Ficus benghalensis – a place of reflection.

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Admiring a Ficus benghalensis in Jardín Botánico Canario Viera y Clavijo.

The banyan tree is central to several Asian religions including Hinduism & Buddhism. Banyan refers to many species of fig, but most specifically to the Indian banyan, Ficus benghalensis. Banyans also serve a practical purpose, as a shady place for merchants to meet – banya is from the Gujarati word for trader. The epiphytic tree starts by wrapping itself around a host tree before plunging roots into the ground – a convenient metaphor for forces beyond human control, or struggle more generally. The banyan is sacred to Buddhists as a place of reflection. After attaining enlightenment, the Buddha is said to have sat under a banyan for seven days, reflecting.

The Peace of Wild Things.

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Peace & Good will to all life. Wishing you all healthy, happy & fruitful transitions into 2017 & beyond.

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spirituality to me.

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Inspiring role models: Saalumarada Thimmakka.

It’s not often that you hear about one person who has single-handedly planted & nurtured a woodland  as service to fellow human beings & wildlife. But Saalumarada Thimmakka is one such woman & still going strong at 105 years old!

Her woodland of native Ficus benghalensis (Banyan) trees in Karnataka, India bestows an invaluable gift for all her fellow villagers to benefit from & a legacy for future generations of all sentient life.

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Saalumarada Thimmakkka – a Foundation has been created in her name to continue the inspirational work she started.

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Environmentalist Saalumarada  Thimmakka rejoicing amidst the woodland she planted & nurtured that stretches for four kilometers both sides of the road from Thimmakka’s village of Hulikal and Kudur, the next.
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The beautiful woodland grove of Banyan trees lovingly grown by Saalumarada Thimmakka.

Further Reading:

http://edition.cnn.com/2016/11/04/asia/saalumarada-thimmakka-trees-india/

http://thimmakkafoundation.org/about%20thimmakka.html

http://www.kew.org/science-conservation/plants-fungi/ficus-benghalensis-banyan

 

Looking fabulous right now: Acer palmatum ‘Osakazuki’ & Buddhas :)

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Acer palmatum ‘Osakazuki’ with glorious shades of bright scarlet this autumn.
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Brilliant scarlet colour!
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Meditating Buddha sculpture at Glenwhan gardens.
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Buddha sculpture at Glenwhan gardens.

The sea. A constantly changing companion.

Standing in solidarity.
We are water – we are all one.
Honouring & Protecting sacred water – our common ancestral interconnectedness around the world.

I feel incredibly nourished & lucky living by the sea. Listening to her song, watching her movements & the spectacular play between water & light.

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Liquid gold.
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Dusk & local fishermen hauling in their boats using a tractor next to Port Logan Lighthouse Tower and Pier.
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Low tide. Mericurial silvery movement.
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Expansive fine spun clouds up above.
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Honouring the most life sustaining gift on earth – water – our common interconnectedness.