Friday, April 15, 2011

Images of Nature: A magnificent tree and its shadow

The tree and its shadow: There is so much energy in a single tree away from its own shadow.
Botanical name: Cavanillesia platanifolia (H. & B.) H.B.K. The tree common name is cuipo. It is an emergent, deciduous tree from Central America. It can grow as tall as 60m (196.8 feet)  and 2.5 m trunk diameter (8.2 feet). During the dry season the tree loses its leaves and it produces reddish flowers and later big winged fruits that allow the recognition of the tree from far distances. This plant is one of the favorite nesting sites of the Harpy eagle.
Drawing by Mirna Santana August 3, 2008.

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