The Crooked Forest (Nowe Czarnowo, West Pomerania – Poland)

The Crooked Forest (Nowe Czarnowo, West Pomerania – Poland)

At first, Gryfino Forest looks to be a run-of-the-mill field of trees. And then you see it: a group of 400 pines, each with a mysterious, dramatic bend close to the ground.

The trees’ unusual but uniform “J” shape is likely the result of human intervention—probably farmers who manipulated the trees with the intention of turning them into curved furniture. The pines, planted in 1930, had around ten years of normal growth before being distorted. An alternative theory holds that regular flooding caused the unusual shapes.

Sources: Atlas Obscura

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