Wednesday, November 12, 2008

The Twisted Trees of Salem

I don't know if it's something in the earth there, or maybe it could be magical witchy powers in the air, but there are some seriously twisted trees in Salem, Massachusetts. I've never seen so many trees like this scattered throughout one town. In a way, they're very reminiscent of the things that took place in Salem's history, like a natural legacy of the twisted-up lies and accusations of the Salem Witch Trials of 1692, sprung from the earth which now holds the victims, accusers, and others of that time.

Many of the strange trees we saw were in the graveyard, which I found out from Alyson's post is named the Old Burying Point and is the second oldest graveyard in the country. That's pretty old! I wonder if graveyards make trees grow funny over centuries of time, since roots are likely disrupted with the digging and burying that takes place there. Do you think so?

Creepy!


Sharon commented in my last post that she was surprised this tree hasn't been cut down, since it looks like it's about to topple over on to the graves. My guess is that they monitor it and it must have roots of steel, otherwise it would get the ax, literally. It's weird how it looks like it's twisting up out of the ground like that. What a bizarre angle!


Twisted!



This tree was right outside of the house that is Nathaniel Hawthorne's birthplace. I took this picture of it while waiting to go into the House of the Seven Gables.

Weird, huh? I took more pictures of other trees but they didn't come out well enough for me to keep. The trees add the perfect ambience to a fascinating place--not that it needs any more ambience than it already has!

12 comments:

Kristina P. said...

Those trees are awesome! Makes me want to visit even more.

Laura said...

OMGosh, they are unbelievable! I love trees, and these are so unique. They look spooky---especially at night, I think I would be scared.

Alyson (New England Living) said...

It was very, very strange that we kept seeing those twisted, bizarre trees. That first one particularly looked like it belonged on a horror movie set. So strange. I like how you said those trees were like "the twisted-up lies and accusations...sprung from the earth..." That whole sentence was well put and well-written!

I do wonder if all the digging over the years has anything to do with some of those trees. Also, certain "nutrients" the trees might find in graveyard soil. :)

Lisa K said...

Thank you for the comment! Those trees are so cool. How fun it would to be a kid and climb them.

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Very intriguing! I love the pictures!

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Mommy Madness said...

Love these pix you and Alyson have been posting. I would love to visit there some day!

rachel said...

Those trees are gorgeous and I loved how you likened them to the accusations and lies of the Salem with trials. Very well written post :)

dougandcheryl said...

Those trees are amazing. I love a good old gnarly tree.

Wendyburd1 said...

They look like GREAT climbing trees!! Love 'em!!

Elizabeth said...

Such glorious fascinating trees.
Beautifully captured.

Sarah Laurence said...

Donna, what gorgeously creepy trees! You make me want to visit Salem and see more of your nature photos. It was fun reading a paired blog of the visit at Alyson's and seeing you two together. I can totally see how you can be friends.

I remember hearing about an historical fiction novel about the Salem witch trial written by a descendent that got good reviews in the NYT I think. Maybe it was the Lace Reader that you mention below - I can't remember.