About 5 kilometers from North Battleford, Saskatchewan (where I live), is a tiny town called Hafford. About 20 kms. northwest of there, along a dusty
grid road is a very curious grove of crooked aspen trees like no other in the world. The surrounding trees all reach up straight as an arrow, but
this stand of gnarled aspens does not grow in a straight line for more than a foot at a time, twisting and looping in all directions. Research has
found that they grow this way because of a rare genetic mutation, but where did it come from? Why did they mutate? And why are no surrounding trees
Folklore and theories run rampant, but I can tell you that walking through this grove is almost a psychological event. Some say that this place is
eerie and haunted, but I felt something much different. Standing amidst the branches I felt a solemness beyond the grave- that makes you bow your
head. A place that forces a quietness that I've never felt before. Upon entering the grove there was a slight breeze, but once inside, even though
there were no leaves at that time of the year, the wind disappeared and the air itself seemed thinner. Perhaps that's why some people get dizzy
there. There were no animals at all...not even the sparrows that frequent the surrounding farm areas. This special place is truly an enigma and a
Awesome video, thank you for sharing. I have never heard of this before, but I found it very interesting. Do you have any information on the estimated
age of these trees? I looked up a video of Aspen trees and you were certainly correct about them growing straight up. But I also noticed in this video
I'm going to post the trees are a bit taller, which tells me they are a different sub-species or maybe just a lot older. Any extra information you
have on this would be appreciated. I'm going to research it right now just for the fun of it.
The Canadian Journal of Botany calls this a mutant clone. They were definitely NOT designed by man to grow this way as in the bonsai tree. I have not
had a lot of luck with research on this, but I'm still looking.
Originally posted by picky
they have been trained to grow crucked much lie bonsai growers train there trees to grow in intresting ways.
Good theory except that in order for a Bonzai shaping to continue, it's a constant task. Being that these trees are now in a protected area and
attracts visitors, it would be difficult to keep up the attention that a Bonzai tree needs.
After you stop trimming the Bonzai, they revert to the natural need to stretch towards the light.
That is amazingly beautiful I wonder if they are connected like Pando grove in Utah, here's an article on the largest known organism,
discovermagazine.com... It's in Fishlake National Park for those wondering. Thank you for sharing that.
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