If You Find A Bent Tree In The Forest, You May Have Just Stumbled Upon A Centuries-Old Secret

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Trees come in all sorts of shapes, sizes and colors. One of their few unifying characteristics, though, is that they stand tall, reaching up toward the sky. If you look for long enough, however, you’ll eventually come across trees with crooked trunks and weird kinks. And if you find one, you may have chanced upon a long forgotten secret.

Image: Dennis Downes via Atlas Obscura

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 there were trees there that were quite unlike any of the flora surrounding them.

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Image: Dennis Downes

These trees were striking in their appearance. A few feet off the forest floor they would feature a kink in the trunk – a sharp right angle, so that the trunk ran parallel with the ground beneath them. Then, there would be another bend a few feet on, now turning skywards once more. It was an odd sight indeed – meaning that they starkly stood out from the other trees around them.

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