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There is, sadly no scale in this image, but suffice it that a man a bit over six feet can easily stand beneath this tree which has a diameter of about 8 inches where the ‘trunk’ actually starts.

It might be better to ask what this is?  This is a perfectly well formed black birch actually, much healthier than its compatriots of the same age growing around it.  It has a nice full and balanced crown.  It just started in a slightly unusual location.  Namely at the top of a pine snag about eight feet tall.

This second picture shows its growth clearly. You can see through the old snag, which provides no structural support at all.

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One can see where the legends of walking trees come from.  Fancy meeting this in woods (once the snag falls out) on a moonlight night?