09.07.2018 Another mystery

Located near my previous tree oddity post, here’s another one to mull over.


In Acadia, this appears most often with the cedars; maybe they are easier to control. One suggestion was that a tree fell on this as a sapling and caused it to develop the curl. It has been speculated that Native Americans did this as a sign to others.  Natural or man-made, it is an interesting sight in the woods.

About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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14 Responses to 09.07.2018 Another mystery

  1. With a cushion or two, looks like a nice spot to stretch out and read a book!

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  2. Interesting. I immediately thought of the trees that Native American’s bent around here, and wondered whether they did that in your area as well. It seems they did! …or something…. 🙂

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  3. I think I read about the tree bending which is thought or has been proven to have been done by native American Indians who used the trees as trail markers. I think, maybe the trees must have been selected for durability since specific trees were used as markers, such as, conifers or oaks. These are certainly nice find.

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  4. I’ve found enough weird stuff in nature that for years I’ve been using the generic “strange” tag on pictures of unusual specimens that I’ve shown. I see that as tags for your picture today you’ve used “twisted tree” and “bent tree,” each for the first time. Let’s hope you find more oddities.

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  5. shoreacres says:

    My first thought was that the poor tree’s arthritic. That spot where the curve begins looks just like the joint at the base of my left thumb when it’s feeling stressed, or the humidity is high, or it’s just being cantankerous. Too many years of working with a heavy orbital sander, for sure.

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    • That spot made me think of Quasimodo’s hump. It also looks like a nice headrest if one were to follow Robert’s suggestion.

      Electric tools are labor-savers, but they do come with their drawbacks.

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  6. Gallivanta says:

    It looks like a very good resting spot. And there’s a nice big stepping stone underneath to help one access the tree seat.

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