THE BANYAN TREE

One of my co-workers (Luther) who is in his early 70s picked me up today for work. He’s at that age where he likes to tell his average life story over and over, so I humored him and went along for the ride (that and I saved money on gas).
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It was a short Friday at work, me & Luther finished what we had to do and the boss told us to take the rest of the day off.
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As I’m getting in Luther’s truck he ask me if I’d like to see homes he’s built in the pass (he’s lived in Sarasota for 50 years). Of course I’m thinking to myself FUCK NO LUTHER, TAKE ME THE FUCK HOME, but I smile at him and say, “sure, sounds good”.
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What was suppose to be a quick trip turned into a 2hr trip as we drove around in circles looking at homes that were built in the 70s and 80s. I’m playing my cool though, Luther is a solid guy and has fallen victim for my orher-worldly charm, so I wanted to keep his morale high (old people are dying, so keeping their morale boosted is key).
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THE BANYAN TREE is an invasive species of tree, it will slowly climb up other trees like a vine as it lays its seeds inside of its host (the other tree) and eventually kill it. But goddamn, the Banyan tree is absalutly gorgeous. It has the most complex and intricate root system I have ever seen in the plant kingdom. The roots start long before it hits the ground. Probably the most alien looking tree in the south. The Banyan truly looks like a parasite.

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Luther says to me “let me show you one more neighborhood I worked on before I take you home”. We are driving along the Manatee river (I too live on this river, it’s massive and flows into Tampa bay). This area Luther takes me to has million dollar lots, these lots are worth more than the homes built on them. Damn, I am impressed! This section of town is nothing but Banyan trees hanging all over the place. These trees hang over all the roads and homes . If J R R TOLKIEN wrote a bullshit fantasy story about a Floridian cracker, it would have taken place here.

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Some short footage I got with my cellphone, it doesn’t do this place Justice though.

 

 

 

  • Bulgingsnake

    I’m not into ping pong