Tuesday, March 15, 2016

A Strange Turn of Trees

Mysterious Forest Of 400 Crooked Trees In Poland Is Still A Mystery For Scientists

There’s a small grove of regular pine trees in West Pomerania, Poland, that has become famous because of one little “twist” – all 400 of the trees located there have a strange bend at the base!

The stand of trees was planted around 1930 in what was then Germany. The trees all take a sharp 90-degree turn soon after leaving the ground before sweeping back into an upright position with a graceful curve. Their strange but beautiful nature is captured perfectly in the below photos by Kilian Schönberger, whom we’ve written about before here.

No one is certain how or why the trees were bent, but most believe that it was an intentional, mechanical process. Trees can be manipulated to create naturally bent parts for, beaots, furniture or other applications. Others have theorized that a severe snowfall could have caused the curious phenomenon.

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More Twisty Trees.  Some explain them by citing heavy snowfall, others suggest shifting slopes.  Can't see that for the palms, but they're all fun to look at!

This palm is clearly drunk!
Oddly bent trees in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Michigan.
These types of bends are sometimes referred to as "pistol-grip" trunks.
This Colorado photo depicts unique twisted aspen trees surrounded by colorful fall foliage in the San Juan National Forest.

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