This is called The Octopus Tree and has stood on a bluff at Cape Meares on the Oregon Coast for the past 300 or so years. This tree is a Sitka Spruce that has mysteriously grown without a central trunk. It's about 42 feet around and stands over 100 feet high with arms that extend out and up like an upside down octopus.
The mystery is what formed this incredible tree. Was it natural forces such as the wind that hammers the bluff this Sitka Spruce stands on? Most likely not. Did the Native Americans of this area, the Tillamook Tribe, purposely form this wondrous tree this way? Local legends say that the tree was formed this way as a ceremonial site to cradle the canoes that held their dead. The tree is also known as "The Council Tree" where tribal elders came to make decisions and where shaman performed tribal ceremonies.
Seems to me this tree is sacred. I think, quite possibly, the spirits of our Native American ancestors can still be felt here, if you just take the time to listen.
(This posted linked to Green Day over at Raindrops & Daisies)