These Trees Are Hiding Something

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They may seems like another ordinary part of an everyday landscape. But these trees are special. Because they're not trees at all. They're cell towers in disguise.

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The concept of hiding cell towers as local flora isn't especially new (we've covered less sophisticated models here before). But these particular images come from the lens of German photographer Robert Voit, who's made it his business to catalog the impostors since 2003. As he told PopPhoto:

"I was working on a project about the Christmas season, and I was searching the Internet for production facilities for [fake] Christmas trees," Voit recalls. "I had in my mind an overview of a plastic forest in one of those plants. But when I came across a picture of a mobile-phone tree online, I immediately left everything behind! I refocused and it turned into another story."

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Illustration for article titled These Trees Are Hiding Something

Since then, Voit's traveled the world with his Linhof 4x5 and Deardorff 8x10 cameras. Some of his subjects are hideous, some beautiful, and the most successful—like this Scottsdale, AZ cactus tower—are perfectly attuned to their surroundings.

Head over here for the full gallery, and keep an eye out for suspicious trunks.

[PopPhoto]

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DISCUSSION

Cool— They look alright, they rnt supposed to fool anyone. I just cant understand why my town refuses to allow cell towers, reception sucks for a 10 mile radius because the zoning board blows. How am I supposed to keep a good text string going if u drop reception for 15 minutes of the drive