as fodder.
New leaves have started coming as in the picture taken on 9/5/07 on way to Zirmi Thaatch (11000 ft.) from Fual Pani (8500 ft.). It's such a majestic site to look at the Birch forests with their whitish-light greenish colours compared to the green & dark green colours of other conifers (It generally grows with Deodar, Spruce, Fir & Pines in conifer forests in the Himalayas).
"Enjoy every moment of your life"
For Birds, birdscapes, scenic beauty, wildlife etc., visit http://www.flickr.com/photos/jmgarg
For older bird photos, visit http://community.webshots.com/user/jmgarg1