Bent Trees at Sleeping Bear

November 6, 2013

Bent tree forest ... II

Bent tree forest … II, photo by Ken Scott

One of my favorite photographers (Ken Scott) was featured Monday on one of my favorite blogs (NASA’s Earth Science Picture of the Day). Via the EPOD:

During a hike late this summer I noticed the oddly bent trees shown above in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Michigan. It’s likely that snow loading or extreme icing from big storms during a previous winter caused this bowing. These trees were perhaps big enough to bend but not yet so inelastic as to break beneath heavy the snow/ice load. In subsequent years, with less damaging weather conditions, their crooked trunks may begin to straighten. Photo taken on September 21, 2013.

Check Ken’s photo out bigger and see more including another view in his Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore slideshow.

If you have photos of interesting natural phenomena, consider submitting them to the EPOD!

2 Responses to “Bent Trees at Sleeping Bear”


  1. Another great example of forest forensics; the woods hold secrets for us to read!

  2. Heather Says:

    So glad you featured this one! I loved it when Ken first shared it – it’s good to see it again :)


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