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Thursday, May 20, 2010

Big Banyan Tree, Lahaina

Big Banyan Tree, Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii ~ May 7, 2010

Big Banyan Tree, Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii On first impression, it doesn't look like one tree. The shade was inviting, and the trunks beckoned me to explore.

Big Banyan Tree, Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii The guy with the green shirt leaning against this mass of roots is working or playing on his laptop. As I gazed around, I realized that he wasn't alone. I'll bet there were at least five people sitting under the tree using their computers. This banyon tree and its assorted benches provide a sort of outdoor internet cafe (bring your own laptop, and I'm not sure where the connection comes from).

Big Banyan Tree, Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii One tree creates a small forest of beatifully-textured roots and light-play from the tree's canopy.

Big Banyan Tree, Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii This is the main trunk. Branches of varying sizes reach out horizontally and . . .

Big Banyan Tree, Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii . . . like these, they drop roots in large clusters.

Big Banyan Tree, Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii The roots eventually look like real trunks, and the branch continues to grow outward to form yet another trunk.

Big Banyan Tree, Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii Here is a plaque at the base of the main trunk.

On another note, a funny thing happened while we were wandering under the tree. A young woman was telling a young man about the cruise she was on. She said, "We're stopping at some small town, then going on to Seattle, and then Alaska." Can you guess where that small town is? Right. Astoria, Oregon. If you're reading this and don't know me, that's where I live. I could say, "Small world," but so many cruise ships stop here that it's not such a coincidence. It did make us laugh, though. A few days after we got back, there was a cruise ship in port. I wonder if she was on it.


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9 comments:

Jacob said...

It's a small world. Someday we've got to visit Astoria! Banyan trees are amazing...there are some in South Florida. I'll bet you had fun in Hawaii!

T. Becque said...

We must take the same vacations - first London (Natural History Museum), and now Maui! I loved it there. I remember this, these trees are fantastic!

SFBakstad said...

I love Banyan Trees. I was born and raised in Honolulu and every time I go back to the islands, I take my husband to the Moana Hotel in Waikiki where they have a gigantic Banyan Tree in their courtyard. They are just so magnificent!

Lee Spangler said...

It sure makes me happy to see that tree in your pictures. I knew you would like it, who wouldn't. It gives everyone such a peaceful feeling, but again that's Hawaii!

cieldequimper said...

Amazing. And so beautiful.

Sorry that you have such a weird impression of the French. Don't they say we are a haughty lot?

Unseen Rajasthan said...

Wow this is so beautiful and peaceful place !!Beautiful Shots and lovely place !!Great Work !!

Halcyon said...

Wow! I definitely didn't see this when I was there. Really cool!

Our cruise was around the islands. So we actually flew into Hawaii and then cruised each island and then flew home. Only American-flagged cruise ships are allowed to do that. So the other just stop in Honolulu after leaving from Seattle or LA or other Pacific-side ports. Funny that they called your place some unknown town though. I feel I know it well!

JM said...

This is amazing! Great post!

lodolite said...

che meraviglia di albero!
ciao simona