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Distorted: deformed, bent, twisted, crooked, contorted, misshapen….

Many trees in the desert climate of Oman are gnarly and twisted, distorted; they’re like bony fingers reaching and reaching for a drop of water, and failing miserably.  They seem to be crying out for sustenance, yearning for a bit of sympathy.

a tree distorted by the forces of nature in Oman

On Jebel Akhdar, a small village in Wadi Bani Habib has been distorted by the forces of nature after its abandonment.

an abandoned village distorted by the forces of nature

Sometimes, man and nature work together to create topiary gardens, bushes or trees distorted from their true essence and formed into something artistic.  Where distorted usually has a negative connotation, in this case, the distorted plant becomes beautiful and fascinating.  This was taken on an island in South Korea, Geoje-si. (geoje: rough seas and caressing grasses)

nature distorted by gardeners' hands

Words do not express thoughts very well. They always become a little different immediately after they are expressed, a little distorted, a little foolish. ~ Herman Hesse

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