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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

#37 Shaft of Light

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We all know what a strangler tree does. It starts out as a vine on a forest floor. Then it climbs high up a host tree and drops its roots down to the ground. As its roots thicken and multiply, the host tree is eventually strangled and rots away, leaving a hollow core around a convulated mass of roots.

But in Baler Aurora, we found a story that didn't end there.

We went to see the biggest living tree there, a strangler as well, but this one continued to drop new roots until it became a monster. They say at least 50 people holding hands are needed to circumnavigate its entire breadth.

We found a group of children innocently playing nearby. Coupled with a stray shaft of sunlight, we found a composition worthy of the largest living thing in Baler. Enjoy.

6 comments:

  1. These are really great shots. But this Balete Tree is actually not in Baler, but in Maria Aurora, Aurora Province.

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  2. Ohmilord, your photos are absolutely gorgeous! Thank you so much for showing the Philippines in such a beautiful light! I will definitely spread news of your blog around. Again, thank you.

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  3. Awesome. You captured the beauty of the Philippines, makes me envy you in a good way. The photo with the kids reminds me of my childhood, which was partly spent roaming in the wilderness. Thank you for sharing your works of art.

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  4. This is amazing...i got to see this when i come home...thanks

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  5. The tree roots are looking more alive than inanimate...as I look I can see images within...on the right for example I can see two arms with the hands holding the bunches of leaves...beautiful composition...how did you put those high lights on the children...the spot light I mean...

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  6. Awesome photo. It breaths LIFE!

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