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The 'Angel Tree', El Paso, Texas

The 'Angel Tree', El Paso, Texas

pix by: She-Devil

If you travel down some of the more secluded and tree-shadowed roads way out on the further reaches of El Paso, you just might find yourself passing by a mysterious roadside figure that's become known as the 'Angel Tree'...

The 'Angel Tree', El Paso, Texas

The 'Angel Tree', El Paso, Texas

The 'Angel Tree', El Paso, Texas

The 'Angel Tree', El Paso, Texas

El Paso's Upper Valley is the opposite of it's usual dry desert landscape in every way. A green, fertile area of cotton fields, lush lawns and gardens nurtured by the Rio Grande, it's a quiet community laced with narrow roads that have names like Love Road, Memory Drive, and Bitter Sweet Place, many of which are cloaked in the shadows of leafy shade trees. And alongside one of these shadowy roads stands a watchful, angelic figure carved from the trunk of a dead tree, peering at passerby with an inscrutable wooden face...

The 'Angel Tree', El Paso, Texas

The 'Angel Tree', El Paso, Texas

The 'Angel Tree', El Paso, Texas

The 'Angel Tree', El Paso, Texas

One of the first things you notice when you see her, is the disconcerting way her gaze seems to kind of follow you from every angle. In the pictures, you can see how even her facial expression looks different from every angle, it's crazy! I have no idea how long it's been there, or who created it, or anything (I actually plan to go back and check it out some more, maybe I'll be able to find out somethin'). Standing imposingly tall- maybe 10...12 feet or so- in a strip of grass on a roadside, it's all carved from a single tree trunk which is still rooted in the ground, and her flowing dress and folded wings have been painted or stained white.

My aunt gave me these pics of the Angel, and right away we noticed some very odd things in some of them. One shot has a really large orb floating near the Angel's head, and a few orbs seem to be floating around in another. A weird streaky shape shows up in yet another shot, and one pic has an odd overlapping of the background scenery over the Angel (you can actually see the fence that is behind her superimposed over the front of her, which is kinda bizarre). And in one shot, there actually seems to be a blurred and winged shape of the Angel kind of swooping behind the figure itself!

As I said, we don't know anything about the origins of this mysterious Angel... and somehow, that only makes it all the more intriguing. And it sure is quite a sight the first time you drive down the road at dusk, and see this white, robed being standing as if waiting by the roadside... you can almost imagine her uprooting her trunk from the earth and treading toward you with a creaking wooden groan...

*Special thanks to Uncle Rick for giving us the heads up about this roadside icon!*

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