-- UTV Live News (@UTVNews) October 24, 2016
This autumn, passengers flying into the City of Derry Airport in Ireland have noticed something remarkable during their descent.
A gigantic Celtic cross made entirely of trees has appeared in the Donegal forest, a rural region of Northern Ireland near the Atlantic Ocean. The cross measures 300 feet long -- nearly two football fields -- and consists of thousands of trees.
UTV reports the mysterious cross is the work of Liam Emmery, a local forester who died in 2010. Emmery was ill for a couple years before his death, and did not tell most of his family about his creation.
He created the remarkable cross by planting several different types of trees that change colors during the fall. This year has seen an unusually dry autumn in Donegal, making the cross more noticeable than ever before.
"We're going to be appreciating this for the next 60 or 70 years," said local horticulturist Gareth Austin.
If Emmery could see his brilliant creation today, I'm sure he'd be one happy man.
This post was originally published on October 25, 2016.