Living Root Bridges

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Meghalaya (state in India) is one of the rainiest places in the world. Conventional bridges get washed away. Still needing to cross the streams, the locals figured out a pretty ingenious way of making bridges that last something like 500 years. It takes about a lifetime to create one though.

They use the roots of a local tree, and make them grow across to the other side of the stream. They end up with bridges that are very strong and long lasting. Very impressive.

I find the forest one of the more difficult places to photograph, especially when you get patches of light and patches of shadow. And it can be quite hard to avoid a cluttered background. Anyways, my point is I found these pretty challenging!

Too bad it was the dry season. Running water would have been nice but not a whole lot I can do about that...

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#4 -- I need to find my map so I can get the name of this village


#5 -- trying to capture the scale of things. It had been a while since I'd seen a large area of relatively undisturbed forest


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Neat bridge, awesome shots in your flickr set.
 

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interesting. I like interesting..
 

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Those are awesome photos! :)
 

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I fully agree with everyone so far. Your posts of India are going to make me add another item near the top of my bucket list.
 

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Awesome....thanks for sharing.
 

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Great stuff, you've got a good eye.
 

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