Tuesday, June 19, 2007

The Saint's Tree


At the north end of the village of Sakkara stands the tomb of a saint. What this person did or who he/she was seems to be pretty much forgotten now. I haven't found anyone who knew whenever I asked. Next to the tomb is a very old sycamore fig tree. This gnarled giant is probably about 150 years old, and the villagers have hung cans in the tree for pigeons to nest in. During the fruit season, the tree sprouts what appear to be figs on the bark rather than on branches. The fruit is delicious.

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