You think you’ve seen it all, and then Takanori Aiba comes along with his flawless bonsai designs. With a background as a maze illustrator and then as an art director, Aiba knew he could create something really special. So, he now combines his two great passions in life to re-imagine the bonsai tree where creativity takes over and we enter a world of pure fantasy.
Delonix regia is a species of flowering plant in the family Fabaceae, subfamily Caesalpinioideae. It is noted for its fern-like leaves and flamboyant display of flowers. In many tropical parts of the world it is grown as an ornamental tree and in English it is given the name Royal Poinciana or Flamboyant. It is also one of several trees known as Flame tree. The official tree island is Puerto Rico.photo source – 500px
Trees play a significant role in reducing erosion and moderating the climate. They remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and store large quantities of carbon in their tissues. Trees and forests provide a habitat for many species of animals and plants. Tropical rainforests are one of the most biodiverse habitats in the world. Trees provide shade and shelter, timber for construction, fuel for cooking and heating, and fruit for food as well as having many other uses.
The widest tree in the world: El Árbol del TuleEl Árbol del Tule (Spanish for The Tree of Tule) is a tree located in the church grounds in the town center of Santa María del Tule in the Mexican state of Oaxaca. In 2005, its trunk had a circumference of 42.0 m (137.8 ft), equating to a diameter of 14.05 m (46.1 ft). In 2001 it was placed on a UNESCO tentative list of World Heritage Sites. The height is difficult to measure due to the very broad crown; the 2005 measurement, made by laser, is 35.4 m (116 ft). It is so large that it was originally thought to be multiple trees, but DNA tests have proven that it is only one tree. Continue reading
Old-growth features include diverse tree-related structures that provide diverse wildlife habitat that increases the bio-diversity of the forested ecosystem. The concept of diverse tree structure includes multi-layered canopies and canopy gaps, greatly varying tree heights and diameters, and diverse tree species and classes and sizes of woody debris.source
These amazing trees are native to a small group of islands in the Indian Ocean called Socotra. What makes them so amazing is the red sap which exudes from the bark after wounding, which is what gives the trees their name; Dragon Blood Trees.
They aren’t just odd looking tress that “bleed” red either, the medicinal and colouring properties of the resin was recorded by the ancient civilisations of Greece and Rome and continues to be used in medicine, dyes, varnish and incense to this day.