The Sacred Fig (Ficus religiosa) – the Pipal Tree in India – This plant is considered sacred by the followers of Hinduism, Jainism and Buddhism, and hence the name ‘Sacred Fig’ was given to it.

Siddhartha Gautama is referred to have been sitting underneath a Bo-Tree when he was enlightened (Bodhi), or “awakened” (Buddha). Thus, the Bo-Tree is well-known symbol for happiness, prosperity, longevity and good luck.

I just love the shape of the leaf – a subject for a number of my pics. This one is a second shot at this composition – added another light to the mix to provide some backlight to the leaf and light the background.

F is for Fig Leaf (Ficus religiosa)

Others (clickable) of the same leaf:


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  • Joanne  Bradley
    Joanne Bradleyalmost 5 years ago

    Just love this warm rich color! The detail on the leaf is exquisite! Wonderful composition!

  • Thank you so much for the support Joanne! I find this one of the most elegantly shaped leaves (the B&W one below is the shape when it’s fresh and you can see what I mean in that one). This one and Weathered are dried leaves where they’ve lost a bit of their shape.

    – Vikram Franklin

  • Nathalie Chaput
    Nathalie Chaputalmost 5 years ago

    Great Shot Vikram!!

    Love it!

  • Thank you so much Nat!!

    PS: Still no idea how to download those brushes (and I’m still wrapping my head around the fact that they have those!!)

    – Vikram Franklin

  • DonDavisUK
    DonDavisUKalmost 5 years ago

    A beautiful capture with the light shining through the leaf revealing such an amazing pattern. I love it. Don.

  • Thank you Don – I am so glad to have ‘met’ you on RB! Thank you so much for all the support – it means a lot to me!

    – Vikram Franklin

  • linaji
    linajialmost 5 years ago

  • Thank you for choosing to feature this pic Linaji.
    The Pipal hold particular reverence in India – and I’m really glad it was chosen in this Group.

    – Vikram Franklin

  • Johanne Brunet
    Johanne Brunetalmost 5 years ago

    Fantastic texture Vikram! It looks like beautiful copper filigree! :-)

  • You, of the most wondorous and beautiful imagination!! Yes – never saw it like that till you pointed it out – it does look like filigree work!!
    Thank you Johanne!!
    PS: did the yoga help? Saps said it works best during the initial onset.

    – Vikram Franklin

  • Tadoette
    Tadoettealmost 5 years ago

    terrific shot!!!

  • Thank you so much!! Really glad you dropped by and liked what you saw!

    – Vikram Franklin

  • Ray Mosteller
    Ray Mostelleralmost 5 years ago

    Fantastic lighting, warm colors, and details in the leaf.

  • Thank you so much my friend.

    – Vikram Franklin

  • Dinni H
    Dinni Halmost 5 years ago

    beautiful lighting and excellent details.

  • Thanks Dinni!! I hope Ahiraj is shooting away in Mysore!

    – Vikram Franklin

  • Johanne Brunet
    Johanne Brunetalmost 5 years ago

    Thank you for asking Vikram! I think that it was too far gone to do anything much for the pain, but it did help me fall asleep. In fact, I tried it twice and both times, I fell asleep before completing the second side! :-) I will try it again next time, but as soon as it starts.

  • gabbielizzie
    gabbielizziealmost 5 years ago

    congradulations on your feature

  • Thank you so much for your support Gabbie!

    – Vikram Franklin

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