Foundationally Plantastic!

The Hot, Loud and Proud meme is up for this month.  You can check out a beautiful garden and get the instructions on how to participate in this meme by following that link!

I have been increasingly fascinated by the foundations of our local flora so this month I have included a few, kind of fun, photos to share.

Sometimes what holds up the plants and trees can be very mesmerizing.

Sometimes the foundations of plants are just as fascinating as what grows on their branches.

What hangs under those trees can be interesting.

Sometimes what hangs from underneath a tree can be just as fascinating.  I love banyon trees and things of that nature — anything that looks even remotely like it has vines is the coolest!

How can you not marvel at this fascinating network of roots?

As much as you might think the photo above is a painting, it is not.  It is an actual photograph.  The roots of that tree do indeed look that awesome!  The ones on the right side come up to about half a calf in height — about ten inches.  Amazing!

Older roots can look like fossils!

Then you have the interesting roots like those above that look like fossils, but they are obviously still functioning.

That’s not to say they can’t look strange!I don’t know what to make out of this tree trunk over here to the left that looks like it has the elephant man’s disease.  I’m not sure what kind of trauma could have caused the strange bulby-looking growths on the bark.  Anyone in the know is welcome to comment on this!

I was very puzzled — it  looks like the tree has massive warts or something.

Most people would just walk right on by without giving it a second glance and not find anything interesting to say about it — I just couldn’t stop staring.  I guess when you have your camera in hand it makes you more observant.  If anyone needs that, I do!  As a general rule, I am not observant at all!

The barks and roots of these trees and plants seem to have quite a mind of their own.

Catch a tree before it falls!Survival of the fittest?  This little darling on the left caught my attention and pulled at my heart.  This little root seems to have reached for the ground to hold up the tree that actually does look like it’s about to tumble down the hill.

I actually found my mind wandering and wondering if they really can contemplate such a thing — “let me put a hand down here before we fall.”  I do that.  It even looks like little fingers!  I’ve gotta keep an eye on that one!

When they fall, they look like what’s pictured in the photos below.  The City & County has to come and cut them up into smaller, movable pieces.  In some cases they have to move them off the middle of the road so traffic can continue on its way.

The pieces of this fallen tree seen below look like coffee and end tables just waiting to happen!  They are so beautiful and natural.  It broke my heart to see the tree fallen but my oh my.  I hope a wood carver or two get their hands on some of these pieces.  I wonder if they would have to pay for them.  Hmmm…

What happens when a tree falls.

Look at the grain!  These are just natural pieces of wood.  Nothing has been nothing done to them except to cut them into manageable sizes.

Here’s a coffee table waiting to happen!

The one above looks like a beautiful table-to-be to me!  I wish I could put that in my living room!

It’s larger than you think!  A human foot just makes a mark on the edge.

Just to gauge the size of the trunk of this fallen darling, I took a picture of my foot to get an idea of the size of this thing.  This was certainly no twig, far from!

Plants are great, and they can continue to be great!  There is a craftsman that works on the fallen trees at Moanalua Gardens.  What beautiful work he has done!  I’ll share some of those pictures in a future post!

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4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 noel // Mar 2, 2011 at 10:51 am

    i also love to see beautiful wood and the amazing anchors of their roots, they are so interesting and tell us amazing things just from the visuals

    thanks for linking to the meme 🙂

  • 2 Evelyn // Mar 3, 2011 at 6:03 am

    Thanks, Noel, I just can’t help myself when I see this stuff! The pictures don’t do them justice. They’re just amazing to see and touch.

  • 3 gigi-hawaii // Mar 4, 2011 at 4:41 am

    great photography, Evelyn!

  • 4 HawaiiVacationGifts // Mar 25, 2011 at 11:08 pm

    Hi Evelyn!
    I enjoyed your fascinating tree photos. I just posted one of mine today of an Ohia tree that looks like it is wearing a mossy leg warmer. I even found a picture of a girl wearing a leg warmer so you can compare them! Please feel free to leave a comment:)

    http://www.doublebrush.com/2011/03/hawaiian-tree-leg-warmer-made-by-mother-nature.html

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