4 March 2019 - THE CROOKED FOREST IN POLAND


THE CROOKED
 FOREST IN POLAND

G'day folks,

Here is something odd.  
Abusive farmers may have stunted trees 80 years ago.  Blending science fiction and ecological abnormality, a group of 400 trees in Poland’s Krzywy Las or “the Crooked Forest,” 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 local foresters manipulated the trees after planting them in 1925-1928. Apparently, the foresters 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 foresters severely stunted their growth. Likely abandoned after start of WWII in 1939, leaving a lasting ecological mark 80 years later.

 Every tree in the Crooked Forest has the same haunting bend, but despite bent beginnings, they have all grown to be tall and seemingly unhampered by their C-shape curves. Trees are resilient, and so they continued to thrive, relying on the one branch they had left to take over complete function and grow upwards. Whatever damage occurred to one tree must have happened to them all because they remain uniform in deformity.


The world may never know if it’s true, as most of the local German population was expelled after the end of World War II and the area was resettled mainly by Poles who had been forced to leave the territory of former eastern Poland annexed by the Soviet Union.


 Clancy's comment: Weird, eh? But, the world is full of strange things ... Even humans.

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8 comments:

  1. If it was here in OZ instead of Poland, I'm sure there'd be a new government department, and a grant for investigation, Clancy.

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  2. Truly odd, Clancy.
    By the way, I used to get a reply from you each time I commented. Since you've got this new sign-up thingy, I've stopped getting them.
    I also note that I no longer see other comments like I used to. Perhaps people can't be bothered to do,the 'I am not a robot' stuff.

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    1. Viv, the new changes are an absolute pain. Why they change things is beyond me.
      CT

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