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Roots Of Banyan Tree

Roots Of Banyan Tree
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Copyright: Bunyapon Kusolkrong (bungbing) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 516 W: 0 N: 1626] (7743)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-12-26
Categories: Trees
Camera: Nikon D80, AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6, UV Filter
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/125 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-09-06 1:14
Viewed: 5768
Points: 34
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This image was taken at Angkor Wat, Cambodia,

Cambodia, Angkor Wat, Banyan tree roots growing over temple,

The banyan tree grows throughout Cambodia. It may reach a height of over 100 feet, and as it grows, new roots descend from its branches, pushing into the ground and forming new trunks. The roots grow relentlessly; many of the ancient temples of Angkor have toppled as these roots have become embedded in the cracks and crevices between their massive stones. A single tree might have dozens of trunks, and it is often impossible to tell which is the original,

Banyan Tree

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

A banyan (also banian) is a fig that starts its life as an epiphyte when its seeds germinate in the cracks and crevices on a host tree (or on structures like buildings and bridges). "Banyan" often refers specifically to the Indian Banyan or Ficus benghalensis, the National tree of India, though the term has been generalized to include all figs that share a unique life cycle, and systematically to refer to the subgenus Urostigma. The seeds of banyans are dispersed by fruit-eating birds. The seeds germinate and send down roots towards the ground, and may envelop part of the host tree or building structure with their roots, giving them the casual name of "strangler fig." The "strangling" growth habit is found in a number of tropical forest species, particularly of the genus Ficus, that compete for light. Any Ficus species showing this habit may be termed a strangler fig.

The leaves of Banyan tree are large, leathery, glossy green and elliptical in shape. Like most of the fig-trees, leaf bud is covered by two large scales. As the leaf develops the scales fall. Young leaves have an attractive reddish tinge.

Older banyan trees are characterized by their Aerial prop roots that grow into thick woody trunks which, with age, can become indistinguishable from the main trunk. Old trees can spread out laterally using these prop roots to cover a wide area. Like other Fig species (which includes the common edible fig Ficus carica), banyans have unique fruit structures and are dependent on fig wasps for reproduction.
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Ciao Bunyapon. Excellent sharp with amazing playing of light. very good POV/DOF too.


Hi Bungbing,
a truly impressing demonstration of vital tropical nature creeping over some marvelous remnants of an ancient civilization like a gently but very powerful animal!
A well composed, pleasantly softly lighted image of high emotional appeal. Thank you!
With best regards,

Ciao Bungbing, fantastic roots on wonderful architecture, impressive shoot, excellent clarity, splendid light and colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Incredible tree, pity it causes such destruction. regards yiannis

hello Bungbing
this is a very good picture with great details and good sharpness
thanks greeting lou

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-09-06 8:00]

Invredible work of nature between the Angkor temples,a very nice idea this pic,how to create a perfect wedding between old architechtures and nature,fantastic sharpness,colors and light balance.Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano.

Hello Bunyapon,

an very nice picture taken by you.
Good of sharpness and pov.
Nice the old tree in the ruin.
fine colors.


Hi Bunyapaon,
Excellent shot of this Banyan Tree,
Great composition and lighting,
Informative note,Welldone.

Hi Bunyapon,
incredible scenery. Great photo. Excellent point of view. What interesting roots.
Thanks a lot for this interesting photo.
Have a nice evening,

Amazing roods! Impressive subject and excellent photo Bungbing. Very interesting.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-09-06 13:07]

Hello Bungbing.
An totally awesome tree captured in a very pleasing image.Very good composition and framing, the colours and details are very good. Well done on the presentation.Best regards Siggi

Hello Bunyapon,
Impressive image captured in good details and natural colours. Also excellent POV. Well done!

Muchos ya hemos visto estas enormes raíces en fotografías e incluso en películas...
que bonito sería poder verlo directamente y también poder fotografiarlas.
Buena luz y bien captadas las formas.
Saludos Bunyapon: Josep Ignasi.

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  • BREARD Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 106 W: 1 N: 419] (2141)
  • [2011-09-06 22:18]

Bonjour Bunyapon,
Photos très intéressante et pas très courante.
Bonne exposition et belle clarté.

Hello Bungbing,

The famous tree of Angkor!
It is amazing to see the tree climbing on the stone structure, giving a good idea of the time element here...
Well framed, sharp fine details!

Pablo -

Unusual are the roots of this tree. How to effectively absorb this is also an interesting building.

wow, what a picture, it seems as two old things together, impressive capture,

congratulations !

ciao, tino

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