Dancing Forest

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This weird forest is located about 38km away from Curonian Spit, a national park in the Baltic Sea.

Dancing forest is a unique natural phenomenon. Here the pines bend in odd postures, as if dancing. Some trunks are even convolute in rings. There is a belief – if one get through such ring making a wish, it will come true. Another belief says that places where trunks make such rings are the borders of positive and negative energy and if you get through the ring from the proper side, your life will be one year longer.

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The reasons of such anomalous parts of tree are still unknown, but there are some suppositions such as wind impact, insects (tortrix) attacking the small pines for 5-20 years and damaging shoots and even “turbulent energy circulation”.

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Besides, there is a legend saying that in these places a Prussian prince Barty used to hunt. Chasing a roe he heard a wonderful tune. He came to a field and saw a girl playing the lyra. She was a Christian and her name was Predislava. The prince proposed to her but she replied that she would marry only a man of her faith. Barty agreed to christianise if she’d prove the power of her invisible God and show that it is more powerful than trees around. Predislava played, birds grew silent and the tress started dancing. The prince took off a bracelet from his hand and gave it to his fiancee. And here, in this very place, many years later, there grew a “dancing forest”.

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In fact, this part of the forest was set here in 1961. But the anomalies have appeared only lately. The forest itself was set to keep the uniqueness of Curonian Spit. Its body consists of sand covered with a thin top soil that had been forming for many decades.

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21 thoughts on “Dancing Forest”

  1. Oh… again. Admit it – Lithuania is country and it is worth to be noticed, that these dancing tress IS IN LITHUANIA .

  2. Maybe there is some unusual magnetic field in that area. I read about the “Magic Spot” in Santa Cruz, California, where you have similar trees [Redwood trees] bent in weird corkscrew-like shapes.
    A weird magnetic field is causing that.

  3. I’m sure there is a logical explanation for this, but I have to admit that I like the story of the prince and princess 🙂

  4. i was sure it was a forest not far from Szczecin, in Poland; vers Gryfino we have one like that, dancing forest, one of explanation is that before the war Germans (becquse it was german lands before the war) were cutting the trees and modelling them this way to produce the natural bent furniture after.

  5. In New England(NE USA) we have some forests like that because of snowstorms that caused young trees to bend or even partially break. If they were still viable enough, they start growing up again, which can form bends, twists and rings.

  6. Forests like that are common on the Baltic coast, as many have pointed out already. On the Swedish island of Öland there is an area called “trollskogen”, the enchanted or troll forest (troll- means magic as well), and it looks just like that.

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