Nov 10, 2013

Picture of the Day: Windswept Trees

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WINDSWEPT TREES

 

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Photograph by Ben on Flickr

 

Slope Point is the southernmost point of South Island, New Zealand. Lying just east of the Waikawa and Haldane settlements, the land is primarily used for sheep farming. With no roads nearby, the area is only accessible by a 20-minute hike.

According to an article on Kuriositas, “airstreams loop the vast circumpolar Southern Ocean unobstructed for 2000 miles and then they smash into land here. They are so persistent and so violent that the trees are perpetually warped and twisted into these crooked, windswept shapes.”

The branches of these windswept trees point northerly in order to offer the least resistance to the relentless winds.

 

 

 

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