From a distance, this imposing structure appears to be the real thing. As you draw closer, the amazing details come to life. An international team of artisans were brought together to design and implement the carving of nearly 400 animals in it's intricate framework. A major part of the illusion is the painting. With varying shades of browns and green used, you'll be tempted to reach out and touch it to make certain that it's not actually tree bark. Even when you're viewing it close up, the realism is striking. It's one of the most photographed structures in Disney World. Truly magnificent.
I now leave you with this quote by ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ~, "All theory, dear friend, is gray, but the golden tree of life springs ever green"... Until next time, be blessed.