This is not a forest, this is a single tree and a tree without the main trunk... The Great Banyan Tree of Botanical Garden, Shibpur (Near Kolkata).
The Great Banyan Tree is perhaps the widest tree in the world in terms of area of the canopy. It occupies about 14500 square metres of ground and the present crown of the tree has a circumference of about 1 kilometre. (Source: Wiki)
The description board of the Garden says:
Botanically known as Ficuus Benghalensis L and belonging to the family of Moraceae, the tree is native to India. The fruit is like a small fig but is not edible and is red when ripe. This tree is over 250 years old and in spread it is largest in India and perhaps in Asia. There is no clear history of the tree as to the time of planting etc., but it is mentioned in some travel books of the nineteenth century. It was damaged by two great cyclones of 1864 and 1867, when some of its main branches were broken, exposing it to the attack of a hard fungus. With its large number of aerial roots which grow from branches and run vertically to the ground and look like so many trunks, the Great Banyan Tree looks more like a forest than an individual tree. Interestingly enough, the tree now lives in perfect vigour without its main trunk which decayed and had to be removed in 1925.
WS1: The tree
WS2: Plaque of the main trunk
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Kamilutka (8105) 2014-01-12 9:11
your photo really surprised me and I have read your note with interest. The image of the banyan tree is a perfect illustration for it. Good shot with nice colors, light and sharpness.
Have a nice evening
jhm (151528) 2014-01-12 10:30
These trees jungle is wonderful, also the colours make these picture lovely.
Great quality and wonderful subject.
Composition and presentation be superb.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice evening,
pajaran (59559) 2014-01-12 11:34
Interesantan tekst o drvetu, sa opisom ...
Dobar snimak i perspektiva, lepo pokazano mesto sa drvecem.
Dobar rad i kontrast, lepe boje.
Lepe fotografije u radionici.
Prijatno vece i mirna noc, sve najbolje.
An interesting article on the tree, with a description ...
Good shot and perspective, beautiful place with trees shown.
Good work and contrast, beautiful colors.
Beautiful photography in the workshop.
Good evening and peaceful night, all the best.
Miguel82 (27674) 2014-01-12 17:50
Dear Alekhya, this is a remarkable botanic contribution, it's useful to write in your photo note that it's the result of a single tree and trunk, it's merely surprising as many nature phenomenons, bright hues and high definition, all the best, see you
mcmtanyel (21810) 2014-01-12 21:11
Yes, I think I have seen a photo of this very tree before. I like your rendition of it, too. It is hard to believe this is all one tree.
SnapRJW (31629) 2014-01-12 21:32
Hello Alekhya - I am fascinated to read your note and to see a shot of this strange but incredible tree and wonder if it has any spiritual significance in India? I like the way you have used an opening amongst the thicket of trunks to invite us into the shot. An intriguing study where the WS's flesh out the story. Have a good week Rosemary
holmertz (51236) 2014-01-13 3:11
This is an amazing trio of photos, much more interesting than the first glimpse would indicate. In fact you have made a very good contribution to TE with these very informative photos and the note. This is also a beautiful shot with very fine colours and an attractive vertical pattern created by the many branches.
Subhogen (4067) 2014-01-13 3:13
Nice capture of this famous tree. Excellent title. It is amazing to see how these roots have planted themselves in the ground to provide nourishment to this tree in the absence of its main trunk.
Vibrant green colours all over the frame, very soothing to the city eyes. You have captured the atmosphere of this place very well in the photo. I like the sun spots on the ground created by the sunlight coming through the canopy. It really looks like a jungle out there, hard to believe that all this just one tree. Khub bhalo hoyeche.
Thanks for sharing.
subhendu_bagchi (26089) 2014-01-13 3:34
yes, the jungle of A tree. Nice idea to present it like this. Great to see the depth of the image which you achieve by f/8. Light is just perfect. Very good one indeed. Really enjoyable. Tfs.
Nicou (140116) 2014-01-13 5:36
Les branches toutes noires ressortent parfaitemetn de cet ensemble de tronc avec le sol quelle vue et iamge quelle couleur et sous bois sueprbe.
Bravo et amitiť
Noel_Byrne (30499) 2014-01-13 8:46
I've never seen the likes of this before, and amazing natural shot of a completely amazing piece of life. When I looked at this first, my thoughts were that this is the type of forest where the trees could come to life, and strange things happen. Knowing now that this is just one tree, I feel even more strongly that its likely to come to life! You took a perfect composition for this, with the scene framed beautifully, and the light is fantastic, which I would not think was easy here.
Really great shot, thanks for sharing.
All the best
abmdsudi (53079) 2014-01-13 10:12
Your descriptions are always so informative; Great composition, with the 'jungle' occupying the whole frame, they are huge easily can survive for more than one hundred years and revered for medicinal value and the amount of oxygen they generate. What strikes me here is the lush green in term of the canopy, branches and the amazing root system with lovely detail all round. A lovely tranquil verdant image and so luminous, imho bit more shadow will do just right. Fine shot, tfs
fabbs99 (17133) 2014-01-14 21:33
Impressive shot of the green woods from the botanical gardens.
Excellent image quality with good colors and sharpness.Very well done. TFS.
mirosu (16041) 2014-01-15 0:47
Thank for your educative note. It is very interesting. I did not know about this kind of tree. Most fascinating. You have captured it in excellent way.
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nikkitta (17066) 2014-01-16 14:19
Great and thanks for the note and WS, without them I would habe been at a loss, never saw or imagine such a big tree, he alone seem a jungle, as you said
Here in Argentine happens the same with some ficus, rots are new trees, but so big
Very good contribution to TE
Greetings and congrats
COSTANTINO (64230) 2014-01-27 12:44
impressive tree original version
according to your useful notes this is
not a forest it is a single tree
I am suprised to see such a composition
thanks for sharing it with us
adores (45029) 2014-01-29 15:54
It's really impressive, it must be huge!I like this pov and you managed light very well. It must be fantastic to walk in this place!