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"There is a way that nature speaks, that land speaks. Most of the time we are simply not patient enough, quiet enough, to pay attention to the story." ~Linda Hogan
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Morton Bay Fig Tree
Selby Gardens, Sarasota, Florida, 2003
The Morton Bay Fig is one of the most artful trees I have every experienced - it's root system is reminiscent of ocean waves. Unlike the roots of most trees the roots of the Morton Bay Fig raise up to about three feet above the ground! The roots form walls and covesm which can sit in. On top of this, the roots form a wave pattern, which extends some twenty, thirty or more feet from the hearty trunks of the tree!!
Morton Bay Fig and Banyan Trees from Selby Gardens and Ringling Museum in Sarasota, Florida constitute my first tree-photo shoot. In 2003, I visited my my dad & step-mom in Sarasota, Florida. During that trip we visited Selby Gardens and Ringling Museum.
The instant I saw the Morton Bay Fig I was inspired. The first time I laid my eyes upon my awareness of the Creator's creativity was broadened. Like banyan trees they are a type of tree out of a fantasy story. But they are real. They are imagination manifested.
Seeing those unique roots and their magnificent size was a novel experience, a revelation on the diversity of trees and let alone life.
The bay fig is very inviting and welcoming. This gives it a personality to me that is likened to an old friend. The roots are like seats and so the tree invites visitors to sit or clime or stand and watch on it's roots.
© Gregory Hochman