Status: 30.09.2023, 22:25 p.m.
By: Daniel Schinzig
A "floating spruce" was discovered in the Sauerland. The photo is not a fake. © Regional Forestry Office Soest-Sauerland
In a photo on social networks, it looks as if a tree is floating in the Sauerland. The picture is not a fake. What the spruce is all about.
Bestwig - "Is this picture true? Or did we just make this story up?" Sentences like these were often used in the mystery series "X-Factor: The Unbelievable". The viewer was presented with unbelievable stories – some true, others made up. On September 18, 2023, the Soest-Sauerland Regional Forestry Office from North Rhine-Westphalia put a Facebook post online that confronted users with a similar puzzle, reports wa.de.
In the photo you can see a spruce tree, which apparently seemed to float several centimeters above the forest floor. For some commentators, it was immediately clear that this could only be a photomontage. But in fact, the picture is real. What exactly is the tree in the air all about?
Photo shows floating tree – photo is not a fake
"Our colleague Agnes was amazed when she suddenly stood in front of this 'floating' spruce," says the post of the Soest-Sauerland Regional Forestry Office on Facebook. The employee was looking for spruce trees infested with bark beetles near Bestwig and the Volmetal when she made the curious find.
"What you see here is not a photomontage!" it continues. With a red circle, the users of the social media service are pointed out to the crucial point in the picture. Some comment on the unusual sight. One of the users describes the tree, which seems to float in the air, as "magic". Another describes what he sees as "Bibi Bloxberg syndrome" and refers to the witch known from film and radio plays.
Another user sees the matter less enchanting and, despite a promise to the contrary in the post text, is sure: "Great montage". Another commenter, like some others, has apparently discovered the solution to the riddle: "Uih! You really have to look twice."
"Floating spruces of the Sauerland": Two trees have grown together
But what do you see when you take a closer look at the picture? Is there proof that spruces can fly? Alexandra Stracke from the Soest-Sauerland Regional Forestry Office clarifies the matter in an interview with wa.de. "The spruce on the left of the picture was fused with the spruce to the right at the top and bottom," she explains. "Someone sawed it off at the bottom, so it looks like it's floating."
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So we are not dealing with a supernatural phenomenon. One spruce is held by the other to which it has grown. But why someone sawed off the lower part of the spruce remains unclear. What is clear, however, is that the employees of the Soest-Sauerland Regional Forestry Office have shown humor with their trenchantly worded Facebook post. For the "floating spruces of the Sauerland" there was a lot of praise in the comments: "You are already great," praises one Facebook user, "Yes, is it already the first of April?", writes another.
By the way, you have to look closely not only at some photos on the Internet, but also in traffic. Especially with some signs, the meaning of which is not always immediately clear to every road user. And because eyesight deteriorates in old age anyway, new driving licence rules are currently being discussed. For seniors and novice drivers, it could soon become uncomfortable.