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Poland's Mysterious Crooked Forest : Big Pic

A crooked forest grows in tiny corner of western Poland, but why the trees were bent remains a mystery.

June 28, 2011 -- In a tiny corner of western Poland a forest of about 400 pine trees grow with a 90 degree bend at the base of their trunks - all bent northward. Surrounded by a larger forest of straight growing pine trees this collection of curved trees, or "Crooked Forest," is a mystery.

Planted around 1930, the trees managed to grow for seven to 10 years before getting held down, in what is understood to have been human mechanical intervention. Though why exactly the original tree farmers wanted so many crooked trees is unknown.

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photograph of the Crooked Forest by Maciej Sokolowski.

The beauty of nature

It's time to get out of the city. With the help of Creative Commons, we travel the corners of the planet to find stunning photos of Earth in all her glory -- so gorgeous that perhaps you'll feel inspired to save the world. We begin by showing how vibrant nature can be with this picture of a chameleon, captured in Antananarivo, Madagascar.

Upper Rangitata Basin

This Upper Rangitata Basin in Canterbury, New Zealand was a shooting location for "The Lord of the Rings" movies. Mount Sunday, the small knot at the bottom right of the image, was the setting for Edoras in the movie.

Mirror Lake

New Zealand's famous Mirror Lake, formally known as Lake Matheson, is a stunning reflective glacial water pool. The peaks that can be seen in the water were also featured in the "Lord of the Rings" movie trilogy.

Maro

Taken in the southern coast of Spain, this seascape of Maro, Andalusia shows natural rock structures in gorgeous waters.

African Fish Eagle

The majestic African Fish Eagle, found throughout the sub-Sahara, is the national bird of Zimbabwe and Zambia.

Guanacaste

Guanacaste, Costa Rica is known for its beaches and surfing.

Lions

Even the king and queen of the jungle know how to have a little fun.

Queensland

Sunrise over Cardwell in Queensland, Australia.

Bali

The small coastal village Candidasa in Bali, Indonesia is surrounded by the Lombok Straight, mountains and other historical landmarks.

Cape Byron

The easternmost point of mainland Australia, Cape Byron, famous for its 19th century lighthouses, is surrounded by lush greenery and beautiful waters.

Pandas

China's giant pandas are a symbol of endangered creatures, with the animal serving as a mascot for the World Wildlife Fund.

Flamingos

Another exemplar of nature's vibrancy, flamingos are eccentric creatures who stand with one leg tucked beneath their bodies. This image of a gaggle was taken in Chile.

Dundas Peak

Dundas, a community in Ontario, Canada, includes plenty of nature. Hikers can summit Dundas Peak via the Bruce Trail.

Heron

The magnificent heron captured in flight over the River Dodder in Dublin.

Rastaholm

Sunset view from Rastaholm in Sweden.

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