One of the most extreme examples of this natural phenomenon can be found at Slope Point, New Zealand, the southernmost point of the country's South Island.
Situated just 2,982 miles from the South Pole, Slope Point is regularly pounded with extreme winds that have traveled uninterrupted for thousands of miles via the Antarctic circumpolar air stream. As evidenced in the photo above, the growth of nearby trees is dramatically affected as the fierce winds make landfall.
Continue below to see more examples of how trees around the world are forced to bend and twist to Mother Earth's will.
Lake Hovsgol, Mongolia
San Francisco, California
Twistleton Scars, Chapel-le-Dale, England
Slope Point, New Zealand
Photo: Ben [CC BY-ND 2.0]/Flickr
England's south coast
Photo: Brookie [CC BY-SA 3.0]/Wikimedia
Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic
Photo: ActiveSteve [CC BY-ND 2.0]/Flickr
Big Island, Hawaii
Photo: mccready [CC BY 2.0]/Wikimedia
Lake Nipissing, Ontario, Canada
Photo: Liam Quinn [CC BY-SA 2.0]/Wikimedia
Cuckmere Haven, Sussex, England