Radical Joy Revealed
April 9, 2014

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This Picture Was Not Photoshopped!

Amazing tree image
Hurricane trees. Photo by Jocke Berglund

This extraordinary aerial image of a tree is in fact a photograph of a large patch of fallen trees. And it really hasn't been altered from the original!


The photograph was taken by Swedish photographer Jocke Berglund, who was flying over Småland in southern Sweden in January 2005, documenting the devastation left by Hurricane Gudrun. Berglund was captivated by what he saw below him: a near-perfect image of a tree formed by the path of the storm in an area already impacted by the timber industry and the ensuing erosion.


Berglund's photo won a Wildlife Photographer of the Year award from London's Natural History Museum.


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