I’m usually not much of a nature boy, saving the passion of the outdoors for my forester brother. But in the Southern Hemisphere I couldn’t help take pictures of trees that are really different from the ones at home.
The tree picture above is planted near One Tree Hill in Auckland, New Zealand, the site made famous in the U2 song. Ironically, the actual One Tree Hill is treeless due to a dispute between the native Maori and the later arriving Kiwis about what type of tree should be planted there, a native one or a colonizing intruder.
Here are a few photos of some other unusual trees we’ve seen along the way:
The Buddha statue pictured above is the only one at the Ta Prohm temple of Angkor Wat that still has its head. Through decades of political turmoil and strife, including most recently the Khmer Rouge regime, the tree has protected the little Buddha.
This is our very first black-and-white photo essay. We’re curious, what do you think about it?