On my wonderings around the Nanyang Technological University campus, Singapore, I came upon this Bodhi tree on Nanyang Hill. A plaque at the base of the tree explains that it was planted in 1985. It is a shoot from the sacred Bodhi tree at Anuradhapura which is one of the ancient capitals of Sri Lanka and a sacred place in the Buddhist world. This tree is hence a direct descendant of the Bodhi tree at Buddha Gaya in India where Siddhartha Gautama is said to have gained enlightenment (buddhahood).
I felt I just *had* to return to sketch it.
The Bodhi tree is a species of fig (Ficus religious) also known as Bo Tree, Peepul or Sacred Fig. Native to Southeast Asia, southwest China, India and the Himalayan foothills.