Since ancient times, people in forested areas have shaped trees to mark paths and special locations and to direct travelers. In the USA these are called Marker Trees and were first shaped by Native Americans and later by farmers and settlers. These marker trees take on their own personalities, over time.
The tree spirit shown here lives in a marker tree that is at the Denver Botanic Gardens’ historically preserved Chatfield Farms, Littleton, Colorado. The tree’s marker arm rests low to the ground and at one time would have marked a land ownership line.
To see other marker trees I’ve photographed, CLICK HERE.