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Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Photo Credit: Richard Christianson
Whoa, this picture posted on facebook by Richard Christianson has gone viral. It has been shared over 80 thousands times and been featured in numerous videos, forums and blogs. Many people say it is a demon or an angel. One person even said it was an elephant, huh?

The eerie standing figure is a rather frightful image. There has been much debate about the figure. What is it? Is it a hoax? and on and on.

While others find the picture fascinating and think the image could be supernatural, I think there is a more earthly explanation to the figure.

Lets explore to find out more about it.
First, there was some pretty good debate about the image. Some said it was just an odd shaped palm tree. But the palm tree theory was quickly rebuked my others, saying that palm trees don't grow there. The picture was reportedly taken by Mr. Christianson in Arizona. I thought that palm trees grew in Arizona but wanted to be sure. So I was able to find out the general area where Mr. Christianson lives and when to google maps. The area is Laveen, AZ. Below is a picture, using google maps, of the area. You will notice that yes palm trees do grow in this particular area.

So, that confirms that palm trees do grow in this area. But what are the chances of it looking like an angel? Well, I did find another odd looking tree in this area and here is a picture of it. Notice that the tree just right of center of the picture looks like a giant hand with a finger pointing up. Pretty cool and random. 

But I do not think the mystery figure picture is just a normal, but odd, growing tree. Also, I do not think it is photoshopped and the figure is actually there, but what is it?

Well, I'm not even convinced it is a palm tree, but I do think it is a tree. So, why the odd shape?
Power lines. Very often the center or top of trees are cut away to keep them out of powerlines. This can create some odd shaped trees. Then you add in a hazy night and the right angle and you have a winged demon landing on earth.  I know some will still insist this is a demon returned to earth to kill all of us but that is okay.

I would assume that Mr. Christianson knows exactly what it is and that a simple day time picture of the area could clear the mystery up. But, he is getting massive amounts of views and interest so he is riding the wave. At the very least it is giving people something to debate and wonder about.

What do you think it is?

Have a great day.


This post by Thomas Marcum, Thomas is the founder/leader of the cryptozoology and paranormal research organization known as The Crypto Crew. Over 20 years experience with research and investigation of unexplained activity, working with video and websites. A trained wild land firefighter and a published photographer, and poet.

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