Every tree is a miracle.
From their expansive networks of roots to their vibrant displays of leaves, flowers, and pinecones, trees are some of nature's most extraordinary organisms. As humans, our existence depends on their ability to recycle carbon dioxide, move water, and release oxygen, and their fallen leaves and decayed roots are vital to the health of the soil. In short, we couldn't exist without them.
Even though every tree is special, some are admittedly more awe-inspiring than others. Here are some of the world's most extraordinary trees (but remember that each tree outside your window is just as worthy of your appreciation).
7. The Slope Point Trees, New Zealand
The trees on the edge of New Zealand's South Island are constantly blasted by an Antarctic wind strong enough to mold them into the striking shapes you see above. Slope Point experiences winds that rush in at over 3,000 kilometers per hour uninterrupted before slamming into the trees, which were originally planted by sheep farmers to give their flock some refuge.