In 2008, during an expedition in the UP of MI, I found a white cedar tree that had been manipulated, pruned, and gardened for what had to have been years. The main tree had been knocked to the ground at the roots. When knocked down, the branches of a white cedar will often begin to grow as separate trees, rooting out through the trunk. However, on this tree, many of the branches had also been stomped to the ground and twisted in intricate S curves. One branch had been pushed over, and it had cracked and died. The next branch had also been pushed over, but it lived and continued growing at about a 45 degree angle. The top of the original tree withered and died. The branch that lived was quite large, about 20 feet long. It showed signs of constant use and training. The upper surfaces were clear of branches, they had all been bent down over the years, forming a canopy. The bark at the bend showed signs of recent rubbing.
This tree was near a large, bubbling spring. There was a lot of animal sign at the spring, but no sign that people ever went back there (I actually found it by accident after having gotten disoriented in the woods for a bit). It is the perfect place to either rest or ambush prey. I dubbed it the Bonsai Tree because like a Bonsai, it was obviously tended by something with a mind and a purpose over the course of many years. I still consider it to be one of the most amazing things I have ever found in the deep forest.
The following is a picture of the original trunk, lying on the ground covered in moss.
The following is a picture of the S-curve branches coming out of the original trunk. These should naturally be growing straight upright into new trees, not snaking along the ground.
The following pictures are of the new main trunk curving away from the old trunk. This should be a tree growing straight, not at a 45 degree angle.
The following is a picture of the original tree top, now long dead. Bear in mind that cedar rots very, very slowly so this tree was likely felled at least ten years prior to my finding it.
The following is a picture of the recent bark damage on the bend.
The following is a picture looking up the trunk. Notice how all of the branches are bent to the sides and none are growing up.
The area we found this in had a lot of sasquatch activity at the time we were there with several sightings during that expedition, including a couple of my own. I cannot say for certain that this tree was shaped by a sasquatch, but I can’t come up with any better explanations either. It could have been done by humans, but they would have had to be very attentive to this tree over the course of years in a very remote area of the forest. I saw no other sign of human activity in the immediate vicinity.
What do you think?