22 Trees Growing Around Objects

When a tree is growing, and it encounters something that gets in the way of it's growth, it can do three things: stop growing, grow away from it, or grow around it. Is it possible there are items entirely consumed by trees that we don't know about? I would say it is not only possible, but likely. Here are 22 examples of trees simply absorbing obstacles.

A tree growing over a bench.


A tell tale sign you have owned a car too long.


A tree has grown right over two signs.


Here a tree has grown over a water faucet. Still works too.


If it's been that long since you have moved your motorcycle, why not sell it?


A tree growing right over a headstone.


Growing over a rock.


This tree has entirely engulfed a "no trespassing" sign.


Know what happens when you don't take down your Christmas lights on time? You do now.


It looks like it's trying to eat the pipe.


Here it's grown right over a metal tub. The exact tub actually, that I bathed in as a child, growing up in the Appalachians. Not really.


Growing right over a fence.


A tree growing over a palm tree.


A tree growing over a boulder.


A tree growing over a wall.


A tree growing around a bicycle. Story behind the tree found here.


Here is a tree growing around a truck, or the site of a strange accident.


Here is a tree growing around a light that someone had attached to it years earlier.


Here a tree is growing over the skull of a deer.


A tree is growing around a statue of Buddah.


Here a tree has grown over, and outlasted, a fence.


Another tree growing around a fence.


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27 comments:

  1. Suppose so. Makes you wonder how many trees have totally consumed things. Might be some hidden treasure out there.

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  2. sometimes trees pull out artillery shells off the ground that were left from the WWI or WWII.

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  3. Really Good Photos !

    Also see this Social Advt ( Tamil Language) for growing Trees.


    http://tamiladvt.blogspot.com/2010/05/pothys-social-advt-for-trees.html

    Thanks
    Senthil

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  5. A truly spendid collection! you should print them up in a book! How about for kids? As a teacher a book of this sort would be a great find.
    Elaine

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  6. Is one kind of tree more likely to do this than others?

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  7. Call American Pickers

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  8. Old school Dodge planter. Located at east of Rice Lake on Hwy C. Just past the C & M intersection.

    http://i52.tinypic.com/2i1hv5u.jpg

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  9. tree with horrible scars!

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  10. I took a picture of that same very last one too haha. It's on 13th street on the west side.

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  11. Hi. very interesting set of photos and great that you collected them from around the internet. Here is a short film of a tree in Warsaw that has swallowed up a fence: http://youtu.be/o3AVlXeMROE

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  12. The tree growing around a bicycle has a story:
    A boy left his bike chained to a tree when he went away to war in 1914. He never returned, leaving the tree no choice but to grow around the bike.

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    1. That bike looked too small for a teen.

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    2. The bike belonged to a child about ten or eleven. He simply didn't like it, so he left it in the woods and claimed he lost it.

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  13. Arturo- I've heard that but it's a child sized bike. Is there any evidence of that being the truth?

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  14. I remember when I was a kid, I was helping my dad get firewood and he ruined his chain saw on a tree that had a phone pole in it!

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  15. I love the old bike. You can imagine some kid left against a tree and forgot where he left it. The tree grew around it and eventually picked it up off the ground as it grew taller. I wish I could've watched the whole thing in fast motion.

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  16. Actually that spot on the tree has always been the same height, so the bike must have been thrown up out of reach by a bully?... IDK, all I know for a fact is that as a tree grows, the entire tree does not stretch out, growth (length wise) is only put on at the apical meristems.

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  17. We have a tree with the tines of a hay fork poking out of it... about 6' up!

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  18. Perhaps the Ents have been at work?

    www.johnbluebottlefineart.com

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  19. Tree growing around headstone begs the question: so where are the roots?

    And agreed re above that trees do *not* lift things. They grow at the tip (lol, apical meristem if you must recall bio class), which is why topping is a questioinable idea.

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  20. http://www.basic-tree-care.com/2012/10/how-to-plant-tree.html?showComment=1379050614798#c2588856499954289381

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  21. The child's bike was probably put on top of the tree when the tree was young, maybe a seedling, and well, we see the rest of the story.

    And the tombstone? We know where some of those roots are, and it isn't some place pretty.

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