Bent Trees at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

November 04, 2013

Bent Trees at Sleeping Bear Dune National Lakeshore

Photographer: Ken Scott; Ken's Web site
Summary Author: Ken Scott
 
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.

Photo details: Camera Model: NIKON D600; Lens: 70.0-200.0 mm f/2.8; Focal Length: 70.0mm (35mm equivalent: 70mm); Aperture: f/16.0; Exposure Time: 0.333 s (1/3); ISO equiv: 400; Software: Adobe Photoshop 7.0.