Friday, 9 September 2011

9 Most Creepiest Trees on Earth

Imagination run wild

Imagination run wild

Trees can be described as “regal” or “majestic.” But they can also be some of the spookiest vegetation on the planet. Who hasn’t stared at a gnarled oak outside the bedroom window in a dark nights and wondered if it was going to bust through? (See 1980s horror classic ““Poltergeist.”) In honor of all the trees out there, take a look at some of the creepiest and coolest plants destined to scare your pants off — or crash through your bedroom window. (Text: Katherine Butler)

Demented apple tree

Demented apple tree

This creepy apple tree is in Montreal. It looks like a person with arms outstretched — it’s as if this tree was stomped upon by some mythical god. In Norse mythology, apple trees were the key to eternal youth. (No word on what would happen to a goddess if she snacked on one of these demented apples.)

The choker

The choker

These two trees appear to be entwined in a dance of dominance in the front lawn of an innocuous suburb. It brings to mind a gigantic Bonsai tree, trees that are pruned, defoliated, potted and grafted to create perfect miniature versions of regular-sized trees.

Cemetery sentinel

Cemetery sentinel

This creepy tree is in Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, Mass. It sends an almost biblical message, seemingly posing as a giant cross over the cemetery. New England’s cemeteries are home to many early American luminaries such as Paul Revere, Samuel Adams and John Hancock. Founded in 1831, this cemetery has witnessed some history.

The owl

The owl

Ever feel like you’re being watched? It’s probably this tree. Found in Parque das Nações, Lisbon, Portugal, it brings to mind a demonic owl or angry alligator. In reality, it's a birch tree. Birch trees are characterized by lenticels, which are pore-like structures on the tree that allow it to breathe. Clearly, this tree gives off a creepy vibe.

Joshua trees

Joshua trees

These Joshua trees were spotted by a photographer who was en route to the Grand Canyon. These trees are native to the North American Southwest. They are most common in the Mojave Desert — that long, hot stretch of sand where temperatures often soar to 130 degrees Fahrenheit. These would have been some of the first trees that pioneers encountered as they rolled into the West. Can you imagine seeing these weird trees after traveling 2,000-plus miles through disease, death and strife? They would not have provided much comfort to the new arrivals.

Mermaid tail

Mermaid tail

This tree lives in the Australian rain forest, but looks like it would be more at home in the middle of the sea. Rain forests are defined by extreme rainfall and heavy, overhead canopies. It seems like the roots of this tree have compensated for extreme moisture and lack of sunlight by reaching out of the soil toward the sky.

Anthropomorphic tree

Anthropomorphic tree

Anthropomorphism is the recognition of people-like characteristics in animals, plants or non-living things. This tree can be found in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. During the time of slavery in the South, slave ships were often unable to make it through the Outer Banks because of the treacherous landscapes. From the looks of this picture, it seems as if they may have lost some passengers along the way.

Into the mist

Into the mist

Trees are majestic and can represent all that nature has to offer. But sometimes, they look like they’re going to kill you. The location of these trees is unknown, but the blue mist certainly add an air of alternative time or dimension. It's exactly the kind of scene from which a chain saw killer could emerge. (How's that tree outside your window looking?)

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