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14th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Twisted branches in the woods

Branches in wooded areas such as these become home to vines and other climbing plants. The vines will suffocate the branches and create these beautiful, gnarled pieces. I have seen many people use these as walking sticks, and I have memories of a grandparent keeping polished versions of these at home.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 06.2016
Date Uploaded: 07.2016
Photo Location: Clarksburg, West Virginia, United States of America
Camera: NIKON D7100
Copyright: © Emily Palmer