Monday, November 22, 2010

Glowing Leaves



It was an unusually sunny November day today. And this morning, on the parking lot of my office at Indonesia University of Education (UPI Bandung), I saw the sun light streaming through the super-sized leaves of the Katapang tree (terminalia catappa), making them glow in beautiful hues of green.

Katapang is a native tree of the southeast asian regions (except in the islands of Sumatra and Kalimantan/Borneo where curiously the natural occurence is reportedly very rare).

The hot, tropical coastal areas are the natural habitat of the tree. However, it can also grow well in areas up to about 400 meters above sea level with rainfall of about 1,000–3,500 mm per year with 6 months dry season. Ketapang sheds its leaves twice a year.

4 comments:

Mood, call me Mahmood said...

Saudara Eki,
Beautiful moment in time. I like the translucent colours.Ketapang provide great shade but as you mentioned its shedding of leaves makes cleaning the car park grounds a tough job. BTW a belated Salam Aidil Adha to you.
May Allah bless you and family.

I-A-N said...

wow...!!! this greet..!!! i like it...

Photo Cache said...

the leaves do appear to glow.

does it have fruits or blooms?

Dina said...

Sheds leaves twice a year?? Interesting!