They may look like pines and cactus on steroids, but they’re actually cell phone towers disguised as trees.


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The ever-increasing cell phone usage requires a huge number of towers, however nobody wants to see them in their stark, skeletal nakedness. Moreover, many residents think that living, working, or going to school near a cell phone tower might increase the risk of cancer or other health problems. That’s why telecommunications companies came up with a clever idea of using camouflaged towers that look like trees, flag poles, water tanks or church towers.

For seven years Robert Voit has traveled around the world photographing these weird trees – including fake pine, palm and, in Arizona, cactus. So take a good look at these photos and make sure you don’t’ try to cut them down one day.

Website: robertvoit.com | Sources: The Guardian, Cancer.org