Trees come in all sorts of shapes, sizes and colors – but one of their few unifying characteristics is that they stand tall, reaching up toward the sky. If you look for long enough, though, you’ll eventually come across trees with crooked trunks and weird kinks. And if you find one of these, then you may have chanced upon a long-forgotten secret.
Dennis Downes grew up close to Lake Michigan, on the border of Illinois and Wisconsin. With a growing love of nature, he spent his childhood playing in the forests near his home. And here there were trees quite unlike any of the flora surrounding them.
These trees were truly striking in their appearance. A few feet off the forest floor they would each feature a kink in the trunk – a sharp right angle, so that the bole ran parallel with the ground beneath. There would then be another bend a few feet on, this time turning skywards once more. It was an odd sight indeed, and these trees stood out starkly from the others around them.