12 Treescapes Dramatically Shaped by Wind

Tree growth is dramatically affected by fierce winds on New Zealand's Slope Point. (Photo: Venca11/Shutterstock)

Long before humans discovered the art of shaping trees through bonsai, topiary and espalier, Mother Earth was doing some major horticultural sculpting herself.

One of the most extreme examples of this natural phenomenon can be found at Slope Point, New Zealand, the southernmost point of the country's South Island.

Situated just 2,982 miles from the South Pole, Slope Point is regularly pounded with extreme winds that have traveled uninterrupted for thousands of miles via the Antarctic circumpolar air stream. As evidenced in the photo above, the growth of nearby trees is dramatically affected as the fierce winds make landfall.

Continue below to see more examples of how trees around the world are forced to bend and twist to Mother Earth's will.

Lake Hovsgol, Mongolia

Windswept trees: Lake Hovsgol, Mongolia
(Photo: Barbara Barbour/Shutterstock)

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San Francisco, California

Windswept trees: San Francisco
(Photo: Philippe Teuwen [CC BY-SA 2.0]/Wikipedia Commons)

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Twistleton Scars, Chapel-le-Dale, England

Windswept trees: Twistleton Scars
(Photo: Phil MacD Photography/Shutterstock)

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Slope Point, New Zealand

Windswept trees: Slope Point, New Zealand
(Photo: Ben [CC BY-ND 2.0]/Flickr)

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Darss, Germany

Windswept trees: Darsser, Germany
(Photo: Bildagentur Zoonar GmbH/Shutterstock)

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England's south coast

Windswept trees: South coast of England
(Photo: Brookie [CC BY-SA 3.0]/Wikimedia Commons)

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Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic

Windswept trees: Puerto Plata
(Photo: ActiveSteve [CC BY-ND 2.0]/Flickr)

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Big Island, Hawaii

Windswept trees: Big Island, Hawaii
(Photo: mccready [CC BY 2.0]/Wikimedia Commons)

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Lake Nipissing, Ontario, Canada

Windswept trees: Lake Nipissing
(Photo: Liam Quinn [CC BY-SA 2.0]/Wikimedia Commons)

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Maui, Hawaii

Windswept trees: Maui, Hawaii
(Photo: lauralens/Shutterstock)

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Cuckmere Haven, Sussex, England

Windswept trees: Cuckmere Haven
(Photo: Alina Wegher/Shutterstock)