Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Banyan Banter


BanyanTreeNo1, originally uploaded by carolWorldLeader.

This is a (kind of) close up shot of the roots of a Banyan tree.

For those who don't know, a banyan tree represents eternal life. The roots spread out, new branches grow, these, in turn, spread more roots, and the circle of life (for the tree) continues. Banyan trees are very interesting to me, because of the symbolism. There was once a banyan tree planted in Hawaii, in 1873, which ended up covering two-thirds of an acre of land. Robinson Crusoe made his home in a banyan tree. There have been some famous banyan trees throughout history. Angkor Wat is completely covered in banyan trees-so much so, that the trees are actually overtaking the building structures and we're left with a tangled mess of tree covered walls (or wall covered trees, depending on how you look at it.)

Banyan trees are very interesting to me because each is so different. They are gloriously abstract yet easy to spot all at the same time. I would guess that you could take an infinite number of pictures of a banyan trees roots, keep taking pictures, and never grow bored. It's hard to look at the roots the same way twice and all that twisty, turny "intwination" makes for such interesting images.

Until next time...

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