There are so many spectacular, natural oddities out there to remind us of just how awesome mother nature can be. And “crown shyness” is absolutely one of those strange but fascinating phenomena.
First observed in the 1920s, “crown shyness” is a naturally occurring phenomenon in some tree species where the upper most branches in a forest canopy avoid touching one another.
Some believe it occurs to reduce the spread of harmful insects. Others believe that trees are attempting to protect one another’s branches from getting cracked and broken in the wind, and it’s also been suggested that “crown shyness” happens so that trees can optimize light exposure in order to maximize the process of photosynthesis. Despite these various theories, however, until now scientists have yet to reach a consensus on what causes it.
Check out these incredible pictures to see what we mean. And the next time you’re out walking through the forest, remember to take a moment to look above you and you might be pleasantly surprised by what you find.
Via: Bored Panda