The Great Dismal Swamp
John Henley photographed a series of beautiful and breathtaking images of the Great Dismal Swamp for our December 2011 feature "The Green Island." We published nine images in the magazine, but offer an expanded selection of 22 in this slideshow.
Ceiba Tree in Yucatan, Mexico
Ceiba is the name of a genus of many species of large trees found in tropical areas, including Mexico, some species can grow to 70 m (230 ft) tall or more, with a straight, largely branchless trunk that culminates in a huge, spreading canopy, and buttress roots that can be taller than a grown person. The tree figures in the mythologies of pre-Columbian Maya civilization, where the concept of the central world tree is often depicted as a Ceiba trunk
Ceiba Tree ~ The central world tree is often depicted as a Ceiba trunk, which connects the planes of the Underworld (Xibalba), the terrestrial realm and the skies. Descending 9 levels into the underworld, a cold, damp, dark place called Xibalbá; above, 13 levels ascend into the heavens where Hunab Ku, the Supreme Deity, resides at the top. Ceibas grow to 230 ft tall or more, with a columnar trunk culminating in a huge, spreading canopy; buttress roots can be taller than a grown person.
Kutten-triehout. View of "wild cotton" tree. In the background are dwellings. Source creator: Benoit, P. J. (Pierre Jacques), 1782-1854 Source Title: Voyage a Surinam : Description des possessions Néerlandaises dans la Guyane. Probably a Silk Cotton, Kapok, or Ceiba (Ceiba pentandra) tree, a tree which grows rapidly to over 80 feet in height and has played an important role in the spiritual life of Caribbean peoples.