I like to climb shit.
I had never seen a Banyan tree prior to this trip to Oahu, Hawaii with my family. These behemoths are the largest trees in the world in terms of coverage area, and can live up to two-hundred and fifty years. The largest one alive today is in India—it spans 4.7 acres (1.9 hectares) and can shelter twenty-thousand people!
The Banyan begins as an epiphyte which (after a Google search) means that its seed germinates inside of a host tree and then takes it over, often killing the poor sap. If the host tree dies, it decomposes, and leaves a hollow, cylindrical core that's perfect for many forest dwelling creatures to burrow safely in.
These pictures are from June of 2019 near Manoa Falls. I'm not in Hawaii while writing this post, unfortunately, because it's a lot cooler being in Hawaii than not being in Hawaii.
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