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    Jesus on a Tree



    Image of Jesus seen on city tree

    'This is God giving us a sign,' one believer says of silver maple

    Call it a cry for peace, a test of faith or a random act of nature, a tree growing on Rochester's North Clinton Avenue so far has attracted several dozen believers who say they see the image of Jesus Christ on the tree's trunk. "I see it clearly," said Yomaira Otero of Rochester, who stood in the pouring rain Tuesday with six members of her family to see the tree. She spoke in Spanish to her relatives and pointed out the facial features, including the beard of bark she saw. "He looks like he's sleeping."

    The "Jesus tree," as some are calling it, is a silver maple growing on the front lawn of the Hickey-Freeman Co. factory at 1155 N. Clinton Ave. It's a few feet from the sidewalk and behind a black metal fence.

    The factory, which makes Hickey-Freeman, Bobby Jones and Burberry tailored clothing, has been at the site for 92 years. It sits in the heart of Rochester's infamous "crescent," known for high crime rates.

    "It's a sign from God that there should be peace," said Maria Trinidad, who lives on Clifford Avenue. "There is a lot of crime here. People should have faith in God. This is God giving us a sign."

    Her daughter, Keila Negron, 13, said she also believed it was a divine sign, but admitted she had trouble visualizing the image on the tree in the rain, which darkened the bark. She vowed to return in better weather and take pictures of the tree.

    Jim Holtz, 54, of Greece, said he noticed the image Monday when he stopped in the Cash King pawn shop directly across the street from Hickey-Freeman.

    "I was looking out that way as I usually do and saw that on the tree," Holtz said. "I said, 'Am I seeing things?'"

    Holtz walked across the street to see whether the image had been spray-painted on. It wasn't.

    "I said, 'We gotta get some pictures of this,'" he said, and he contacted the media.

    Holtz doesn't know whether the image is a coincidence or a message. He says he believes in God but doesn't regularly attend church

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    Shouldn't this be in the optical illusions thread - I sure as heck don't see it. I do, however, see something very similar to Mr. Potato Head - does anyone else see that???

    So often times it happens that we live our life in chains, and we never even know we have the key. ...Eagles, "Already Gone"

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    I see bark

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    I'm with you Cass, I see nothing but tree bark
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    "Would some power the Giftee gie us To see ourselves as others see us" R.Burns

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    I see something that looks like Fidel Castro.

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    I see a face with shoulder length hair at the very top looking to the side.......however, I do see Mr. Potato head as well!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sassygerl
    I see a face with shoulder length hair at the very top looking to the side.......however, I do see Mr. Potato head as well!
    That's

    2 for Mr Potato Head
    2 for bark
    1 Fidel Castro
    0 for Jesus

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    1 for Jesus...I can see it.

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    I can't see it...???

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oceanbreeze
    1 for Jesus...I can see it.
    Yep, the face I see is what they are saying is him! For those who can't see it look at the very top of the picture...that's where the face is...


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    there's a very fine line between religious fanaticism and psychosis....

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    I see Abe Lincoln! I am not trying to be funny....that is what I really see.

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    I see NOTHING but tree bark...I even walked away from the computer to get a different perspective...NOTHING, NADA, ZIP

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    I see Chris Rock.

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    Abe Lincoln...that's hysterical. I see Mr. Potato Head, and maybe a sort of a profile of a man really small in the upper right...does anyone who can actually see Jesus have a program that would enable them to circle it?

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