Sedona: Land of mysterious red rocks, vortexes, aliens and this peculiar Arizona Sycamore tree

Sedona is well known for mysterious sightings and happenings. The amazing red rock formations that have earned names like Bell Rock, Coffee Pot Rock and Snoopy. Lore of unexplained occurrences happenings occurring at the vortex sites abound. Some people swear they have experienced alien encounters in Sedona.

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And now this…

While strolling the grounds of Los Abrigados resort along Oak Creek in Sedona, I came across this Arizona Sycamore tree with a very peculiar circular void in its trunk.
View of Arizona Sycamore tree from the base of trunk, looking up
Mystery among the beauty. It was this captivating view that had me scanning the treetops that float above the scenic creekside park at Los Abrigados resort in Sedona, AZ when I discovered the mysterious tree trunk formation shown in this post.

About the Arizona Sycamore tree

Arizona Sycamore is a large, spreading, deciduous tree up to 70 ft. tall, with beautifully arched, white branches and leave that resemble a star. Light-gray outer bark flakes off to reveal the white inner bark. Its fruit is four-sided with a basal tuft of long hairs.

One of the largest and most appealing deciduous trees in the Southwest, it’s invaluable in preventing erosion along stream banks. Large trees with their spreading whitish branches and huge, mottled trunks are conspicuous along desert valleys and canyons. It’s commonly found along creeks and river in northern and central Arizona. Woodpeckers and other desert birds nest in the hollow trunks of old trees.

How can this botanic marvel be explained?

I’ve been an avid gardener for much of my adult life; even earned a master gardener certificate while living in another state. I’ve seen some unusual things with plants in my time, but this one takes the cake.

I’ve heard that the vortex energy around Sedona can cause pine trees to twist as they grow. But this! What would cause a tree trunk to split and rejoin itself a couple feet higher? I’m mystified.

Any thoughts on how this botanic marvel can be explained?

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