Tuesday, July 17, 2012

පුංචි තණ පැළයක්

වැසි වනාන්තරයක
සෙයිබා ගසක් යට
පුංචි තණ පැළයක් වෙන්න
වුණත් ආසයි මම

"The Ceiba Tree

by Catherine L. Woodward
The Ceiba Foundation for Tropical Conservation (pronounced "SAY-ba") derives its name from Ceiba pentandra, a majestic tropical tree and appropriate symbol for the complex biological interactions and human connections with the environment that drive our work. The giant limbs of the Ceiba's umbrella-shaped crown are laden with epiphytes (aerial plants) and provide a home for countless species of animals.  Birds feed and nest in the tree's high perches, mammals use the enormous limbs as aerial highways, frogs raise their tadpoles in the tiny pools that collect in bromeliads, and insects reach the peak of their diversity in the canopy of giant trees like the Ceiba.
The ancient Maya of Central America believed that a great Ceiba tree stood at the center of the earth, connecting the terrestrial world to the spirit-world above.  The long thick vines hanging down from its spreading limbs provided a connection to the heavens for the souls that ascended them.  Even today, these grand trees are regularly spared when forests are cut -- it is a common event to see lone, isolated Ceiba trees proudly spreading their shady branches high above a pasture or agricultural field, a relict of the great forests that once were therehttp://www.ceiba.org/ceiba.htm"


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