Tuesday, December 22, 2009

the banyan tree

uncle matthew and l'il b under a banyan tree

The banyan tree is a fig tree whose seeds germinate in the cracks and crevices of a host tree or other structure.

Older banyan trees are characterized by their thick prop roots which grow vertically into thick woody trunks which, with age, looks main trunk. Old trees can spread out laterally using these prop roots to cover a wide area.


*Banyans are revered in a number of different countries for their spiritual nature.

*Buddha is believed to have achieved enlightenment in India while meditating under a banyan tree, known as the Bodhi Tree.

*The Banyan is the National tree of India.

*In Robinson Crusoe, Crusoe makes his home in a banyan tree.

*Banyan trees are scattered across the island in the TV Series Lost, the characters often using the thick roots as a hiding place from the island’s monster.

*Paul Simon references the banyan in his 1990 song Spirit Voices, from the album The Rhythm of the Saints, singing, "We slept on the banks on the leaves of a banyan tree."

*There is a street where we are staying named after the tree because it is lined with Banyan after Banyan. The trees block out a lot of the light during the day making this tiny street more like a magical and enchanted forest.

*Most note-worthy of all, they are the best climbing trees in the world.


Lola Nova said...

How I love the Banyan! When I was a little girl, we lived in Hawaii. There are many magical Banyan trees in my childhood memories. I got to show my husband the island just this year, and took him to the biggest Banyan on the island. It was just lovely.

Happy Holidays to you and your sweet family!

Jelly Wares said...

Gorgeous photos Meagan!!!
Those trees are amazing...
Hope you're having a great time away...

Jodie :)

Catherine said...

They are gorgeous trees and children have so much fun playing amongst them. We have one at a park in Brisbane and one of the branches always has children climbing along it. I am enjoying all of your lovely photos,looks like your having fun.xo

jeanamarie said...

what interesting trees...lovely photos. you can't help be amazed by such grand beauty, makes one feel so small in comparison :)

jodi said...

gorgeous! Hope you're having a wonderful time in canada xxx

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