Friday, February 10, 2012

Frankincense Friday - High humidity and butterflies!

More on the ongoing love and revelations about the frankincense trees of Oman.  All photos are by Trygve Harris of Enfleurage, who lives in Oman.

In Trygve's words:  Here are some pictures--these trees are from a high humidity area by the sea. They get rain during the summer and there is lots of fog. But they are ridiculous creatures as you can see! White butterflies pollinate them. I had no idea until I caught the butterflies in the act.

The flowering spires of the Boswellia sacra tree in Oman being pollinated by white butterflies.
This is a beautiful artistic composition: the striated rocks, the gnarly branches of the Boswellia sacra and the finer-textured sand/rocks of the ground.


Is this a double-trunked frankincense tree, or two trees? The flowers are emerging before the leaves on all the trees, I believe.  I vote this is a sprawling single tree.

The ability of the frankincense tree to emerge in what looks like a barren, hostile environment is probably the reason for its survival for thousands of years. I see a butterfly!

Close up of the flower clusters.  Can you see the white butterfly with the grey banding on its wings?

A number of butterflies seem to be enjoying this frankincense tree.


Any old crack in the rocks can be home for these amazing trees.


Doesn't this beat all?  Ridiculous creatures, indeed!  Love them!

2 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness! How breathtaking! These pictures made me just sigh, which is just the way of frankincense, isn't it?

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  2. Dear Aseyah:

    I have a variety of incredible photos from Trygve to share. The majesty of these trees, surviving in such an inhospitable location, is amazing.

    xoxo
    Anya

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