If you look at the trunk you can see the indentations that circle the entire trunk. These are "scars" caused by the frond (the leaves of a coconut palm) tearing away from the trunk and falling. As the tree grows taller there are more of these indentations--which serve as steps for the people who climb these trees. You can clearly see in this photo how the climber is pressing the side of his foot against of of the indentations.
Children living in the country where palms grow start climbing palms at an early age. Because they spend much of the time barefoot, they develop thick callouses on their feet. If you have worn shoes most of your life and try to climb one of these palms the way they do, you will quickly see why it is very helpful to have callouses on your feet.
Uploaded on 2/11/2013 5:51:25 AM
Made with Canon EOS 60D Digital SLR Camera
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