Over a decade ago, David Hampton planted different species of trees in a remote woodland to take the shape of a massive smiley face visible from above.
Using rope to measure diameter, Hampton arranged fir trees in the pattern of eyes and a mouth, while filling out the surrounding 300-foot outline with larch. These larches are known to turn a vibrant orange each autumn, allowing the smiling expression to pop against the surrounding greenery. After years of growth, the face can now been seen clearly from the air.
While both tree types will eventually be harvested, the smiley face is expected to remain intact for decades thanks to the larches seasonal coloring. What began as a whimsical notion is now a one-of-a-kind forest display bringing simple joy and amusing those who discover it from above.