To celebrate the New Year we need a little optimism, and the beauty of nature helps greatly. Since our future depends on forests and trees, I have selected a few magnificent ones which I had never seen before. Here is a Mexican Ceiba, the sacred tree of the Maya, symbol of the universe, which is also known as the silk-cotton tree or Yax Che. It can grow up to 70 meters in height. Its fruit is harvested for kapok fiber to stuff mattresses and pillows. This tree can also be found in Angkor Wat. This particular one has a trunk of up to 3 m wide and the branches are bunched up at the top with an umbrella-like canopy which symbolizes the upper world and the thirteen levels in which the Maya heaven was divided…
Equally sacred for the Maoris in New Zealand, the Pohutukawa tree blooms at the beginning of the summer just in time for Christmas in the southern hemisphere. Its red flowers are fluffy and bright. This one was photographed in the Coromandel peninsula by architect David Berridge.
Parisdiary wishes you a very Happy New Year and thanks you for your comments and enthusiastic reactions all year long.
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