facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Cross seen in trunk of cut tree

Nov. 15, 2012 at 3:53 PM   |   Comments

LAFAYETTE, Calif., Nov. 15 (UPI) -- Some California Christians say they perceive a religious message in the image of a cross seen in a slice from a fallen pine tree.

Tree trimmers at the Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Lafayette said they discovered the image Tuesday while cutting through a fallen California pine. The 4-inch-thick tree slice is currently being displayed in the office of cemetery administrators, the Contra Costa (Calif.) Times reported Thursday.

"Since my brother passed away, I've been looking for signs, waiting for him to come to me in my dreams, tell me goodbye," said Juan Ochoa, 45, a cemetery groundskeeper who said the image is helping ease his pain.

Lewis Feldman, a professor of plant biology at the University of California-Berkeley, said the cross shape may be an aromatic scar tissue known as "heartwood," which trees transport to the dead tissue of their centers.

© 2012 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
Black bears fight on suburban New Jersey street Black bears fight on suburban New Jersey street
2
Groom carries bride, falls on top of her Groom carries bride, falls on top of her
3
150 cats found in home of known hoarder 150 cats found in home of known hoarder
4
Store owner threw chili powder at armed robbers Store owner threw chili powder at armed robbers
5
Fridge-raiding Teletubbie charged with burglary Fridge-raiding Teletubbie charged with burglary
Trending News
Around the Web
x
Feedback