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Item 1 - Aerial View.

This picture gives an aerial view of Cherrapunji, India; where these living root bridges can be found. It gives you an understanding of just how vast this one area of India is. – salman_butt

Item 2 - Natural Living Root Bridge of Cherrapunji in Meghalaya.

Natural Living Root Bridge of Cherrapunji in Meghalaya | India Video In this specific video, you get a feel for the environment where these root bridges are located. It is going inside of the forest we saw in item 1 and listening to the sounds while viewing the bridges and people there. – salman_butt

Item 3 - Trail Of The Unexpected: The root masters of India. Article published in the Independent – Asia, London, 23rd January, 2010 The extraordinary bridges over the Khasi river valleys are living works of art By Jini Reddy Saturday, 23 January 2010 I was in the wettest place on earth: Cherrapunjee, a region in the verdant, little-visited north-eastern Indian state of Meghalaya.

Trail Of The Unexpected: The root masters of India | Cherrapunjee In this blog post, Jini Reddy explains her trek to finding these tree routes. She talks about the villages and the Khasi tribe who grow these bridges. The description of her adventure allows you to visualize not only the nature and beauty of these bridges, but also a different culture and life. – salman_butt

Now, though, the skies were a clear, brilliant blue.

Item 3 - Trail Of The Unexpected: The root masters of India

Item 4 - The Root Bridges of Cherrapunji. In the depths of northeastern India, in one of the wettest places on earth, bridges aren’t built—they’re grown.

This article gives a great overview of how these root bridges are formed using the roots of the Ficus elastica. – salman_butt

The southern Khasi and Jaintia hills are humid and warm, crisscrossed by swift-flowing rivers and mountain streams.

Item 4 - The Root Bridges of Cherrapunji

On the slopes of these hills, a species of Indian rubber tree with an incredibly strong root system thrives and flourishes. The Ficus elastica produces a series of secondary roots from higher up its trunk and can comfortably perch atop huge boulders along the riverbanks, or even in the middle of the rivers themselves. The War-Khasis, a tribe in Meghalaya, long ago noticed this tree and saw in its powerful roots an opportunity to easily cross the area’s many rivers. Now, whenever and wherever the need arises, they simply grow their bridges.

Item 5 - The Umshiang Double-Decker Root Bridge.

This picture encapsulates just how strong and majestic these bridges can be. After reading about the Ficus elastica (item 4) and the trek to get there (item 3), you gain more of an appreciation for the trees and the beauty they create. – salman_butt

Item 6 - Crossing Living Root Bridges in the Wettest Place on Earth, India — BucketTripper. This living root bridge feels incredibly sturdy (©Coen Wubbels).

In this article, you get a better understanding of what it is like to be in this area of India. Not only does the author describe what it is like to traverse a living root bridge, but the author also talks about the environment. It is also an introduction as to how these bridges are made. – salman_butt

Bridges made of roots?

Item 6 - Crossing Living Root Bridges in the Wettest Place on Earth, India — BucketTripper

Bridges made of natural materials that last hundreds of years? Yes, they exist, and only in one place on earth: India’s northeastern state of Meghalaya, and more specifically around the village of Cherrapunjee – which also happens to be the wettest place on earth. Item 7 - Ficus elastica Tree.

It is important to look at the tree individually that makes these bridges possible in Cherrapunji, India. The first aspect that stood out to me about this tree was it's enormous size. It's amazing to think how there are thousands of these trees in the forest of India. The second aspect of the tree that stood out to me was its trunk which is actually roots. The trunk is not solid, but seems to be many individual roots which I found to be very interesting. – salman_butt

Item 8 - Passage from Blog.

This particular passage from the blog starts off by describing the positives and negatives of the Ficus elastica, but the author also talks about the Khasi people. You get a better understanding of the Khasi tribe of India build these amazing Living Root Bridges with this particular tree. – salman_butt

Item 9 - Rubber Tree Roots.

This picture of the Rubber Tree roots fascinates me the most; you see the many roots, which are not in the ground, and truly get a feel for how these bridges are constructed from article 7. – salman_butt

Item 10 - Grounded Rubber Tree Roots.

This picture, in comparison to the last picture (item 8), shows you what the trees roots in the ground are like. When I first saw this picture, I thought I was looking at hundreds of snakes, but they were actually the tree's roots. I really began to understand how strong this tree is because of its complex root system, and how because of those roots these bridges are made to last for generations. – salman_butt

Item 11 - Ficus and It's Many Species.

In this item, you see the many different Ficus species. Through some of the pictures, I saw many variations and gained more of an appreciation for the species. It's amazing to see how they are all physically different but have this common connection. – salman_butt

Item 12 - Ficus elastica (Rubber Plant) The Rubber Tree Plant The Rubber Plant could be the houseplant for you if you want a tough plant which can reach staggering heights within a few years.

This article gives a great, simple description of the Ficus elastic plant/tree. The description lets you understand why they are also known as Rubber Plants/Rubber Trees. In the article, the author talks about the sap that comes out of the leaves, and also the different types of species you can find. – salman_butt

While its size can still be tamed some what, you have to keep in mind it will eventually require a certain amount of space.

Item 12 - Ficus elastica (Rubber Plant)

The common name comes from the "rubber" sap that oozes out of the leaves and woody stems if they are scratched or cut. There is often so much of it, that there is a drip factor which you need to be careful with. Item 13 - Rubber Tree Leaves.

This cluster of leaves from the Ficus elastica really shows you a "rubbery" look of the leaves. It gives an insight as to why this plant/tree is known as the Rubber Plant/Tree. – salman_butt

Item 14 - Rubber Tree Sap.

This video shows you the type of sap that is produced from the Rubber Tree that was mentioned in item 11. It's actually very interesting to see how thick the sap is, and the rate at which it comes out from the tree. – salman_butt

Item 15 - India's Incredible Living Root Bridges  India's northeastern state of Meghalaya ("Abode of the Clouds") is breathtaking with its tropical forests, lush green mountains and fluffy, white clouds.

In this blog post, Shannon Skinner starts off by describing the environment these trees are in; going from the clouds to inside the forrest. She describes the rubber trees well, but what I thought was amazing was her anecdote of the life here. With her descriptions and pictures, you can really imagine yourself at the heart of the forrest. When she was describing the school children, you can almost imagine standing where she was because of the pictures. – salman_butt

Unique to this wet and remote area are spectacular living root bridges.

Item 15 - India's Incredible Living Root Bridges 

Abode of the Clouds. Item 16 - How tribes in India use tree roots to make 'living bridges' Khasi Tribe villagers living deep inside the valleys of Meghalaya in north east India make bridges using tree rootsThey grow ficus trees on either side of a river and slowly direct the roots to join midway to form a living crossingThe tribes' strongest living bridges can carry more than 50 people at once and can live to more than 180 years old By Julian Robinson for MailOnline Published: 16:47 BST, 11 April 2016 | Updated: 02:21 BST, 12 April 2016.

In this article, you get a better understanding of how this tribe creates these "living bridges." It is very interesting to learn about their culture and compare it to our own. – salman_butt
Item 16 - How tribes in India use tree roots to make 'living bridges'

Item 17 - Where women of India rule the roost and men demand gender equality. Kaith Pariat is sick of housekeeping and even more so of being bossed around by his mother-in-law.

After learning how the Khasi people create the root bridges, I became very interested in their culture and came upon this article. Getting an insight as to how different their culture is when compared to ours was very eye opening. – salman_butt

He has put up with this situation since he was married.

Item 17 - Where women of India rule the roost and men demand gender equality

"Can you imagine the shock of leaving your family home and suddenly becoming a dogsbody in your mother-in-law's house? " he asks. Item 18 - Living Root Bridge Project.

Learning more about their culture, this picture of two Khasi men in the forest creating a living root bridge stood out to me. They live very simplistic lives, and much of their lives revolve around nature. Without the forest, I believe their lifestyle would be very different. It is interesting to see how nature can shape a culture. – salman_butt

Item 19 - Poem on the Living Root Bridges. THE CALL OF THE ROOT BRIDGES by Rajat Srivastava as the blue pearls dance on my roof tin…. and the the fragrance of wet sand fills the air..

After going through many websites for research, I never expected to find a poem on the Living Root Bridges. The imagery created in this poem really stood out to me; I felt as if I was standing in the middle of the forest in Cherrapunji, India. – salman_butt

I can hear a call from a thousand miles.. of the root bridges and the rocky stair.. cosseted in nature’s laps, protected by the forest wraps, befriended by the river wild, hidden from the wilder traps. amidst the lows of the meandering streams, and the highs of the voluminous falls;

Item 19 - Poem on the Living Root Bridges

Item 20 - Aerial View 2.

The reason I want to end with this aerial view is to understand the picture differently. I began the portfolio with an aerial view, but I did not know much about what was in that forest. After going through each of the items and learning about the tree, the people there, and how it's made, you gain more of an appreciation for this area of India. You have a deeper understanding of the picture because you now know what is inside, as compared to item 1 where you saw the beauty it created rather than what was in the forest. – salman_butt