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Deep in the woods of the West Pomerania region of Poland, an entire section of trees bends at sharp angles near their bases, forming an odd and entrancing phenomenon known as "The Crooked Forest." – reported Business Insider.

Why do the trees bend like this? No one is quite sure.
Some have theorized that harsh weather conditions made them this way. Others have said that man-made development uprooted the trees.

Landscape photographer Kilian Schoönberger shared some of his photos of the forest, as well as the folklore surrounding it.
According to Schoönberger and the region's oral tradition, the trees were planted around the year 1930. During that time, and throughout World War II, Germans controlled the area.

To this day, there are rumors that some type of man-made method or technique was used to cause the strange shapes of the trees — although it's not clear what purpose that would have served.
"There is no final explanation yet," Schoönberger said. One theory, according to Schoönberger, is that the trees could have been planted specifically for growing bent wood to help construct things like ships, rocking chairs, and sleighs.

Others have speculated that the war had a significant impact on the landscape. "Some people speak about imprints of the war, since there was so much fighting between the Red Army and the Wehrmacht in this area," he said. "More obscure theories talk about witchcraft and energy fields ... but perhaps there will never be a final answer."

Schoönberger ventured to the Crooked Forest for the first time a few years ago. When he came back to photograph it this year, he got lucky with the weather conditions. During heavy fog is one of his favorite times to shoot.

Others believe the trees may have been flattened by German tanks during the war. But as the crooked trees only appear on less than an acre in a larger forest, that seems unlikely, per Weather.com. Genetic mutations have been known to warp other trees, including in Canada's Crooked Bush. However, such trees don't suddenly grow smooth and straight after curving only at the base, as those in the Crooked Forest have done, an expert tells the Times. Most are comfortable assuming that farmers bent the trees in the hope that they could use their wood for ship building, as Gryfino lies just 50 miles from the Baltic Sea. But whatever the truth, the trees are now a tourist hot spot—and, according to the Huffington Post, an "interesting" spot to have sex.

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