|Copyright: Nilotpal Patra (nilotpal_patra) (49)|
|Date Taken: 2010-03-17|
|Camera: Nikon Coolpix L20|
|Exposure: f/3.1, 1/140 seconds|
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|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2010-03-23 4:27|
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|Common name: Banyan tree • Hindi: Barh बढ़ • Manipuri: Khongnang taru • Urdu: Bargad • Sanskrit: Vat • Tamil: ஆலை Alai • Telugu: Marri chettu మర్రి చెట్టు |
Botanical name: Ficus bengalensis Family: Moraceae (mulberry family)
Barh or Banyan, a remarkable tree of India and tropical Africa sends down from its branches great numbers of shoots, which take root and become new trunks. A single tree thus may spread over a large area and look like a small forest. This tree is considered to be sacred in some places in India. A specimen in the Calcutta botanical garden is more than 100 years old. It has a main trunk 13 feet (4 m) in diameter, 230 trunks as large as oak trees, and more than 3,000 smaller ones. The largest banyan tree known is on the island of Sri Lanka. It has 350 large trunks and over 3,000 small ones. The banyan often grows to a height of over 21 meters and lives through many ages. Perhaps the most amazing part of this extraordinary tree is its flower. What we think of as the fruit is really a hollow, flower-bearing structure called a cyconia. The inside it is lined with hundreds of male and female flowers. The males carry pollen and the females bear seeds. Various parts of this plant are considered medicinal. The bark of this therapeutically valuable tree is attributed with tonic, astringent,cooling and diuretic properties in Ayurveda. A postal stamp was issued by the Indian Postal Department to commemorate this tree.
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This image is just proof that even a simple object like berries can turn out to be a great photograph and one do not always have to take pictures of tiny insects, colourful birds or unusual mammals to be seen as a good photographer. This is a basic and very straightforward image, but unique and eye-catching because your technical skills was used to its best. This is great image, with details well seen and displayed. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.
ps. I was just wondering if it is really neccesary to have your name twice on the image as it actually distracts the eye from the beauty of the actual subject.
Well seen and deftly captured, Nilotpal.
We tend to take certain sights like this one for granted; I personally have seen these 'fruits' on a Banyan tree umpteen times but never paused enough to see their beauty like you have done here.
Marvellous composition and colours.
TFS and all the best.
I really do not know how to praise this shot. Superb capture of a very simple thing, great POV and colours. On the blurry background, the berries look almost three dimensional.