Looking up at a banyan tree from a low angle up into the leaves.

Thrive | Balboa Park

A banyan tree thrives with large branches growing skyward in Balboa Park.

The Story Behind the Photo

Balboa park is home to a number of Moreton bay fig trees and these are my amongst my favorite in the park. The fig trees are also known as Australian Banyans, and as you can tell from the name they are not native to California but rather come from (eastern) Australia. I believe most of the trees in Balboa park were planted around the time of the 1915 Panama-California Exposition which would make them over a hundred years old.

I think these banyans are apt metaphor for Californians. I know many people, myself included, who've moved here for various life reasons and decided to make this place home. We love living in California and can’t imagine being anywhere else. Likewise the climate and soil must be just right for the banyans as they have thrived developing huge root systems and giant canopies. They are simply marvelous trees completely at home in the park.

About the Prints

This photograph is available in a limited edition of 50 fine art prints. Each print is made to order with the highest quality pigment inks and fine art papers. They are signed and come with a certificate of authenticity. Small prints under 15" on the long dimension are excluded from the edition. If you have any questions about this specific image or my prints in general, please don't hesitate to contact me.

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Archival Pigment Print on Fine Art Paper

This is a photographic print made on Canson Infinity Platine Fibre Rag which is a heavyweight (310 gsm) and 100% cotton paper. The image is printed using pigment inks with outstanding archival properties. All images are printed at the listed size on paper that is slightly larger resulting in an additional border. This is a print only, shipped rolled in a robust protective tube.

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