The Mystery of Crooked Bush, Saskatchewan

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posted on May, 9 2011 @ 05:28 PM
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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 affected?

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 wonder.

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This youtube video is the closest thing to being there and the music is SO appropriate:




I consider myself lucky and blessed to live so close to this place.




posted on May, 9 2011 @ 05:38 PM
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Sweet! I am from Saskatchewan but never even heard of this place before. I would love to go there. Thank you for sharing!



posted on May, 9 2011 @ 05:39 PM
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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.




posted on May, 9 2011 @ 05:40 PM
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that is awesome! i think i may just have to go visit that place next time im in the province!



posted on May, 9 2011 @ 05:42 PM
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If those are aspens, that is wild. Are there any others like this known of in the world? Crazy...



posted on May, 9 2011 @ 05:43 PM
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I may be moving there soon. Was actually looking at a few places close to the Battlefords. I'll be in this grove soon after if I do.

BTW, where can I get a recording of the soundtrack? Any idea?



posted on May, 9 2011 @ 05:44 PM
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That's quite intriguing. I would love to visit some place like that. Very mysterious and magical looking.

I wonder why they grow like that, as another member posted a video of how the tree's should grow/look.


Thanks for sharing op



posted on May, 9 2011 @ 05:45 PM
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they have been trained to grow crucked much lie bonsai growers train there trees to grow in intresting ways.



posted on May, 9 2011 @ 05:53 PM
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posted on May, 9 2011 @ 05:53 PM
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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.

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posted on May, 9 2011 @ 05:55 PM
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Thank you C E...that was my first link that I posted....lol



posted on May, 9 2011 @ 05:56 PM
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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.



posted on May, 9 2011 @ 05:58 PM
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LOl sorry


I'm embarrassed now


I'm going to delete that post so I don't look like an idiot.

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posted on May, 9 2011 @ 06:01 PM
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I don't have a youtube account, but you can probably contact the guy who made the video through there to find out about the soundtrack. He goes by the name of "snake whisperer".



posted on May, 9 2011 @ 06:01 PM
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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.



posted on May, 9 2011 @ 06:01 PM
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I apoligize if i steal your thunder, but they look exactly like a tree that grows near me called a live oak... its really cool how similar they are



posted on May, 9 2011 @ 06:01 PM
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True never thought it through first thin poped up,im going for bad gentics



posted on May, 9 2011 @ 06:14 PM
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I've not been able to find an exact age of the grove, but one site has them at at least 40 years old.



posted on May, 9 2011 @ 06:16 PM
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No apology necessary. They do look similar to the live oak, but these are definitely aspens and are "supposed" to grow straight up like the ones across the road from them do.



posted on May, 9 2011 @ 06:21 PM
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Interesting article G...and a quote from your link that might pertain to this grove:

Unlike giant sequoias, each of which is a genetically separate individual, a group of thousands of aspens can actually be a single organism, sharing a root system and a unique set of genes.





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