When I visited Hawaii I was able to stay with my aunt on the Big Island of Hawaii, and she was kind enough to be our tour guide throughout our stay! She showed us all sorts of stunning places on the island. One day while hiking to Akaka Falls we walked past this banyan tree. I was completely in awe of the sheer scale of the tree. I kept backing up and backing up to attempt to get the entire tree to fit in the frame of my camera. While photographing it I kept thinking about how long it has been steadily growing, reaching outward and then grounding itself downward.
Banyan trees are not native to Hawaii, but they thrive in the climate there, growing to massive sizes!
Fun fact: Banyans are strangler figs. They grow from seeds that land on other trees. The roots they send down smother their hosts and grow into stout, branch-supporting pillars that resemble new tree trunks.