Weekly Photo Challenge: Growth

By Vladimir Brezina

This week’s Photo Challenge is Growth.

The Strangler Fig.

From the Encyclopaedia Britannica:

…Beginning life as a sticky seed left on a high tree branch by an animal such as a bird, bat, or monkey, the young strangler lives on the tree’s surface… As it grows, long roots develop and descend along the trunk of the host tree, eventually reaching the ground and entering the soil. Several roots usually do this, and they become grafted together, enclosing their host’s trunk in a strangling latticework, ultimately creating a nearly complete sheath around the trunk. The host tree’s canopy becomes shaded by the thick fig foliage, its trunk constricted by the surrounding root sheath, and its own root system forced to compete with that of the strangling fig. This process can kill the host; if not, the host tree, being much older than the strangler, still dies eventually and rots away and a magnificent fig “tree” is left behind whose apparent “trunk” is actually a gigantic cylinder of roots.


Here and here are two more responses to the challenge.

Other nice interpretations of “Growth”:

41 responses to “Weekly Photo Challenge: Growth

  1. Johna Till Johnson

    What a creepy idea, and yet beauty results….


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  4. Double thanks! I admire you for how well you juggle an interesting life, great photos, equally-great writing, and still have time for acknowledging others! You definitely get a cheerleading award! Z


    • Unfortunately, there really isn’t enough time for everything, so some things do get pushed onto the back burner—and stay there if I am not careful. But thank you for the cheerleading award, Z! :-)


  5. Wow – I had no idea – sort of lhe plant version of the bird species that lay their eggs in other birds’ nests! Great post and photo!


  6. I’ve learned something new :) Thank you.


  7. P.S. what a funny coincidence .. I am having a few figs right now :D


  8. I’m afraid I can’t see the picture.


    • Sorry about that! it seems that most people can see it, however… so it’s probably a browser issue. I’ve had times when I couldn’t see my own pictures, or those on anyone else’s blog, until I restarted my browser, which was essentially choking on all the material cached over the preceding several days…


    • Actually, it was me screwing up this time. There were two copies of the photo and I deleted the wrong one… Thanks for pointing it out!


  9. great post


  10. Thanks for the credit and compliment!! I like how you did the ping-back thing! I might try to emulate that idea, if you don’t mind. The whole blog world seems to have such a positive community, I am really enjoying it. The real world could use it as a guide! ;-)


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  13. Thanks for the mention! Great entry too! :)


  14. Very interesting plant… ;-)


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  17. Thank you very much for the mention! :D


  18. The roots on this tree are massive. This is perfect for the growth challenge. You seem to have lots of interesting pix’s and an outstanding photographic eye.Fabulous ….!!!!


    • I have a lot of photos of some things (e.g., kayaking) but not so many of others, so some challenges are, well, challenging ;-) But I usually manage to think of something…

      This tree was actually a baby, as banyan trees go. They can be really massive!


      • I thought t was a Banyan but didn’t want to say that. We have them here in Florida. There is a massive one at the Thomas Edison musem. It has been there forever. When he was alive he built things around it in order to preserve it. Such a GREAT conservationist to do that. It was hard to tell in the photo if it was a young tree but then again that’s what makes a GREAT photographer. You capture the viewers eye of illusion. Keep up the great pix’s taking.


        • :-) In fact, this one was in Florida, in your part of it even, it sounds like! It was one of a number of these trees growing on the grounds of the Sanibel Harbour Marriott Resort in Fort Myers. And we did intend to visit the Edison tree but never got around to it… next time!


  19. Very interesting facts! I love the morbidness of it all with the fight to survive and the whole circle of life. Thanks for the mention, also!


  20. sweet thanks so much!


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