Watching the asphalt take over the world, I often find myself daydreaming of what this city used to be decades ago, and what it is today, but still it gives me utmost pleasure finding a way out of the city in the very heart of that same city. Among a green necklace of parks all over Zagreb, beautiful centuries-old parks, one place gives me the coziest and most enjoyable shelter from the world, and after all, from my very own misanthropic thoughts. The moment I step in, time ceases to exist... Getting away from my grumpy self is usually the hardest task. But like I said, the moment I step in, it's like ''Where has the time gone ?'' And at this special time of year, when the colorful magic of autumn turns the place in the cozy front room with a fireplace crackling in the background, preserving the everlasting immortality of the garden, I can only be thankful for finding a place that preserves my hometown just as lovely, peaceful and inspiring, as decades ago.
However, I have not only found my spare garden of Eden, I have also found my muse... TAXODIUM DISTICHUM or Bald Cypress, probably the greatest tree in this park. And equally beautiful at all times. And equally eye-catching and proud at all times...
starting from its beautiful crown...
... to its mesmerizing knobbly air roots which I love to call 'the little folks underneath'
- is the state tree of Louisiana.
- has extensions of the roots that grow out of wet soils or water to get oxygen, sometimes called 'knees' or 'pneumatophores'. They do not develop in habitats where the soil is not constantly wet.
- belongs to the Pine family , but it's not an evergreen . In the fall , the leaves turn a glowing yellow and drop.
- is a long-lived tree, they can live to be 1,200 years old!
it is thought that these knobbly roots act as snorkels by carrying
supplies of air to the underground roots which may be starved of oxygen.
They may also be acting as additional stabilisation for this large tree.
But, no physiological function has yet been determined...