| The trees were planted by the early settlers in the town,|
providing shade for the people along the main street.
LIKE SENTINELS of time, a row of old trees stand watch over the quaint town of Sungai Lembing from the road island in the middle the main street. According to a friend, the trees were planted by the early settlers in the town which once had the longest pit tin mine in the world. This tree is just a stone’s throw away from the Sungai Lembing food court.
A local who watched as I painted this tree explained that the present tree was in fact a Strangler Fig, a type of parasitic tree, which took over its host after having “strangled” it. Only a few of the original giant trees remain. They are believed to have been planted in the early 1800s.
|The museum is located at the hill top at the far end of this padang.|
I painted this custodian of Sungai Lembing’s rich past in in the evening, just after the rain, using line and wash technique from the northern side of the padang.