We have traveled to Hawaii many times over the years and on three of those times we visited the island of Maui and viewed the state’s largest banyan tree. The tree stands proudly in the town of Lahaina’s Courthouse Square. Locals call the place Banyan Tree Park. I took this shot in 2006 and converted it the other day to monochrome using Lightroom and Nik Silver Efex Pro. It will be my entry for this week’s Monochrome Madness Challenge.
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The tree was planted in 1873 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the arrival of the first Protestant missionaries in Maui. It is now 60 feet high and its sixteen major trunks cover two-thirds of an acre.
The banyan tree (Ficus benghalensis) is a native of India and the largest banyan tree in the world is located in Kolkata. The word “banyan” is derived from the Hindu word for trader. It entered the English language when British visitors in India observed traders selling their wares in the shade of the huge trees.
Australian photographer Leanne Cole is the host of the weekly Monochrome Madness Challenge. Visit Leanne’s website to see what other photographers from all over the world are doing in monochrome these days.