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    On the north side of the Big Island of Hawaii, climbing a tree starts with climbing a cascade of roots. Banyan trees are characterized by aerial prop roots that eventually grow into woody trunks that help to support the wide spread of branches above. Near the town of Hawi, this banyan's root system reaches down the face of a cliff seeking the earth below.
    WHAT MAKES THIS PHOTO GREAT?
    Composition 20
    Lighting 4
    Creativity 11
    Story 11

    What a perfect fit for the Islands assignment. You were able to capture the grandness and scale of this banyan by including the girl climbing it. Thank you for showing me something I've never seen before!

    Jeanne M Modderman
    National Geographic Photo Producer
    Photo Details
    Date Taken: Aug 15, 2014
    Date Uploaded: May 24, 2015
    Location: Hāwī, Hawaii, United States
    Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
    Focal Length: 24 mm
    Shutter Speed: 1/100 sec
    Aperture: f/4
    ISO: 640
    Copyright: © Rochelle Potter
    Categories: Adventure, Nature, People
    Assignments: Islands