The next time you're out walking through the forest, take a moment to look above you and you might be pleasantly surprised by what you find.


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Check out these incredible pictures to see what we mean. The naturally occurring phenomenon is called "crown shyness" because the uppermost branches of certain tree species don't like to touch one another. The intriguing behavior was first observed in the 1920s, and various hypotheses have been presented since then in an attempt to explain it. Some believe it occurs to reduce the spread of harmful insects. Others believe that trees are attempting to protect one another's branches from getting cracked and broken in the wind, and it's also been suggested that "crown shyness" happens so that trees can optimize light exposure in order to maximize the process of photosynthesis. Despite these various theories however, nobody knows for sure why this phenomenon occurs, but it serves to remind us of just how awesome mother nature can be. Scroll down for some of our favorite pictures, and don't forget to vote for the best. (h/t: colossal)

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Jim Gardner 1 month ago

Looks almost like a map of part of the world with land and rivers

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1 month ago

this one is Amazing!!

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GalaxyInAJar 1 month ago

These are all so beautiful!

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Uni N 1 month ago

well i should look up more ^-^

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Hope Floats 1 month ago

It looks like lightening through the trees.

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CelSlade 1 month ago

This one looks almost like neurons

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Ok Ha-Neul 1 month ago

me in public places : don't touch me don't touch me please don't touch me eunghhhh

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Kalene Ivey 1 month ago

Resembles the forest floor. Mind boggling!

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Linda Brown 1 month ago

I really like this one it's geometrical

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Marzo Florida 1 month ago

When I first looked at it, my eyes thought that the camera was in the tree looking down at cracks in a path :)

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