San Juan, Puerto Rico
Union And Communion
Sandra Pena de Ortiz
Photograph - Photography
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The trunks of two palm trees joined at the base and the intertwined stream of roots extending from the base of the trees and running over the ground that they both share in union and communion.
A wonderful photograph depicting the splendorous patterns that can be found in nature. The trunks of two conjoined palm trees with there above the ground root system. Roots are the organs of a plants that typically exist below the ground. However, as in the case of the present photograph, roots can also be aerial, that is, (growing up above the ground. In some plants, the above the ground roots have a large number of breathing pores that have the important function of exchange of gases. This is the case for adventitious roots. Development of adventitious root systems is thought to be a mechanism of stress-avoidance for acclimation. Thus, they would be an expected sight in tropical, very humid and high temperature, areas including Puerto Rico, although keep in mind the highest temperatures seen in Puerto Rico rarely approach the 98 F degree.The acclimation for some plants is driven by environmentally-induced conditions, such as hypoxia/anoxia or nutrient deficiency. Another important ecologically function of adventitious rooting is the vegetative propagation of tree species. Palms are perennial lianas, shrubs, and trees that belong to the botanical family of the Arecaceae. They are among the best known and most extensively cultivated plant families. Interestingly and in addition, in many historical cultures, palms were symbols for the concepts of victory, peace, and fertility.
This reminds me of an important section of the Bible. In the book of Exodus, in after the Children of Isreal had left Egypt and crossed the Red Sea, they arrived at a region called "Elim", a name which signifies the powerful, the strong, or the big trees. Exodus 15: 27 (NIV) says "Then they came to Elim, where there were twelve springs and seventy palm trees, and they camped there near the water." Indeed, this was a wonderful scene and experience of victory and resurrection!
July 7th, 2013
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