This is one of Hafford’s big tourist attractions. Since Hafford is a small place, it’s actually a very small tourist attraction, a clump of trees on someone’s farm down a country road off a country road. But they’re weird trees: Aspens, just like the other clump across the parking lot, only different.

Twisted Aspen near Hafford

Different, just like the name says: Twisty.

Twisted Aspens near Hafford
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Twisted Aspens near Hafford

It was hinted darkly to me by a local that Mysterious Forces Were At Work; and the little sign by the grove trumpets the mystery. But Wikipedia reveals that this is, probably, a mutation.

Hunkered down in the weeds between the twisted trees, this entirely untwisted wild rose, one of the Prairies’ most lovable citizens.

Wild rose near Hafford


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From: Scott Johnson (Jul 14 2012, at 10:34)

Between this and your cottage posts, I continually find myself wanting to visit Canada in the summer.

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