Bent trees on the shores of Lake Michigan

Ken Scott was hiking at the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, in Michigan, when he came upon these bent trees.

Ken Scott was hiking at the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, in Michigan, when he came upon these bent trees. Photo by Ken Scott. Used by permission.

Bent trees at Michigan’s Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Photo by Ken Scott. See more photos by Ken Scott. Used with permission.

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!

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, on Lake Michigan.

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, on Lake Michigan.

Photo via Ken Scott and NASA’s Earth Science Picture of the Day

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