It is called the dancing elm.

The trees do not move to the naked eye, but over the course of their 80-150 year lives, they move and gyrate and bend in an unearthly dance the likes of which no human is capable of seeing.

A Dutch master painted one, returning once a year for every year of his 90-year life after he noticed the tree gradually shifting as a young man. It was called a flight of fancy.

A photographer set up a device to take pictures of a dancing elm once per day for years. The result was called a hoax and laughed at.

But those who know trees have long realized that the dancing elm is real. And, for just as long, they have known why the great killer, the disease of elms, has been seeking to annihilate them from the face of the earth.

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