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Does anybody else have any pictures of trees that "ate" things that we've found while geocaching?

 

There is a micro on the back side of this tree that ate a treehouse:

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The object connecting these two trunks is a very old board. My guess is that this was a seat that was fastened there when the trees were young. That seat would have has a nice view of a nearby pond:

 

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An old pipe railing around a kiln at an abandoned brick factory in Iowa (there's a virtual and a regular cache nearby) gave me this shot:

 

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I don't have any pictures, but I know of three different trees locally that have 'eaten' bicycles (all have caches at or near).

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You mean like this?

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Saw one the other day with just a pair of legs and boots sticking out. Slow hiker, I guess. Didn't think it was worth wasting a spot on the memory card, though.

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This hungry tree savors rocks!

P.S. The tree can be found in the Grayson Highlands State Park in Virginia along with a lot of other beautiful sights!

Edited by Konnarock Kid & Marge

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I just can't believe all of these trees survived being in such close proximity to nails and screws... :unsure:

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Here is a tree that seems to have eaten itself in Pennsylvania.

 

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(Turn your head sideways ... I can't figure out how to rotate the photo)

 

And, while this tree does not appear to have eaten anything, the cache is not appropriate for the location.

 

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(This is a fake junction box cover)

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I found a very large tree fairly close to Does a Bear Poop in the Woods? that had nibbled on some cinder blocks and a pipe many moons ago. It's what my grandmother would call a troll tree, espousing the myth that, on moonless nights the bricks would open like a door, letting the trolls out. Scattered around this tree I found 3 piles of bones. :unsure:

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I don't have a photo handy right now but I have a cache near a tree that had "eaten" some animal traps - only a bit of the metal is still stiking out. It is quite near the Oregon trail and has left me wondering if some pioneer made it to Oregon ok without the traps he left hanging in the tree.

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I don't have a photo handy right now but I have a cache near a tree that had "eaten" some animal traps - only a bit of the metal is still stiking out. It is quite near the Oregon trail and has left me wondering if some pioneer made it to Oregon ok without the traps he left hanging in the tree.

 

Or maybe he left those traps hanging in the tree because he didn't make it out of Nebraska...

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I don't have a photo handy right now but I have a cache near a tree that had "eaten" some animal traps - only a bit of the metal is still stiking out. It is quite near the Oregon trail and has left me wondering if some pioneer made it to Oregon ok without the traps he left hanging in the tree.

 

Or maybe he left those traps hanging in the tree because he didn't make it out of Nebraska...

:unsure: - I occasionally joke that the original settlers of this area were actually "quitters". Folks that gave up on the hardships of making it to Oregon. Some of the long standing local families strongly object to that observation.

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Here is a tree that seems to have eaten itself in Pennsylvania.

 

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(Turn your head sideways ... I can't figure out how to rotate the photo)

 

Pssst. Those are vines.

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All on the same walk in Delaware

 

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I get that they are in love, but mixed relationships rarely work out.

 

Anyway, this thread reminds me of teh lawn mower eating tree at Fort Wilderness.

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I came across a tree once that actually ate a cache! someone had hidden a micro that snugly fit into the crotch of a tree, and when I found it more than a year had passed since the last visitors. In the meantime the bark swelled out and pinched around the top of the container so that it could no longer be removed. Given a few more years the cache may have been swallowed completely. I don't think anybody ever got it back out.

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Another tree hungry for rock. It looks like it's just started snacking. Or maybe it's a really old elephant mistaking the rock for a giant peanut.

 

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Bruce

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A tombstone in a cemetery that dates back to the civil war:

 

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I loved finding that cache! Very interesting!! I just didn't like the driving to it. LOL! We took the indirect route.

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There is a fairly new Waymarking category devoted to this

 

By golly... yes! These fit right in there, don't they! (except that these I found while caching.)

That doesn't matter. If you have the coordinates, please bring them on over! I'm an officer on the category and love seeing these. These are some exceptionally good ones being posted here!

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Ran across this one while caching around Eau Claire, WI last weekend.

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GCH6EG Pictures show a masive gear and a tree having a fight. So far no winners. Maybe in 50 years.
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As a child I helped my father remove a tree from a car or vice versa, that had gown to about 4 feet around and was growing from up through the gear shifter. It was a PITA but eventually thay both lost and the field was void of any obstacles. I wish I had a pic to show it. I have pics that would fit this post, just not with me. Maybe when I return to the states

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Ran across this one while caching around Eau Claire, WI last weekend.

I'm thinking they need to add another sign:

 

Warning! Hunters will be eaten by trees! :)

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I guess whoever parked this wagon here forgot to come back.

 

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That, my friend, is a genuine antique manure spreader. If you've never run one take my word for it.It's a crappy job!

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There is a fairly new Waymarking category devoted to this

Yeah, that category seems pretty sparse. Heck, this topic alone has about twice the number of pictured locations :D

 

Unfortunately, I get the feeling that the coordinates to the caches near the trees in this topic are probably not that of the tree themselves (or maybe they are for some of 'em, who knows), so I'm guessing one can't just copy over the data from geocaching to Waymarking.

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There is a fairly new Waymarking category devoted to this

Yeah, that category seems pretty sparse. Heck, this topic alone has about twice the number of pictured locations :D

 

Unfortunately, I get the feeling that the coordinates to the caches near the trees in this topic are probably not that of the tree themselves (or maybe they are for some of 'em, who knows), so I'm guessing one can't just copy over the data from geocaching to Waymarking.

 

Since I wrote the Omnivorous Trees category on Waymarking, I probably should put in a couple words in this thread...

 

The category is "sparse" because it's just a few months old. Categories grow as people post waymarks to them. One of the waymarks in that category has already made it as a Featured Waymark for the site and appears periodically on the main page as an example to newcomers of what Waymarking is about.

 

Omnivorous Trees are not always easy to find. I have not found one to post a waymark for, yet, and I wrote the category!

 

Waymarking does not conflict with Geocaching. We've had some great new additions to the category recently and I encourage others to post waymarks to this category, as well.

 

Omnivorous Trees

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I hid a micro in this amazing willow oak tree back in '05. I was alone with no measuring device, but it took 4 hugs to get around the tree, so I estimate the circumference at 18-20'.

 

A few months ago logs mentioned that the cache was getting stuck in its nook. I finally replaced it this week and it took almost ten minutes of gentle persistant wiggling and tugging with pliers to remove the old matchstick case.

 

The tree:

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The old cache:

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Cool!!! Did it actually take the top off of the matchsafe? That's what it looks like. All that in 4 years.

 

Its ironic that you brought this thread back today. While I didn't grab any pictures, I went back to a park today where I had cached about 3 years ago, and was near a huge oak that has a three-inch wire cable running through it. I was only a couple hundred feet from the tree today... wish now that I had gone over and snapped a few.

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I think it deformed the capsule enough that finders couldn't screw it back on tight, but the log sheets were dry. It was probably easier to extract it in the cold as the plastic was brittle. I broke off 4-5 chunks before being able to wiggle the bottom 1/3rd of the container out intact.

Also good props for those inexpensive walmart match safes.

 

PS it took me 15 minutes to find the thread as I kept searching for eaten instead of hungry. Finally just searched on tree in title. But I did get to read a thread in which the OP mentioned someone getting eaten by a croc while their friends watched in horror from a tree. I guess you do just have to be faster than someone in the group, not the predator. :)

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In Iowa there's a plow in an oak tree.

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the opposite side of the tree has a handle sticking out of it.

 

Story goes that a young farmer heard the news for call of the Iowa militia to join in the war to save the Union and leaned the plow up against the tree to stay until he returned from war, and he never did.

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these are great!! thanks for posting these pictures really makes you wonder how some of the trees and items got together and how they stayed that long without being moved, stolen, or broken down by the weather =)

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I've got to get photos of two of my caches. I have Rock-eating Monsters at a site where a group of trees is eating rocks, and Wire-eating Monster where a tree has eaten a barbed wire fence.

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I submitted a tree snacking on a bicycle to the Waymark catagory, but it was declined because the picture didn't clearly show the nibbling. If I ever go back there, I may try again and get a better picture... or not. Moral? Get good pics the first time. :ph34r:

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A strangler fig on the Big Cypress Bend Boardwalk. Nearest cache is GCT0VH.

That is really cool! Looks like a huge claw!

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