With a Latin name meaning "Tree of Life", the Lignum Vitae is one of the most hardest woods on the planet and certainly the densest. Believe it or not, this one in the picture is at least 100 years old, and has become a natural wonder the way it has grown in this mysteriously twisted and curvaceous manner, and is just one tree of thousands like this in the outlandish bonsai forests of Inagua. Exploited to near extinction, the Lignum Vitae has been included in #cites, and is now protected in most places. It is certainly safeguarded in The Bahamas, where this beautiful, macho hardwood is our delegated National Tree, and also the chosen National Flower of #jamaica. Not to mention this tree also poses a plethora of medicinal uses and has a mild perfume like fragrance, I can tell you about the Tree of Life all day. #formankind. 🇧🇸 I'm proud, what about you?
I remember seeing this tall tree every time I drove by it for years. It had hundreds of branches, was full and lush and tall. Then it started to die (I think when we had a very long drought), it lost it's leaves & only branches were left. I wanted to photograph it for years, but was to chicken to stop & park in an area with many houses around. --- After our last horrible hurricane came through, it lost lots of branches. -- Today I finally parked the truck and got out to get a photo of it and two Vulture Birds were resting in it's branches. . . #oldtrees#largetrees#floridatrees#deadtrees#spookytrees#treesilhouettes#vultures#vulturebirds