Strangler by girlie

Strangler

Please use the magnifier to get a much better view of this.
There are three elements in this photo of interest. The first is fellow 365er, Diana Feeney (@difeeney), on the job taking another of her excellent photos. She is not the 'strangler', of course. Di is photographing a very old farmhouse near South West Rocks, built in the mid-1800s and largely untouched since it was built, apart from a probable new roof at some time in its history. It has the typical bullnose veranda of the period which has previously been painted in the red and cream stripes popular at the time. The 'strangler' is the huge Moreton Bay Fig that can be seen dwarfing the house and everything around it. Its size indicates that it would probably be at least as old as the house.

Moreton Bay Figs (Ficus macrophylla) are native to the east coast of Australia and have been taken to such places as California, New Zealand, Hawaii, Portugal and Sicily where the climates are suitable. In Australia they reach tremendous size, sometimes to 200 ft (60m) and have enormous trunks. Typical of many ficus, the tree drops aerial roots from its branches which thicken into supplementary trunks when they reach the ground supporting the weight of its crown. Its mode of growth is often by lodging its seed in a host tree and sending strangler roots down and around the host, strangling it to death. There are many examples around here of its extraordinary root systems and when I can get a good photo of one I'll post it.
Fantastic photo.. that tree is Huge !!
Hello... from another Aussie :) ..ha ha
March 30th, 2011  
Fun Photo! Love the commentary too!
March 30th, 2011  
Wonderful description of the tree, lovely scene!
March 30th, 2011  
Glad you clarified I wasn't the strangler Robin!
March 30th, 2011  
A nice crop of information here! I do believe that a good caption adds so much to any photograph, however interesting it may be in its own right.
March 30th, 2011  
love the house, the tree is HUGE and very interesting information, thanks Robin
March 30th, 2011  
I really appreciate your commentaries Robin. They add so much to the beauty of your images. Thank you.
March 30th, 2011  
Fabulous photo and a magnificent tree. I love the old building too - where's the windmill?!
March 30th, 2011  
Beautiful
March 30th, 2011  
What an impressive tree! I love the information you gave and the picture looks so warm and beautiful!
March 30th, 2011  
Nice capture!!
March 30th, 2011  
Great capture..
March 30th, 2011  
Very interesting reading about the old farm- stead , and that tree is huge. I must look up my name sake on 365
March 30th, 2011  
Very pretty scene, very educational...I like that about you. :)
March 30th, 2011  
Wow, that tree is a monster Robin. I love reading your commentaries...always good for picking up a little something I didn't know or making me smile! :)
March 30th, 2011  
Beautiful photo with so many ineresting elements. Those ficus trees get ginormous & I believe can harbour some nasties like snakes!
March 30th, 2011  
@trimley11 Thanks Stephen. Windmill's way out in the paddock, half a mile away.
March 30th, 2011  
@ubobohobo @bluemoon Thankyou, Margaret and Paula. You're both very kind.
March 30th, 2011  
@miraries Thanks Miriam. Yes, I wouldn't be poking around near them.
March 30th, 2011  
What an impressive tree and the house looks so interesting. I love the colors in this shot. The sky just caught my eye. It's so beautiful. Wonderful capture Robin.
March 30th, 2011  
They are very big. We have one here about 10 miles to the west of us. Huge tree.
March 30th, 2011  
It sounds maybe like the banyan trees we have here? Thanks for teaching, as always. :)
March 30th, 2011  
Fascinating, Robin! You photos and words teach so much.
March 30th, 2011  
That is one enormous fig tree. Fantastic composition giving a good comparison of it's size with the wonderful old farmhouse.
Just read Miriam's mention of snakes. I'm backing away now...
March 30th, 2011  
What a fantastic Ficus. We have other types here, probably imported from Australia or Africa and their air roots are so special. Their roots sometimes damage the water pipes under the ground.
March 30th, 2011  
I have seen these trees in Hawaii! The colors in this photo are so warm a -- really beautiful!
March 30th, 2011  
great shot. i also like all the elements and colors you have in this photo. well done
March 30th, 2011  
Great shot and fascinating commentary. The shot well illustrates how the tree dwarfs the house.
March 30th, 2011  
Lovely composition and color!
March 30th, 2011  
What a magnificent photo this is. I like the sky , the old barn and that tree is huge. Thanks for including the story, makes the shot so much more interesting.
March 30th, 2011  
Great shot, so much to look at. I was quite taken by the strangler figs when I visited Australia all those years ago. So much size and such great root systems.
March 30th, 2011  
very pretty and great shot!... that tree is ridiculously big :)
March 30th, 2011  
Love this photo it looks so Australia. I saw the Australian movie The Tree on the plane to Sydney and was surprised when I saw my first Moreton Bay Fig the same day I arrived in Sydney. I recognized it right away. Really cool trees.
March 30th, 2011  
That is a rather large tree. I really like the farm house in the distance.
March 30th, 2011  
Wow - there is SO much to look at in this photo and it is definitely better using the magnifier. LOVE that old house and of course that magnificent strangler tree - what a massive tree that is.
March 30th, 2011  
what a great shot--the colors are fantastic--the elements are great--i love old houses--they own such a history!!
March 30th, 2011  
That is a great shot!! I would love to have trees growing that big all around me!
March 30th, 2011  
What a wonderful picture...so much to observe. We have some huge ficus trees in our botanical gardens too.
March 30th, 2011  
Beautiful. The tree, the sky, the perspective.....
March 30th, 2011  
Beautiful editing! Even better with the magnifier, the composition and colors and perspective are awesome!
March 31st, 2011  
We have some rather large Moreton bay figs. There is one that a restraunt was built around. Needless to say, the old figs are "protected" & the land owners are not permitted to remove them. Not native, just old & very cool. Nice shot here.
April 1st, 2011  
Definitely benefits from the magnifier. Great shot. I love these old houses and I love trees, of course.
April 2nd, 2011  
So interesting...great shot.
April 4th, 2011  
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