> Mark, these fig trees aren't any thing like you are used to in the
> U.S.! They are way cool and HUGE. They start out as an epiphyte
> growing on the tree, which drops vines that grow way down to the
> ground. Near the ground, they encircle the tree and take root. Then
> the vines meld together and eventually totally envelop the tree. It
> grows limbs and leaves and becomes a tree itself, killing the host
> tree inside. It is wild to see these huge vine-tree things, which
> you usually can see through the gaps to the hollow interior.
> There is a pretty amazing one in the area where drew is: <http://
> www.costaricatravelscout.com/the-strangler-fig-tree.html>. The cloud
> forest is so cool and spooky looking. I am jealous of his adventure!
Simply amazing! I liked the reference to the Lord of the Rings. I can just
imagine a hobbit climbing up inside one of those. Reminiscent of Mirkwood...