How often have we passed this tree.... by bruni

How often have we passed this tree....

....a countless time when driving up to our son and family in Bobcaygeon. On.

Here is the story taken from the Internet:

Hundreds of tired, old shoes
dangle from overhead hydro
wires, hang from branches and
have been nailed to a tree trunk
on a nearby twisted old maple
tree on the east side of Durham
Rd. 23 between Port Bolster
and Beaverton.
Why there and why that
tree is shrouded in mystery,
for no one seems to
know—albeit the tree is
close to the roadside and is
quite visible as it sits on a
gentle bend in the road.
Shoe trees, as they are
appropriately called,
and the act of hanging your old
shoes on them, has become
a pop culture ritual common
throughout North America.
The folklore on
how they got started covers
everything from a disenchanted
bride throwing her shoes away
on her wedding night to school
graduates to military war heroes
to people who just think it is a
cool thing to do.
One explanation deals with the
discarded shoes being a tribute
to all of the lost soles that travel
along the roadway where the
tree is located.
While initially thought to have
started in the U.S. in the 1970s,
shoe trees have been sighted in
Britain, Australia, New Zealand,
Argentina, Ecuador and Sweden.
“I don’t know how this tree got
started or why, but it has been
there for a very long time,” said
local resident Mary Hodgson.
This is such a cool find. I wonder if birds nest in some of those shoes.
February 27th, 2021  
So interesting looking.
February 27th, 2021  
I think it is as foolish as the locks on bridges,etc.
February 27th, 2021  
February 27th, 2021  
Not seen this before. Quirky seeing them hanging in the tree but a real mess on the ground.
February 27th, 2021  
An interesting find and great narrative
February 27th, 2021  
February 27th, 2021  
I agree with @joansmor
February 27th, 2021  
February 27th, 2021  
What an interesting find.
February 27th, 2021  
Great capture of.....
February 27th, 2021  
Is that the one west of Beaverton? They've started another one on the other side of the road. That's where I shop for new shoes. lol
February 28th, 2021  
Interesting tree!
February 28th, 2021  
so cool
February 28th, 2021  
What a great find and shot, quite a mysterious shoe tree.
February 28th, 2021  
Thanks for sharing
February 28th, 2021  
We also have one in my town in the skate park ... always fun to see !
February 28th, 2021  
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