Ken Scott captured this photo of bent trees on September 21, 2013 at the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, in Michigan. He explained:
It’s likely that snow loading or extreme icing from big storms during a previous winter caused [the trees to bend]. 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 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.
NASA posted the image as its Earth Science Picture of the Day on November 4, 2013.
Thank you, Ken!
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