Gryfino, Poland

Gryfino Forest

Abusive farmers may have stunted trees 80 years ago

Contributor: serflac

Blending science fiction and ecological abnormality, a group of 400 trees in Poland are mysteriously bent. Hovering just inches above the ground, the trees amazingly, and dramatically, take a sharp turn toward the sky, rounding into little J shapes as they make their ascent.

There is no definitive answer for these pines' bizarre shape, and the stories about them run the gamut from the practical to the bizarre. The most grounded among those seeking answers believe the trees may have simply been buried beneath a terrible snowstorm in their infancy. Others still believe the gravitational pull in that area has morphed their trunks.

The most intriguing explanation suggests that a group of farmers manipulated the trees after planting them in 1930. Apparently, the farmers hoped to make furniture from the bent shapes and intervened when the trees were only 10 years old. Refusing to let the trees grow upwards, the farmers severely stunted their growth, leaving a lasting ecological mark 80 years later.

As crazy as it sounds, and with little evidence to encourage this theory, there does appear to be something distinctly man-made about the small swath of trees. Bending at a near right angle out of the ground, these Polish trees have clearly suffered some abuse. If only these pines could talk.

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