29 August 2010


Although the tree looks almost dead but it is not. A new branch has sprung with full of life.

This picture was taken at Yala National Park.


Amila Kanchana said...

Long live the tree!

Dee said...

nice one. makes u think about life in general :)

Frieda said...

That's a great picture. A seemingly dead tree that is still alive...

rainfield61 said...

This the the greatness of the Nature.

Wikeds said...

That's a nice concept to match the picture.

Betsy Banks Adams said...

Interesting tree, K... I always enjoy looking at trees also... That one does seem to be coming back to life...

Have a great day.

George said...

You've just proven we should never give up on the healing powers of nature. Thanks for a great picture.

Kirigalpoththa said...

I think it will :)

Yep, it teaches never die attitude :)

It is not ready to give up. Thanks!

Agree with you.

Glad you like it :)

'I always enjoy looking at trees also' - me too :)

Yes, the nature is a great healer! We should never underestimates her amazing power!

Thanks all for your wonderful comments!

Amaris in Wonderland said...

What a great scene. Such lovely elements in this pic!

The base of the tree is very interesting. I love the gnarled limbs that seem to be reaching out toward the deeper part of the pond.

This may have nothing at all to do with it, but i wonder if the new growth has anything to do with the lost limb? With plants, if there is some sort of damage, the plant will focus on repairing it, rather than growing. Just a thought…

Naquillity said...

very resilient tree. i love when something continues to thrive in nature against all odds. great capture.

btw, that sunset a few posts below is stunning. you make me want to visit its banks one day. have a great night.

Indrani said...

This is amazing! A great pic of hope.

Francisca said...

I too marvel at the wonder of nature... and humans... to heal themselves. And I share your love of trees.

[You asked how I travel so much. I think it's in my DNA - family history - and it doesn't hurt that I have family all over the globe. But it certainly is a passion of mine, and thus I have arranged my life so that I travel for both business and pleasure.]

Tammie Lee said...

trees are amazing like that, they can live on and on even with diseases in parts of them. I have a couple of trees like that in my yard, lightening hit part of it, but it keeps on living.

Kirigalpoththa said...

Your comment is very interesting. Yes I also heard about it somewhere but never thought about it. May be it is just a sign of repairing process :) Thanks very much for sharing that knowledge.

Yes it is shows its amazing resilience. Glad you like the sunset image. That is one of my favourites too :) Thanks a lot for your comments.

Thanks very much for your comments.

Yes, I love watching trees and photographing interesting ones like this.
I must say that it is a very interesting life you have! Hope to see all your travels through your blog :)

Yes, it is quite amazing and interesting to study the way nature adjust to everything. Thanks a lot for your comments.

Me-shak said...

Lovely picture K :) I'm a sucker for big trees and this one definitely is one o the good ones. It's wonderful to see life in action isn't it?


NicoleB said...

The wonders of nature!
I love trees like that, at least for photography :D

Kirigalpoththa said...

Me-shak / Nicole,
Thanks very much for your comments.

Μαριανα said...

What a nice photo and message. I liked the comment of Amaris, made me think your post in a whole new level, more symbolical.
Regards from Greece!

Al said...

Great shot, I love to see how the tree is surviving. There's a park near me, and some of the pine trees there have obviously been through a lot. In some cases it's clear that the main trunk died (sometimes the signs of a lightning strike are visible), but a branch kept growing and eventually became a new trunk.

Kirigalpoththa said...

Yes, Amaris came up with a very intereting point. Thanks a lot for your comments too :)

Yes, nature is always amazing. Isn't it? Thanks a lot for sharing your experience :)

Amila Salgado said...

I don't mean to be picky, but that tree is as dead as Queen Victoria. The oasis of greenery that you see atop of it is a strangler fig; the host is long dead and gone.

Kirigalpoththa said...

That is interesting. Do you mean this is another tree growing from the dead trunk? Never thought about that :)
It can be something like parasite (Pilila in Sinhalese)growth also right?

Amila Salgado said...

Strangler figs, commence their exisitence as epiphytes, using the host tree as a support base—in a non-parasitic way—obtaining moisure, and nutrients from air, and rain; and any debris within its reach. (Hence the reason why they can even grow atop old buildings, walls, etc.)

Gradually they send their roots down and get a "foothold" underneath the host tree. Over time, they overshadow the host, blocking sunlight; and compete for mositure, and nutrients in the soil. And eventually, they starve the host to death.

You can see such strangler fig-type people in offices world over—nip 'em in the bud! ;)

(A lovely row of strangler figs, in their element, can be seen in front of St. Bridget's Convent; those who peek only at the girls miss the trees! :D)

Pilila—a type of parasite [A mistletoe (referred technically, as a hemiparasite)], extract water and nutrients from the host plant by making an anatomical fusion to the latter. As they have green pigment, Pilila can also do a bit of photosynthesis (to make their own food).

Carol said...

There is a true will to live there. I have a tree with similar growing and dying back behavior. This is a more majestic tree and I wish it long life. ;>)

Kirigalpoththa said...

Mate, I think I should do another post with your valuable comments. It is necessary do so to clear out the mistaken identity of the tree :) This is load of information.

Yes, the strangler fig types are abundant in human world than in the nature I guess.

Also I simply can't remember any fig trees at SBC. Dunno why! ;)

Thanks a million Amila!

Kirigalpoththa said...

Thanks a lot for your comments, and I think Gallicissa's logic (comment above) is correct now.

Harshi said...

A classic piece of art! Life in the nature can be so touching and inspiring. This big tree seems as good as dead, but it still supports a new life, prolly a different species planted by a birdie passing by.

magerata said...

You and Gallicissa rock. Man both of you keep my free hours busy. I am in the mountains today in Reno, Nevada. I will do some hikes! Bears are everywhere, they broke into few houses down the road from where we are staying. So I will have to keep to more popular paths.

Kirigalpoththa said...

Yes, definitely it is supporting another life and perhaps lots of more which we can't see from the outside.

Many thanks :)
You better stick to more popular paths. Bears are the most ferocious carnivours :O.