Treesus! Apprentice tree surgeon uncovers face of JESUS in trunk of a 13ft poplar

  • Tree surgeon found face of Jesus in growth rings of tree he just chopped down
  • Callum Johnson said the location may become a place of pilgrimage in future
  • The image in the log decay shows a clearly-defined head, beard and hair

A tree surgeon believes he’s discovered the face of Jesus in a tree he was hired to chop down a tree to allow more sunlight into a customer’s home.

Callum Johnson’s jaw dropped when he spotted the image staring back at him from the growth rings of the tree felled in Wantage, Oxfordshire.

A striking image of the Christ-like face in the log decay shows a clearly-defined head, eyes, nose, moustache, beard and trademark flowing locks.

The 16-year-old apprentice said he and the four-strong team, some whom have been in the industry for 40 years, had never seen anything like it before.

Callum quipped that the site may become a place of pilgrimage in future.

After sharing the snap on social media on November 29th it went viral, racking up more than 222,000 likes, shares and comments.

Callum Johnson’s jaw dropped when he spotted the image of the son of God staring back at him from the growth rings of the tree felled in Wantage, Oxfordshire

The 16-year-old apprentice said he and the four-strong team, some whom have been in the industry for 40 years, had never seen anything like it before

Callum, from Benson, Oxfordshire, said: ‘We were cutting a big poplar tree down, which was about 131ft tall as it was blocking sunlight to the [nearby] houses.

‘As my colleague was cutting through the branch it fell on the floor and I instantly noticed the face of Jesus. We all looked at it and I thought it was amazing.

‘It was pretty clearly defined – you could see the eyes and the beard. I’m not religious myself but after seeing that I may be open to considering it.

‘I’ve never seen anything like this before. My colleagues said that in their 40 years of doing it they’d never seen [anything similar] either.’

Since sharing the religious lookalike online, Callum’s post has been flooded with people agreeing on the likeness – but also suggesting the face looks like Rasputin, Jim Morrison, Kenny Rogers and Bob Ross.

Since sharing the religious lookalike online, Callum’s post has been flooded with people agreeing on the likeness – but also suggesting the face looks like Rasputin, Jim Morrison, Kenny Rogers and Bob Ross

A striking image of the Christ-like face in the log decay shows a clearly-defined head, eyes, nose, moustache, beard and trademark flowing locks 

Callum said: ‘Some people have been saying it looks like Bob Ross, people have suggested I sell it on eBay for loads of money.

‘At this rate, it could become a place of pilgrimage. I’ll definitely keep an eye out for this kind of thing in future.’

Callum shared the picture on Facebook with the caption ‘I’m a tree surgeon and found this in the decay of a log’.

Thrilled social media users shared comments, agreeing that it did look like Jesus, writing ‘amen’ in response – and a whole host of other famous bearded blokes.

One wrote: ‘Amen.’

Another commented: ‘Kenny Rogers.’

One wrote: ‘Jim Morrison.’

Another commented ‘finally, the little trees painted him’ alongside a picture of Bob Ross.

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