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No, not digitally retouched photos but, rather, the all-natural phenomenon of Crown Shyness where the uppermost branches of certain tree species avoid each other in the forest canopy.

First discovered in the 1920s, the exact cause is unclear: whether the result of trees rubbing against one another or an active process by which the available light needed for photosynthesis is ‘shared’.

Either way, isn’t nature wonderful?