Surreal Natural Phenomena At The Boardman Tree Farm

Updated: Jun 17, 2019

When I first shared these images of a tree farm at sunset, people weren't sure what they were looking at.

The images were captured minutes before the sun dropped below the horizon on the west facing edge of a massive tree farm in Boardman, Oregon..

The warm, directional light from the setting sun is partially blocked by the neatly arranged and evenly spaced rows of trees, resulting in this surreal effect.

The trees are Pacific Albus, a hybrid of 4 or 5 different poplar trees and part of a 25,000-acre farm located about 2.5 hours east of Portland off Interstate 84.

It’s such an unusual sight that the owners of the farm, GreenWood Resources, would conduct group tours for visitors.

Unfortunately, the farm was recently sold to a dairy. Much of it has already been felled, but since the trees take 10 to 12 years to reach maturity, you may be able to see a few patches before they are gone.

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