Friday, December 30, 2011

Photo - Moreton Bay Fig Tree (Ficus macrophylla)

This massive fig tree has been a centerpiece of Balboa Park
for nearly 100 years.  When I was a boy, children were allowed
to play in the tree and climb all over the branchs and aerial roots.
Arborists realized that the tree was slowly dying from all of the human
interaction so a fence was erected around the canopy edge to keep
humans away.  The tree has thrived so much that the fence has been
moved out to keep pace with the expanding canopy size.
Note my 2 sons standing in front of the tree for scale.

Photos by Doug Kalal, taken at Balboa Park

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