If you’re hiking in the forest, be sure to watch out for J-shaped trees. Their bent trunks might look unusually spectacular, but, the misshapen woods serve as a warning sign from nature of a potential landslide.
Trees bent into such strange shapes tend to point to slow-moving ground (or soil creep) beneath the surface and, whilst this might sound harmless enough, it can often be the case that a landslide is soon to follow.
The danger is greatest in sloped woodland areas and, whilst it can be tempting to start exploring, it’s best not to linger long. Look out for cracks and crevices in the surrounding ground — and by no means consider climbing a J-shaped tree or you might end up bringing the whole hillside down.