Missm4mi has pointed out some rather useful information here, but nobody as yet has said too much about it, so I will. Let's break it down into facts - please correct me if I have interpreted your words incorrectly.missm4mi wrote: ↑Mon Jun 11, 2018 8:28 pmthank you all for your comments, ideas and opinions. found some more bends today (3 more). the area I am finding all these unusual "signs" is on top of the mountain ridge in a corridor of thick dry forest. to the south of this area, the toowoomba second range crossing project is currently underway. lots of land cleared and heavy machine activity for the last two years. to the north of this area more land is currently being cleared and logged. Another walk in this central dry forest corridor on the opposite mountain ridge I am finding NO tree bends. however there are bones of kangaroos, sheep, goats and cattle literally everywhere.
1. The Toowoomba range crossing project is underway to the south of this 'corridor' area where the tree bends are, with lots of land clearing and machinery in use for the last two years.
2. This is being replicated to the north, but is in the early stages, compared to the south.
3. The 'corridor' she has walked is between the two areas, on top of a mountain ridge.
4. The opposite hill 'corridor' has no tree bends (but lots of bones).
Might this give us three options to explain the trees that are bent over?
a) The trees have bent naturally, due to some or mixed phenomena, such as weather conditions having changed in less protected areas (i.e. blown about by wind, dehydration [as mentioned previously], or via some other provocation.
b) The trees have been bent into arcs intentionally, either by human agency (bored tradies perhaps?) or
c) Non-human (let's say Yowie/Yowies) agencies.
Let's extrapolate a little, given that we have no real idea if tree bends can be attributed to Yowies, so this is just pie-in-the-sky thinking.
If a), how come the trees in one ridge area have been bent, yet the other ridge opposite has no bent trees of similar appearance?
Might that indicate it isn't/wasn't a weather condition or some kind of insect weakening the trunks (borers, beetle larvae etc.), or dehydration? It might be reasonable to make the assumption then, that these conditions couldn't vary too much in such a small localised area (I'm saying within a couple of km of each other)? Is there the possibility that the trees were bent by some other means?
Let's look at the human aspect option first... The south of corridor area has been subject to logging, felling, and intrusion by heavy machinery, so it's logical that humans bored at lunchtime or whatever, may have had two years to fool around with the remaining trees, saplings, mostly, to bend them down (why, I have no idea). I would think that unless the trunks were held down for some time with rope or similar, the saplings would simply go back to their former erect habit, possibly with a little bend, if enough damage was done to the trunk structure. Have any signs of rope or twine or such been found in the area? Are there any rub or abrasion marks on the tops of the bent trees that might indicate a long-term tie-down may have resulted?
Humans are fond of trying to change their environment in some way for some reason (just look at all the examples of people carving their initials in trees and whatnot) and rock stacking is also another fairly common way for a person to 'leave their mark', given that rocks aren't considered 'flora', and are unharmed by stacking on top of each other. I'm of the belief that some rock stacks do serve as cairns to signify something to both humans in the bush, and Yowies. Artistic intent aside, it's a simple system of marking boundaries that goes back millennia, all over the world. I'm not good enough to be able to tell if a person stacked those three rocks, or something else with opposable thumbs and a hankering to show territory, did. But back to the trees...
That picture of the tall, thin sapling with the still green canopy is interesting to me, simply because it appears to have been drawn down, the the canopy part fixed in place with other trees and branches. This is NOT something nature would or could do, which leaves the human-Yowie aspect.
Now, if the south side of the corridor has been subjected to human desolation via machinery for two years, might it be reasonable to assume if humans didn't do it, that something else did, with clear intent to send a message? While it has been said, and I paraphrase, "Why would Yowies bother doing this to so many trees? They are more subtle than that."
Yes, they probably are. The majority of humans, however, (and forgive me for generalising) are dumb as a box of hammers when you take them out of their suburban/rural environment, and plonk them in the bush. We can't see the details, have no advanced sense of smell to detect possible animal/Yowie scent markings, or even observe scat, and half the time are too busy lumbering around the place trying not to fall over something in the natural landscape, to notice such details. Forget then, us being able to spot the minutiae of far more subtle markings such as sticks shoved part way into the earth, small trees pulled together to form a visual barrier, with the greater intent probably being much more obvious to those who know or guess what they might be looking at, logs dragged over pathways, or one or two subtle trees pulled down into an unnaturally low arch, to indicate a barrier.... so what's stopping a Yowie or group of them, giving up on subtlety in utter exasperation, because the stupid noisy, clueless humans AREN'T GETTING THE MESSAGE THAT THEIR DAMAGE AND DESTRUCTION AND PRESENCE IS NOT WELCOME? Throw 'subtle' out the window, and just go to town, making dozens of these visually different arches with living trees in hopes we'll twig? (pun intended)
So, what about the north ridge area, with no apparent tree bends... ? Maybe the Yowies have just given up on us as a lost cause, given that multiple trees bent over on the south side have achieved nothing. Who knows? Maybe they've decided to move house, and have simply vacated the premises, after such a drawn-out period of destruction has gone ahead despite their best efforts to show someone else lives or hunts here, because we just don't register what we are looking at, and write it off as 'climate' or 'weather anomalies' and so on.
What I'm saying, is that if you consider the big picture from as many aspects as you can dream up (and that's why I love this place because the forum gives us all the exact opportunity to do just that), you still may not have all the information to allow you to make a judgement call on how something came to be. We're all looking for answers, but may not even have the questions right.
What would be brilliant is to have someone who is working on the Range Crossing and who has an open mind, to tell us if they have seen, heard, smelled or sensed anything odd during their time there. I will bet my bottom dollar, that there have been animal sightings of all kind, and perhaps even of creatures that people couldn't identify, either from ignorance or because it did their head in to try to explain something that made no sense or which they couldn't compare to any known creature that belongs in the Aussie bush.
Anyway, thanks for posting Missm4mi, I don't want to write any of your observations off, and do wish to keep an open mind. I believe that when there isn't a rational explanation for something, then you have to consider the world holds far more than we probably can comprehend, let alone see.